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Those were just some of the snubs that left Oscar watchers scratching their heads as nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced on Thursday.
Other major oversights in the first batch of Oscar nominations announced included the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself and Radius-TWC’s Keep On Keepin’ On, both of which were left out of the best documentary feature category.
In the major categories, Eastwood failed to get a best director nomination for his work on American Sniper despite the film’s six nominations. If Eastwood had been nominated he would have been the oldest best director nominee in Oscar history. Another history-making candidate also wasn’t included: Selma‘s Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman nominated in the category.
Notable omissions in the acting categories included Jennifer Aniston, who failed to earn the best actress nomination many had predicted for her work in Cake; David Oyelowo, who wasn’t nominated for his turn as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma; Grand Budapest Hotel star Ralph Fiennes, who didn’t receive an acting nomination despite the film’s nine nominations; Big Eyes star Amy Adams, who just won the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy; Jessica Chastain, who had several chances at an Oscar nomination this year, with roles in Interstellar and hopefuls like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and A Most Violent Year, both of which were completely snubbed by the Academy; and Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, who were left out of the best actor and supporting actress fields, respectively. Gyllenhaal earned Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for his role in the film.
A Most Violent Year‘s shutout is also surprising because director J.C. Chandor‘s previous films received one Oscar nomination each, and his latest film was named the best movie of 2014 by the National Board of Review.
Gone Girl also was mostly snubbed by The Academy, with the film scoring a nomination for Rosamund Pike‘s role but not earning recognition in the adapted screenplay, directing or best score categories for Gillian Flynn, David Fincher, or Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who previously won an Oscar for their work on Fincher’s The Social Network. Wild was also denied a best adapted screenplay nomination for writer Nick Hornby and only earned two nominations (for Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern).
Foxcatcher also received four nominations — for best director (Bennett Miller), best actor (Steve Carell), best original screenplay and best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo) — but the film itself wasn’t nominated for best picture and co-star Channing Tatum didn’t get an acting nomination.
Check out some of the biggest snubs from Thursday morning’s nominations below:
The Lego Movie: left out of the animated feature category
Clint Eastwood: no best director nomination despite American Sniper‘s six noms
Life Itself and Keep On Keepin’ On: left out of the documentary feature category
Jennifer Aniston: no best actress nom for Cake
David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay: neither nominated for Selma, which only has two nominations (for best picture and best song)
Gone Girl: not nominated for best adapted screenplay, director or score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo: neither nominated for Nightcrawler
Ralph Fiennes: not nominated for his performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, despite the film’s nine nominations
Amy Adams: not nominated for her performance in Big Eyes, even though she just won a Golden Globe for her work in the film
Jessica Chastain: not nominated despite starring in multiple Oscar hopefuls including Interstellar, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and A Most Violent Year, the latter two of which were shut out completely
Foxcatcher: four noms, but not up for best picture and co-star Channing Tatum didn’t receive an acting nomination
Interstellar: five noms but only in technical categories and score
Unbroken: three noms but only in technical categories
Wild: two noms, but just for Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern (not nominated for best adapted screenplay)
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