Every year when the Oscar nominees are released there is an uproar about who should and should not have been nominated. Last year it was Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), and Selma star David Oyelowo who were snubbed, among others.
This year is no exception, many great films and performances were left out in the cold without nominations at all. From dramas, to blockbusters, it seems the academy turned a blind eye to a lot of great films and actors.
Let's start out with the obvious snubs.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Best Picture
This film is on pace to become the second highest grossing film of all time, but for some reason it didn't quite cut it for the academy. Star Wars fans should be happy to know that although the seventh installment wasn't nominated for best picture, it was nominated for best editing, original score, sound mixing, visual effects and sound editing.
So at least it may get something, but so much for it following in the footsteps of the franchises original installment that was nominated for the more applaudable awards of best director, best screenplay, and best supporting actor back in 1978.
The good news is the franchise is back up and running and will have plenty of opportunities to get bigger nominations with its sequels and spin offs. So don't feel too bad SW fans.
Straight Outta Compton - Best Picture
This biopic about hip-hop super group NWA was snubbed of the best picture category that seemed like it was within the films' reach. The drama directed by F. Gary Gray, starred relatively unknown actors, but was still captivating enough to catch critics' attention and rack up over $200 million dollars at the box office.
Many thought that some of the rookie actors or even Paul Giamatti were worthy of nominations but the rap drama received only a best screenplay nomination by the academy. We'll at least have our fingers crossed for that category.
The Hateful Eight - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director
Quentin Tarantino's eighth film was snubbed of the best picture nomination. Some thought that the terrific dialogue and characters were good enough to at least get Tarantino a nomination for best screenplay or director but the academy disagreed. Instead, the film got nominated in the categories of best supporting actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), best cinematography, and best original score.
For the record I don't think the academy has ever truly cared for Tarantino's explicit style of directing. The good news is that composer Ennicio Morricone did a terrific job with the music in this film, so I see that category as a predictable win for the film.
Creed - Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director
While Sly Stallone deservedly got a nomination for best supporting actor, this film didn't get any more nominations. The film received so much critical acclaim that most people thought it was a shoe in for a nom for best picture but unfortunately it wasn't. Michael B. Jordan was also snubbed of a potential best actor award, but many suspected he'd be left off of this list.
In the meantime Director Ryan Coogler has just joined the MCU and will direct Black Panther and Michael B. Jordan has a franchise of his own on his hands.
Now Lets Look At The Snubbed Actors/Actresses
Samuel L Jackson - The Hateful Eight
Samuel L Jackson's role in The Hateful Eight is long overdue, and it was worth the wait. Jackson's performance set the tone for the entire film and continued Jackson's reputation as Quentin Tarantino's muse. While Jackson's superior acting has lasted decades, Jackson will continue to go unrecognized on acting's biggest stage.
Will Smith - Concussion
Critics applauded Smith's performance in Concussion even if they mentioned the film being a little lackluster. Smith was nominated next to the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Bryan Cranston, and Eddie Redmayne for the golden globe for best actor but couldn't get next to those same names for an academy award. Will Smith's long and illustrious career will continue on without an Oscar this year.
Idris Elba - Beasts Of No Nation
This Netflix film is highly regarded as one of the best films of the year. It's intense subject matter and great directing was superb, but star Idris Elba and the film itself didn't receive a single nomination.
Charlize Theron - Mad Max: Fury Road
The action packed film Theron starred in is nominated for best picture, director, cinematography, and costume design. But the feminist supporting film could not get it's star a nomination.
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
To be fair, Alicia and Ex Machina are both already nominated, but it can be argued that the sci-fi thriller could have gotten Vikander a seperate supporting actress nomination.
Helen Mirren - Trumbo/Woman In Gold
Mirren provided impressive performances in both Trumbo and Woman In Gold but the veteran actress was not nominated for either.
Emily Blunt - Sicario
Sicario was a highly regarded film. It's excellent script and acting contributed to a thrilling experience. Without Blunt's emotional performance this film would have fell flat, but Blunt was not recognized for her performance.
For now, all we can do is hope that these directors, actors and actresses continue to provide us with excellent films and memorable roles.