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Who got snubbed by the Academy Awards?

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Who got snubbed by the Academy Awards?

By: Guest Blogger
Who got snubbed at the Academy Awards Well, the nominees for the 86 th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning, and they were largely the expected choices. As usual, the most interesting part was noting what got snubbed. But first, here’s what you need to know: Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena The Wolf of Wall Street Best Actor: Christian Bale ( American Hustle) Bruce Dern ( Nebraska) Leonardo DiCaprio ( Wolf of Wall Street) Chiwetel Ejiofor ( 12 Years a Slave) Matthew McConaughey ( Dallas Buyers Club) Best Actress: Amy Adams ( American Hustle) Cate Blanchett ( Blue Jasmine) Sandra Bullock ( Gravity) Judi Dench ( Philomena) Meryl Streep ( August: Osage County) Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi ( Captain Phillips) Bradley Cooper ( American Hustle) Michael Fassbender ( 12 Years a Slave) Jonah Hill ( Wolf of Wall Street) Jared Leto ( Dallas Buyers Club) Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins ( Blue Jasmine) Jennifer Lawrence ( American Hustle) Lupita Nyong'o ( 12 Years a Slave) Julia Roberts ( August: Osage County) June Squibb ( Nebraska) Okay, now for the snubs! The most gasp inducing? The poor performance of Captain Phillips! Sure, it got a best picture nod and first-timer Barkhad Abdi got a nod for supporting actor, but director Paul Greengrass was passed over and, most shockingly of all, star Tom Hanks—yes, perennial Oscar golden-boy Tom Hanks—was left out of the best actor category! His performance was admittedly a very restrained one, but people couldn’t stop talking about his big dramatic breakdown in the final scene. Hanks’ slot seems to have gone to American Hustle’s Christian Bale, who was widely expected to be passed over. I guess the Academy couldn’t resist nominating all four of that film’s leads. The next biggest snubbees: the Coen Brothers, whose much-praised Inside Llewyn Davis had to console itself with two tech nods: best cinematography and best sound mixing. The Coens have been nominated—and even won—before, so it’s probably no skin off their noses, but it’s a downright shame that the film’s ultra-talented (and still largely unknown) star, Oscar Issac, didn’t get a place at the table. Not only is he a great actor, he sings like an angel in that movie, and without making any big show of it. (His lack of showiness is probably why he wasn’t nominated, actually.) Almost completely shut out, meanwhile, were two films once considered major players: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which got nothin’, and Saving Mr. Banks, which got one nod, for best score. The former probably peaked too soon, having come out last summer (also: it proved a bit too melodramatic for many), whereas the latter was maybe just too big a piece of crap, even for the Academy. Still, many expected Saving Mr. Banks star Emma Thompson to land a nod; as it turned out, her slot went—like Hanks’s slot—to an American Hustle cast member: Amy Adams. And finally, what happened to Robert Redford? Sure, not many people saw the old duffer’s largely wordless performance in All is Lost, but being Hollywood royalty is usually good enough reason for a nod. I guess the field was just too crowded this year. (Photo: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.)
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