By Aglaia Staff

Sometimes you can and can’t even say, “It was an honor to be nominated.” Here’s a look at the films and performers who failed to be recognized on Oscar nomination morning, or who are cheering their unexpected success.

Robert Redford was the only cast member in director J.C. Chandor’s at-sea survival tale. Despite his acting tour de force, Redford failed to land a best actor nomination. The boat, however, got a best supporting actor nomination. Just kidding. The boat got snubbed too.
 
James Gandolfini’s untimely death in 2013 gave extra exposure to this romantic comedy from director Nicole Holofcener, leading to much speculation that the actor might receive his first Oscar nomination. Though Gandolfini grabbed posthumous nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards, the SAG Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards, an Oscar nomination just wasn’t going to happen. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Holofcener were also snubbed.

 
All that talk about whether or not Scarlett Johansson could be nominated for an Oscar for her voice work in Spike Jonze’s romantic film was for naught. The actress was not nominated.

Director Paul Greengrass’ film “Captain Phillips” was nominated for best picture, but the director himself did not grab a nomination. Greengrass is shown, second from the right, on the set of “Captain Phillips.”

Many critics felt “The Wolf of Wall Street’s” hard-partying ways would be too much for the older and more conservative tastes of the academy voters. But apparently those old-timers have a fondness for their wilder days. Martin Scorsese’s film grabbed five nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and actors Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Many felt “Saving Mr. Banks,” about “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ battles with Walt Disney over the making of the film was a sure thing for Oscar nominations. But despite generally positive reviews for Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Disney, the film was shut out at the Oscars.

Going into awards season, many felt that Tom Hanks could get two acting nominations for “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” But he failed to be nominated for either film. And Hanks even serves on the academy’s board of governors. Hollywood really is a tough town.
 
Many critics felt “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen‘s look at the world of folk singers, was among their best films. The academy apparently begged to differ. The film only received two nominations, for cinematography and sound mixing.

Oprah Winfrey’s much heralded return to the big screen had all the makings of an Oscar-nominated performance. She played the same character seen over a large span of time with many different appearances and a fair amount of anger. Somehow, it just wasn’t enough to land a nomination.

Academy voters apparently didn’t take to this decade-spanning tale of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker). The film failed to land any nominations, even though it was a surprise box-office hit and landed SAG Award nominations for Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and its entire ensemble cast.

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s brutal look at the life of Tilikum, the killer whale held in captivity at SeaWorld, resulted in heaps of bad press for the theme park. Though it was able to generate a lot of press, it failed to capture a nomination for documentary feature.

This French coming-of-age drama was a smash at Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or, but maybe the film’s abundant nudity and graphic sex scenes were too much for the voters. It was not nominated for best foreign language film.

Ron Howard is usually a sure thing at the Oscars, ever since winning for “A Beautiful Mind.” But though many said “Rush,” about Formula 1 race car drivers, was one of his most enjoyable movies in years, it will not be taking a victory lap at Oscar time.

The 86th Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will be held on March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

 

 

 The Oscars 2014: Snubs And Nominees
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