2015 Oscars: The Snubs and Surprises That Are Making the Internet Angry

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This morning at the ungodly hour of 5:30am, the Oscar nominations were unveiled (and an heir to Adele Dazeem was born). You would think that, this late in the award season, most of the nominations would be locked in, but, as anyone involved with Selma can now attest, sometimes the unexpected happens and a surprise contender sneaks in and throws everything off. Here's how this year's nominations shook out:

Best Actress:

Marion Cotillard (Two Days One Night)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

Now we have another reason to feel sorry for Jennifer Aniston. Nominated for the Golden Globe for her role in Cake, she was expected to get another nod here. This stings even more for those who've been binge watching Friends on Netflix recently (me). Amy Adams, who won a Golden Globe for her role in Big Eyes, also landed short. Blame it on Marion Cotillard, who most people thought would split the vote between her two performances in Two Days One Night and The Immigrant. Comment dit-on "Get it, girl" en francais?

Best Actor: 


Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Everyone is talking about the exclusion of David Oyelowo for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, a snub which contributed to the fact that all 20 contenders in the acting categories are white -- the first time this has happened since 1995. Pretty egregious, especially in the wake of Ferguson. Some were also expecting Jake Gyllenhaal to get some love (maybe the voters didn't like what they heard about him in Taylor Swift's "All Too Well"?).

Best Supporting Actress:

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Laura Dern (Wild)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

Another year, another Meryl Streep nomination. No surprise there, but some critics are starting to get annoyed that even a meh appearance by Streep has the power to push out worthier performances by other actresses, in this case Rene Russo for Nightcrawler and Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year. On the bright side, Laura Dern came out of nowhere to nab her first nomination since 1992. Somewhere out there, she is making this face.

Best Supporting Actor:

Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)

No real surprises here. Everyone assumes Simmons will win, but our hearts will always belong to Ethan Hawke. Read more on that undying love and everything he taught us about boys.

Best Picture:

American Sniper
The Imitation Game
The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Theory of Everything

This year, the Academy only went with eight picks for best picture (they usually go for nine out of the possible ten), which doesn't exactly send a positive message about the state of the film industry. Gone Girl got a lot of attention in the past few months, yet no sign of it here. More unusual is that Foxcatcher, which was nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor, was deemed not good enough to make this list. Oh, and Selma is considered one of the best pictures of the year, but isn't worthy of any other nominations except for Best Original Song? Academy voters, when asked what the hell they were thinking: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Best Director:

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

Everyone was prepared for history to be made in this category, with a nod for Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African American woman to be nominated for her expert work on Selma. Not so fast, says glacial-paced arc of the moral universe. Sigh.

Best Original Song:

“Everything Is Awesome” (The LEGO Movie) 
“Glory” (Selma)
“Grateful” (Beyond the Lights) 
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me)
“Lost Stars” (Begin Again)

If you were hoping that Lorde would do some weird zombie dancing at the Oscars this year to The Hunger Games' "Yellow Flicker Beat", you can stop now. Lana del Rey won't be there to listlessly spin in circles either, for "Big Eyes."

Best Animated Feature:

The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

There is no typo here. The LEGO Movie, which was the frontrunner to win this category, didn't even get a nomination. The Academy voters are apparently snobs and a half.


Okay, that's enough outrage for one post. Check out the full list of nominees. And tune in to the Oscars on February 22, 2015.