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.