Which Oscars Favorites Were Famously Snubbed by the Academy?


The awards season has begun. Right after the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, everyone is gearing up for the 86th Academy Awards. So who are you rooting for?

The Oscar nominees were revealed this week and here is a complete list.

But many were shocked that Oprah Winfrey, who gave a stellar performance in The Butler, was not nominated. Also missing from the nominees for the Best Actor category was Tom Hanks of Captain Phillips.

Other names who were not included in the list of nominees include Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), James Gandolfini (Enough Said), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), and director Lee Daniels (The Butler).

Blue Jasmine also didn’t get a Best Picture nod.

The outcry of loyal fans of these names may not make the Academy change their  mind mainly because they follow rules when coming up with the list of nominees. Understandably, if it would yield to protests of people who think their favorite actor or movie was deliberately snubbed, then anyone would be nominated.

However, there were two instances when the Academy had to include names through a write-in campaign. The most notable was Bette Davis (Of Human Bondage, 1934)  whose exclusion resulted in a controversy. She was eventually included in the list of Best Actress contenders but lost to Claudette Colbert of It Happened One Night.

Surely the Academy can’t get it right all the time. Bette Davis’ inclusion in the 7th Academy Awards is one proof. But just because they say you gets a shot at taking home the golden statue doesn’t mean we can’t give honor to those who we feel were unfairly left out of the race.

Below are some of the most memorable Oscar snubs in history.

Ben Affleck, Best Director, Argo, 2013

Many were shocked that he didn’t get nominated in the Best Director category especially since he won a Golden Globe for that. He went on to win the Best Director award at the Critic’s Choice Award and Argo eventually won an Oscar for Best Picture in the 86th Academy Awards.

Kathryn Bigelow, Best Director, Zero Dark Thirty, 2013

It was shocking that she didn’t get nominated for her direction of this truly great film. If it’s any consolation, the movie won an Achievement in Sound Editing along with Skyfall.

Christopher Nolan, Best Director, Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)

The Batman films were very good. But they weren’t good enough to earn Nolan an Oscar nomination. At least, Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Joker.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor, Titanic, 1997

Surprisingly, DiCaprio was snubbed while his co-star Kate Winslet was nominated for Best Actress. It was reported that he wasn’t fit for a nomination. But in the years that followed the Academy recognized his acting chops but never once did he win. This year he’s up for the Best Actor trophy for The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Tom Cruise, Best Actor, Jerry Maguire, 1996

Tom gave one of his most memorable portrayal in this movie but he was overlooked by the Academy, unlike his co-star Cuba Gooding Jr. who went on to win Best Supporting Actor.

Rob Reiner, Best Director, A Few Good Men, 1992

The movie was up for several Oscars–Best Picture, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, and Supporting Actor for Jack Nicholson–except for Best Director.

Barbra Streisand, Best Director, The Prince of Tides, 1992

It was obvious that the film was superb because it was nominated for Best Picture. What’s interesting, however, is that its director was not.

Jack Nicholson, Best Actor, The Shining, 1980

The actor has delivered a superb performance as a troubled father in this horror classic. It’s strange that he didn’t get nominated and the film was also left out of the Best Picture race.

Audrey Hepburn, Best Actress, My Fair Lady, 1964

She didn’t win Best Actress in 1961 for Breakfast At Tiffany’s and 3 years later, she was snubbed for her performance in My Fair Lady.

Gene Kelly, Best Actor, Singing in the Rain, 1952

He’s got one of the most memorable scenes in movie history but he didn’t snag a nomination. His co-star Jean Hagen got a nod for Best Supporting Actress, though. The movie was also up for Best Original Musical Score.

The Academy Awards happens in March. Let’s wait and see if there will be lots of upsets.


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