87th Academy Awards Nominations: Biggest Snubs

Posted in Screening Room by - January 16, 2015

Like any award show, the Academy Award nominations are bound to upset some folks due to certain films, actors, and directors being snubbed out by the nominating committee. This year is no different unfortunately; here are my thoughts on some of the biggest snubs this year.

Ava DuVernay for Selma

It seems that for some reason the Academy has a hard time nominating women, let alone a black women for some unknown reason, since there were two films this year that were directed by women that would have warranted a nomination. The most egregious snub though is to Ava DuVernay for her direction of Selma which makes almost no sense. Selma, in light of this year’s race turmoil, is important a film as ever for the Academy to take seriously yet they apparently decided not to. Kathryn Bigelow was the first women to win an Oscar for directing for The Hurt Locker but since then the Academy has had problems nominating women directors. It’s a shame.

David Fincher for Gone Girl

The Academy and David Fincher haven’t seemed to see eye to eye in the past; Zodiac is one of my favorite films and neither it nor Fincher were nominated by the Academy. Then he was nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which lost to Slumdog Millionaire, a film that I enjoyed but is seen as undeserving of the Oscar win. Then again this year Fincher is royally snubbed for one of my favorite films of the year Gone Girl, both for direction and best picture. If I had it my way Bennett Miller would be replaced by David Fincher, yeah that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it. Fincher will win an Oscar eventually but he’s becoming the modern day Scorsese.

David Oyelowo in Selma

The Academy and Selma this year is a joke. The film was snubbed for the safe choices in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman while a film that actually tackles a relevant topic is cast aside. We get it Academy, you don’t like inciting conversation about movies so you pick the safe movies, as was the case with Crash winning over Brokeback Mountain. It’s disappointing since Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the best performances this year and the Academy doesn’t seem to want to touch a movie that talks about race relations. It’s both embarrassing and disappointing. 

The Lego Movie

How in the blue hell did the Academy snub The Lego Movie? Seriously, I don’t even want to talk about this because of how angry it makes me. It just continues to further solidify that the Academy is seemingly run by a bunch of old white men who are out of touch with the public. 

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

There are no words really, just another disappointment by the Academy. Swap Redmayne with Gyllenhaal. 

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