The Biggest Snubs
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 2016 Oscars Thursday, celebrating the year’s biggest achievements in film. The Revenant led the pack with 12 nominations, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 and The Martian with seven nominations. But which films and actors were ignored? Check out the year’s biggest snubs, ahead.
Ridley Scott (The Martian) for Best Director
Ridley Scott, who previously earned three Best Director nominations for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down, was shut out of the race this year. While The Martian picked up various other high-profile nods, including Best Actor for Matt Damon, Best Adapted Screenplay, and even Best Picture, Scott himself was snubbed. “I’m quite taken aback by that,” said Mad Max director George Miller, who was nominated. “I’m a fan of The Martian and I’m a huge fan of his work.”
Todd Haynes (Carol) for Best Director and Carol for Best Picture
Many pieces of the critically acclaimed Carol earned honors, but the full product of the drama was seemingly not enough for the Academy. Cate Blanchett nabbed a Best Actress nominee, Rooney Mara was named in the Best Supporting Actress category, and the film also grabbed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Director Todd Haynes, however, was left off the Best Director list, and, despite its many celebrated features, Carol missed a nomination for Best Picture.
Johnny Depp (Black Mass) for Best Actor
Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp took on the role of mob legend Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, and got little payoff for it. The crime drama was the latest in a string of box-office bombs for the actor, and despite largely positive critical reviews, it was shut out completely in the nominations.
Michael B. Jordan (Creed) for Best Actor, Ryan Coogler (Creed) for Best Director, and Creed for Best Picture
While Golden Globe winner Sylvester Stallone was included in the Best Supporting Actor category, his nomination is the only one for Creed. Michael B. Jordan, who was previously snubbed by the Academy following his 2013 role in Fruitvale Station, was left off the Best Actor list once more. Ryan Coogler was also excluded in the Best Director category, despite his successful efforts to revitalize the Rocky franchise with a completely different spin.
Jacob Tremblay (Room) for Best Supporting Actor
Now just 9 years old, Jacob Tremblay made a name for himself with his role in Room. Appearing opposite Best Actress nominee Brie Larson, Tremblay earned a SAG Awards nomination for his turn as Jack, but was left out of the Oscar nominations for the year. “I think this kid was simply magical,” an EW commenter wrote. “He should have been nominated, because to be this pure and touching and believable at this age is simply amazing.”
Idris Elba (Beast of No Nation) for Best Supporting Actor
Idris Elba was not included in the star-studded Best Supporting Actor category. The star earned acclaim for his turn in Beasts of No Nation, and even nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actor. The Academy, however, had little interest — Beasts got completely shut out.
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) for Best Actress
Mad Max: Fury Road earned 10 nominations, but Charlize Theron was ignored. The star, who previously took home the Oscar in 2004 for her role in Monster and was nominated again in 2006 for North Country, was left out of the Best Actress race. “For all the nominations Mad Max Fury Road came away with, Charlize Theron deserved a spot on the Best Actress list as the magnetic and immediately iconic Imperator Furiosa,” an EW commenter wrote.
Straight Outta Compton for Best Picture
F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton ruled the summer box office and quickly became a critical darling, but the N.W.A biopic landed a spot on the list of Academy snubs. Already nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the SAG Awards and the winner of Movie of the Year from the AFI Awards, Straight Outta Compton earned just one Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Emily Blunt (Sicario) for Best Actress
The Academy showed some love for Sicario, but little for the movie’s lead actress, Emily Blunt. The movie was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography, but the British star was excluded from the Best Actress category. “Emily Blunt has been overlooked multiple times by the Academy (Young Victoria, Into the Woods and now Sicario),” writes an EW commenter. “I don’t get it. “
Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs) for Best Adapted Screenplay
Just days after he took home the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, Aaron Sorkin was snubbed by the Academy. The celebrated writer, who already has Golden Globe, Oscar, and Emmy wins to his name, was left out of the Best Adapted Screenplay category for his work on Steve Jobs. The biopic about the tech innovator received only two nominations, honoring lead actors Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. “Lack of nomination for Aaron Sorkin for Best Adapted Screenplay is shocking and disappointing,” wrote one EW commenter.
Will Smith (Concussion) for Best Actor
Will Smith’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama was not enough to sway the Academy. The veteran star wasn’t named for Best Actor and Concussion was excluded from the nominations completely.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Picture
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned nominations for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects, it was shut out of all of the major categories, including Best Picture. “It has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It was highly praised not only by regular moviegoers, but also a great amount of respectable critics. It just doesn’t make any sense to me how the Academy is not able to recognize how great this film really is,” an EW commenter wrote.
Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) for Best Director and Best Screenplay
Long an awards show darling, Quentin Tarantino was snubbed this year in two categories, directing and writing. The filmmaker previously took home Oscar wins for writing Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction. The three nominations that Hateful Eight did pick up were Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Michael Keaton (Spotlight) for Best Supporting Actor
Spotlight was celebrated by the Academy with six nominations, but Michael Keaton didn’t make the cut despite playing the film’s conscience, Boston Globe editor Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson. He was the first among equals in an amazing ensemble, but perhaps voters cost Keaton a shot at a second consecutive nomination because they couldn’t decide whether to place him in the lead or supporting categories. Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams nabbed supporting acting nods for the Spotlight team instead.
The Peanuts Movie for Best Animated Feature Film
A favorite for moviegoers — boasting a rare A CinemaScore, The Peanuts Movie was left off the list for the year’s Best Animated Feature Films. Edged out by the likes of Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There, the flick about Charlie Brown and the gang earned zero nominations. “All I can say to the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences is, ‘Good grief you blockheads!'” one EW commenter wrote.