Oscars 2016: Snubs and surprises
The 2016 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and while several of the categories went down as expected — see: multiple nods for The Revenant, Spotlight, and Mad Max — there were definitely a few shocks and surprises.
Here are some of the biggest snubs — and pleasant surprises! — from this year’s nominees:
- Still no Oscar for Ridley Scott. The 78-year-old director has earned three nominations in the past (for Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Thelma & Louise), but he didn’t score a director’s nom for The Martian. The picture still earned seven nominations, including one for Matt Damon.
- Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara took home nominations for Carol, but Todd Haynes’ rich love story got shut out of Best Director and Best Picture.
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- Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger from Black Mass was one of the big snubs from the Golden Globes, and now, he’s going without an Oscar nomination, too.
- This is the second year in a row that every acting nominee at the Oscars is white. Last year, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite blew up on Twitter, and this year it could start trending again. Contenders like Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Michael B. Jordan (Creed), Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), and Will Smith (Concussion) all were all snubbed.
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- After Straight Outta Compton blew up the box office this summer, some were wondering whether the N.W.A. biopic could translate its popularity to awards gold. But Compton only earned one nod for Best Original Screenplay.
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- Speaking of box office success, Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn’t manage a nomination in Directing or Best Picture. Instead, it scored five technical nominations for Score, Film Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
- The screenplay categories honored several Oscar newbies, like Ex Machina’s Alex Garland and Room’s Emma Donoghue, but Aaron Sorkin, who penned Steve Jobs, was out of luck.
- His on-screen mother, Brie Larson, scored a Best Actress nod, as expected, but 9-year-old Jacob Tremblay was ignored for his excellent performance in Room. Still, director Lenny Abrahamson earned his first-ever nomination, which also got a Best Picture nomination.
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- The Hateful Eight was recognized for Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and directed the picture, didn’t get anything.
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- While his Spotlight costars Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo both earned nods in the best supporting category, Michael Keaton, who arguably leads the ensemble cast, got shut out. But Tom McCarthy’s journalism drama did snag nominations for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and Film Editing.
- Is Lady Gaga on her way to an EGOT? Fresh off her Golden Globes win for American Horror Story: Hotel, the singer earned an Oscar nod for her song “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. She already has six Grammys and two Emmy nominations for her TV specials.
- What a lovely day for George Miller and Mad Max: Fury Road. The action epic earned a whopping 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. (Still nothing for Charlize Theron, tragically.)
What do you think was the most egregious Oscar snub?
The Oscars air Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out the full list of nominations here.