ByJosh Sammons, writer at
Comic and film fan, with a slight obsession with Superman. Writing in this big scary world.

This years Oscar nominations were released to the world on Thursday, and it's safe to say yet again they have brought some criticism, shock and head scratching. From directors and writers being snubbed to shocking nominations, yet again the prestigious awards ceremony has got everyone talking.

Here we take a look at some of the biggest surprises from the 2016 nominations.

No nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino

The Hateful Eight, the eighth film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino is a sharp and crisp addition to his filmography. While it’s no Pulp Fiction, many were expecting Tarantino to at least be nominated in the original screenplay category, considering he won for his last film Django Unchained a few years previously. Instead of lighting up this years ceremony, the director will have to make do with securing actress Jennifer Jason Leigh with her first nomination and handing a sixth nomination for film composer Ennio Morricone.

Shockingly though animated film Inside Out received a nomination in the same category.

Aaron Sorkin Snubbed

Writer Aaron Sorkin is one of the most respected writers in the industry, with work such as The Social Network and A Few Good Men under his belt. The film may have underperformed but many assumed he was a shoe-in to be nominated for his work on Steve Jobs, which featured his usual polished writing.

Maybe the snub came due to issues with the film and the family of Steve Jobs, who said the film wasn't an accurate portrayal of the entrepreneur or the fact it died out soon after it was released, either way, Sorkin's snub was a shock.

No love for Straight Outta Compton/Creed

Some would say it’s a surprise, others would point to previous years where great films have been snubbed. Is there a race problem? Or are these great films snubbed due to the overwhelming competition? Either way, two great films have been snubbed at this year’s awards, and it has caused some controversy. Firstly, Straight Outta Compton, the biopic about the group N.W.A was snubbed for the acting, directing or best picture awards, only receiving one nomination for best screenplay for the writers.

The films Executive Producer Will Packer called the lack of diversity at this years awards ceremony 'embarrassing' in a lengthy rant on his Facebook page.

Secondly comes Creed, the love letter to Rocky, which garnered action star Sylvester Stallone with a Golden Globe and a Best Supporting actor nomination. Meanwhile director/co- writer Ryan Coogler and lead Michael B. Jordan were snubbed. I'm not going to get into the politics of it all, but these two films deserved a lot more love from the academy voters.

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a great film, no question about it. The fourth instalment in the post apocalyptic series was universally loved by critics and fans alike. Not only is the film nominated for Best Picture, it’s also the second highest nominated film (10 Nominations) only behind The Revenant (12). The film is an action packed film that would normally fall into the category of summer blockbuster snubbed by the Academy Awards, alongside the likes of The Dark Knight. So it comes as a surprise that it was recognised by the voters.

Director George Miller also surprisingly picked up a nomination. While he did a superb job with the film and there’s no doubt it looked great, many were surprised to see the Babe director with a nomination over the likes of Spielberg and Tarantino. We weren't the only ones shocked, the director himself was pleasantly surprised, telling Women’s Weekly ‘It’s a party I didn't expect to be invited to’.

Steven Spielberg Snubbed

Steven Spielberg is one of the most respected and best loved directors of all time. His recent films included Lincoln and War Horse, despite them not being terrible they weren't near the directors best work. Bridge of Spies though, is a welcome entry into the directors filmography. The film once again teamed the director with actor Tom Hanks in a film set in the heart of the Cold War. The film did well with the critics upon its release. It currently sits at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Spielberg himself is no newcomer to the awards ceremony having been nominated several times, and winning directing awards for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise that the director didn't receive a nomination for last years effort.

What were the biggest surprises for you from this years nominations? Did your favourite films get nominated? were there any actors that were snubbed when they shouldn't have been?


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