So, with the Oscar nominations out for the world to see, we’ve been filtering through rant after rant about the snubs and shouts to the high heavens about the surprises, and so I thought I’d weigh in on the snubs that I personally found perplexing. To be honest, there were a lot of expected nominees that I expected to be snubbed and so their lack of Oscar affections don’t surprise me (I never thought Gyllenhaal would make it, so his snub doesn’t surprise me), but looking at the list I found nine snubs that stick out like sore thumbs, and then just a film in general I’m totally confused about.
In no particular order:
|Gone Girl in Adapted Screenplay|
I understand that Gone Girl wasn't for everyone, and it didn't strike hot with the guilds, but one nomination that seemed the most assured was Gillian Flynn's nomination for penning the cutting script. In fact, in a year where Original Screenplays were hogging ALL of the attention, Flynn's script was the only Adapted Screenplay to snag some wins away from the frontrunners. It almost looked like Flynn could win the Oscar (although I always felt like The Imitation Game would steal the Oscar regardless), but to be snubbed entirely is just ridiculous.
|The LEGO Movie in Animated Film|
22 wins. Like, 22 EFFING wins. In fact, only six other awards were doled out. So it only missed SIX wins. It was the undisputed frontrunner, and while I did say all year that I never saw it actually winning the Oscar, this snub is ridiculous.
|Life Itself in Documentary Feature|
Every year, this category gets a WTF. It's just the way that the cookie crumbles. Still, Ebert was such a beloved staple in the world of cinema, and this documentary was so well received that I never imagined it would get the shaft. In fact, I was starting to feel like it was going to win the Oscar. This snub was so surprising that I actually didn't notice it when the nominees were announced because I just assumed it was there.
|Force Majeure in Foreign Film|
Much like Documentary, this category always has a weird surprise snub. I have not seen this movie, but I'm really pissed about this because this was like the only movie that had any chance of beating that horrible Ida for the Oscar.
|Birdman in Editing|
Early in the year, I wasn't sure that this would resonate here, considering how the film was shot to 'look', but it made such a HUGE dent with the precursors and the film was so loved that it felt like a very locked in nomination. In fact, I would have placed it in the #2 spot, right behind the inevitable Oscar winner, Boyhood. This is just weird.
|The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Visual Effects|
I don't understand this one at all. I've seen none of these movies, and could care less, but honestly EVERY ONE OF THEM has been nominated, and they clearly saw it since it landed noms in the Sound categories, so this is baffling, especially for films that were so obviously less showy (Captain America).
|Into the Woods in Sound Mixing|
Yeah, musicals often do really, really well here, and so this missing is weird, especially since it landed with a lot of the other tech departments.
|Interstellar in Cinematography|
The writing was on the wall, and yet this still feels so odd since the pattern that has been forming over the past few years made this feel like the year-out frontrunner. Maybe all the backlash over awarding Visual Effects in this category actually had something to do with this, or maybe the Best Picture nomination really is the key (Inception, Hugo, Life of Pi and Gravity were all nominated for Best Picture). Regardless, I had a feeling this would still show up here, and so it missing feels strange, especially for a black and white foreign film.
|Foxcatcher in Best Picture|
This doesn't feel like a snub until you look at the nominations themselves and see that this really overperformed, and in an expanded field, a lone director nomination doesn't look right. How in the world could this land in Directing, Writing, Acting (twice) and Makeup and then miss the Best Picture field. They only nominated eight films, so there was room. It just doesn't make sense.
|Selma in every category|
True, I predicted that this would underperform, but honestly...what the hell happened? The reviews were astonishing, the reception was great, the lofty importance thrust upon the film AND it's nominations was there and it just seemed like the film to beat...and then it started to slip and slip and then it wound up getting one of those Best Picture nominations that almost feels like an insult since the ONLY other nomination is got was for Original Song. So, like, your writing, acting, directing, editing and 'dressing' was inferior or just 'not worth our time', but that song Common and John Legend wrote was so damn good that you are now one of the best films of the year. It almost felt like a nomination they were forced into giving. Sure, late screening...blah blah blah...but this is just weird.