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What To Say About This Year’s Oscar Snubs
We salute Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Inside Llewyn Davis

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The votes are in, the nominees announced and all that remains now is for Ryan Seacrest to start working on that magical hair of his in preparation for March 2’s big night. But wait! What about the unlucky omissions? The so-near-yet-so-fars? Where was poor benighted Llewyn Davis and that ginger moggy of his? And Robert Redford? And the much-tipped Emma Thompson? Here are ten candidates who’ll be drinking in the Why Not Me? saloon tonight.

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Inside Llewyn Davis

Missed out on: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor

The Coen brothers’ tale of a down-on-his-luck folk musician in 1960s Greenwich Village missed out on everything but Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing despite being good enough to deserve a nod for, well, everything. Perhaps the Academy found it too downbeat – like its downtrodden hero. Maybe Llewyn Davis was too subtle to grab attention amid astronauts, pirates and, er, AIDS victims in the eventual nominees. We like to think that, contrary to the evidence, the Academy in fact adores the film, making the rejection a sort of meta, thematically appropriate accolade that reflects Davis’s perpetual failures, and a tribute to the film’s excellent handling of underachievement.
 

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1 The place beyond the pines
If TPBTP was released in December it would have picked a best pic nod, certainly screenplay and maybe a supporting actor for Dane dehaan or cooper. Who was far more impressive in Pines than American Hustle. And while on the subject it would have been nice to see a best original screenplay for This is the End too. More

Posted by Jacksonnicholasp on Wednesday February 12, 2014, 18:34

2 Is this a black thing?
A movie about one of, no, THE most iconic people in history. Not even nominated. More

Posted by paulbrightonNOJUNK on Sunday January 19, 2014, 20:23

3 RE: There Will Be Snubs
Blue Jasmine was okay, but it was a bit overrated (in my opinion). So I wouldn't say it was a snub. As much as I love and miss James Gandolfini. I thought his performance in Enough Said wasn't Oscar Worthy (Though it was good). Llewyn Davis got seriously snubbed! Also did Rush And All Is Lost for best picture and anything else (Redford for Actor, Brühl for supporting Actor) Also, many people are complaining that Monsters University got snubbed. I thought it was crap and an absolute betrayal to the ingenious original. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 were a lot better, with Despicable Me 2 being one of the most funniest animations I've seen in the last few years. Frozen defiantly deserves the Oscar if it wins it. Oh, and Emma Thompson Not being nominated for best actress is LUDICRIS!!! More

Posted by Darren47 on Sunday January 19, 2014, 16:41

4 There Will Be Snubs
So you wanted Isaac, Hanks und Redford in the Best Actor Category - which only fits 5 names. So with Ejiofur, McConaughy, DiCaprio, Bale and Dern nominated only 2 of 'em could fit in with your snub list. Which would probably lead to you naming the other 3 who'd have to be left out as "snubs". Maybe they should extend the nominees list: like 15 Best Actors nominees? 20 Best Picture? Get over yourself, it's just the Oscars, who cares about those awards anyway... More

Posted by TheRudi on Sunday January 19, 2014, 13:44

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Movie 43 for Best .. Well, everything More

Posted by DavidSly on Saturday January 18, 2014, 17:26

6 Hanz Zimmer
The Man of Steel-Soundtrack is a masterpiece, instantly recognisable like John Williams score 35 years ago. I don't understand why is was not nominated. Regarding Monster University i like it if they judge Pixar different to their competition. Keeps them on their toes! More

Posted by Roderich on Saturday January 18, 2014, 16:28

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No love for Walter Mitty... even from Empire? Shame. More

Posted by philshepp on Saturday January 18, 2014, 09:55

8 Her
Spike Jones should be nominated for Best Director 'Her'. Also, Joaquin Phoenix should be nominated for best actor. It might of been that, last year he said that the academy was stupid. Joaquin should swap with Christian Bale in the nominations. American Hustle was a good film, but to me, it didn't reach high standards. Her, is a great film, so much better than American Hustle. More

Posted by sunnyshahs on Friday January 17, 2014, 22:19

9 RE:
I enjoyed The Croods A LOT more than Monsters U. It's only a matter of taste, because DreamWorks' and Pixar's humour couldn't be more different. Personally i laughed a lot throughout The Croods, while Monsters U left me cold as stone, it was just another proof that Pixar are slowly loosing what made them so particular, so good. I'm glad DreamWorks hasn't been overlooked this year. For Despicable Me 2 however you're absolutely right, what a pile of shit. The minions were extremely funny but the rest was... hum... just bland and stupid. More

Posted by dseys on Friday January 17, 2014, 19:33

10 Four Main Snubs
Ok, none of these would've won anyway, but for me there are four main snubs here. (I haven't seen Inside Llewyn Davis yet, so can't count that) but: 1- Monsters University not up for Best Animated Feature. Frozen will take it, but I thought MU was the best animated film of the year anyway. 2- Pacific Rim not up for Visual Effects. Nah it wouldn't have won, but I mean..The Lone Ranger? Pacific Rim's VFX were astounding. 3- Daniel Bruhl not up for Supporting Actor. He was incredible. I loved American Hustle, but I'd rather Bruhl was up than Cooper. 4- Tom Hanks not up for Best Actor. That's just insane. More

Posted by ryanmorris13 on Friday January 17, 2014, 12:40

11 YOU GUYS THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN GUYS
Three things: 1.) I reckon having limits on the number of nominations they can award is a problem. Certain years will have a wealth of contenders and others a distinct lack. There should just be nominations for everyone who deserves them rather than just leaving some people in the dust who fully deserve recognition. 2.) 'Best Actress' is a ridiculous category. There's no 'Best Lady Cinematographer' category is there? 3.) Best Ensemble ought to be a thing. More

Posted by bleugh07 on Friday January 17, 2014, 11:58

12 RE: MU
I too am surprised Monster' University didn't get a nod. Expected Frozen to win regardless but still, it was good fun and better than their last two efforts. Shocked Hanks wasn't nominated for Captain Phillips - a strong performance is turned into something completely else by the powerful ending. Hanks nails it and I'm sure 99% of people who have seen that scene felt like shedding tears if they actually didn't. Powerful stuff. Blackfish - only documentary I watched last year and thought-provoking and entertaining. The voters must have shares in SeaWorld or something! Rush - how on earth this film didn't receive more nods is beyond me. Perhaps September is a bad month to release Oscar hopeful's - remember Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy was released in Sep and completely over-looked by the Academy voters. Also, nothing for Mud either oh well better rectify this and vote in the Empire Awards! y money would be on 'Hustle' surprising everyone and winning Best Film but really hMore

Posted by MDG_78 on Friday January 17, 2014, 11:24

13 MU
I think the problem there is that we all tend to judge Pixar by their own standards, rather than everyone else's. So even when they're better than the rest, people aren't as as forgiving, if anything less then the most amazing thing ever. Which isn't fair tbh, when shite like the Croods can get a nod seemingly just for existing in a quiet animation year. More

Posted by manufan on Friday January 17, 2014, 11:09

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Forgot to mention Monsters University for Best Animated Film. I mean The Croods??? Despicable Me 2??? SERIOUSLY. It tops both those films on every single level. More

Posted by the film man on Friday January 17, 2014, 10:23


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