Winfrey, Hanks Among This Year's Most Notable OSCAR Snubs
Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the 86th Academy Awards® nominations this morning, Thursday, January 16. Boone Isaacs and Hemsworth unveiled the nominations at a news conference at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world gathered.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremonies.
So now that the nominations have been announced, who can be considered among the biggest snubs of this year's awards? Many believed talk show queen Oprah Winfrey was a shoo-in for her role in Lee Daniels' The Butler. The performance marked The First Time the Oscar winner appeared on the big screen in 15 years. In addition, the 'Color Purple' star received nods from The SAG Awards, the BAFTAs and the Critics Choice Awards. The film failed to get a nomination for Best Picture as well.
Another name not called this morning was that of 'Saving Mr. Banks' star Emma Thompson, whose turn as testy Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers was hailed as the best performance of the film.
On the actor's front, Robert Redford, who received a Gotham Award, a New York Film Critics Circle Award and an Independent Spirit nomination for his role as a wayward seaman in All Is Lost, failed to get the Oscar nod. The actor last received a nomination 40 years ago for his role in The Sting opposite Paul Newman.
With two films in the can this year, many believed Tom Hanks would surely be recognized, most notably for his performance in Captain Phillips, based on real life events of the 2009 hostage crisis in Somalia. Hard to feel too badly for the five-time nominated actor who picked up back-to-back trophies in 1994 and 1995.
The Best Picture category had some notable exclusions as well, beginning with Inside Llewyn Davis, the folksy Coen brothers' film which was the Grand Prix winner at last year's Cannes Film Festival.
Sundance Film Festival entry Fruitvale Station was also snubbed. The film, which marked the debut of director Ryan Coogler was picked up by the Weinstein Company and was a favorite among movie-goers this year.
While two of its stars, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, received nominaitons for August: Osage County, the film itself failed to get a nom for Best Picture or Best Adapted Screenplay by Tony-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
The late actor James Gandolfini, a sentimental favorite, gave a remarkable performance in 'Enough Said' from director and writer Nicole Holofcener. The 'Sopranos' star has received both SAG Awards and Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor nominations but was left out of this year's Oscar race.
Inside Llewyn Davis' Justin Timberlake was also left out of the award celebration for his work in the film. The former 'NSync band member co-wrote the tune,'Please Mr. Kennedy', for the Coen Brothers drama.
In the category of Best Director, Spike Jonze (Her), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), and Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels' The Butler) can all be considered notable omissions.
Tell us which of your favorites were snubbed by The Academy this year!