I've shown one side of the coin, Oscar Winners. Now here's the flip side, the biggest snubs of the night.
1. Ridley Scott : Director of The Martian (and my favorite film of all time Alien) was nowhere to be found when it came to nominees for best director. He won the Golden Globe for best director, so it was fairly surprising to see that he didn't make the cut here.
2. Quentin Tarantino : Yet another technically unfair pick, given that he's one of my favorite directors of all time and he seriously should have won Best Director. But putting personal feelings aside, it was still a shock that he didn't take home a single award that night. He's 8 films in, has two wins for best screenplay and two nominations for best director but hasn't won it yet. Given that he's said he's only going to make 10 films, I have my fingers crossed that one of his next two will get him the win.
3. Ryan Coogler : Talk about cheated huh? Ryan Coogler's Creed was a fantastic film. That's why it was strange to see that the only nod Creed was given went to Sylvester Stallone for best supporting actor (which he did not win). Maybe Ryan Coogler is dealing with the Leo syndrome, he could just be too new to the industry to get the recognition. If he keeps his head up and continues to work hard he'll earn his place for sure.
4. Idris Elba : His inclusion for his role in Beasts Of No Nation could have easily torn down every argument involving the controversy of the 88th Academy Awards. The movie had a very strong subject matter, which could be why it wasn't included. But if that was the case, what makes Django Unchained any different? Anyway, Idris Elba definitely deserved a nomination, but there's always next year, am I right?
5. Jacob Tremblay : Another snub that can really be chalked down to the age matter. All too often the line between actor and child actor is too clearly defined. His performance in Room was compelling and just truly remarkable. I'm not saying he should have won, but a nomination for best supporting actor could have been nice.
6. Sylvester Stallone : Well this list just couldn't be complete without Rocky himself. The carpet was pulled out from under him as he lost best supporting actor to Mark Rylance. This could easily be the biggest snub of the night, fans of the Rocky franchise band together and show your love, he needs it right about now.
Before I end this, let's get address the elephant in the room. Star Wars was shut out, but in all honesty, it wasn't made to generate award wins, it was made to pump out huge box office numbers. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I'd only give The Force Awakens a win for best sound editing if any at all. Also some honorable mentions for snubs include Carol having 6 nominations but winning none, and Sam Smith's win for that abysmal song they call the opening of Spectre.
7. Sicario: This is by far my top choice for biggest Oscar Snub. Sicario should have found itself in categories like Best Supporting Actor (Benicio Del Toro), Best Leading Actress (Emily Blunt)...the list can go on. This movie is extremely well done, it was powerful and driven, it was amazing. I feel like this movie went severely under-appreciated this year. Of all the controversy surrounding the night, it is surprising that this movie wasn't brought up.
If you feel like there are any snubs I missed or if you think I got some wrong let me know in the comments!