The 11 (5+1 ONTD Exclusive) biggest 2014 Oscar nomination snubs

The Academy got a lot of things right this year, but, as always, they left a lot of expected nominees out in the cold. Relative surprises like Philomena’s Best Picture nomination, Christian Bale’s Best Actor nomination and Amy Adams’ Best Actress nomination meant that the films and actors below didn’t make the cut.

Inside Llewyn Davis

The biggest snub of all hit the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis hard. A nomination for the excellent lead actor Oscar Isaac was a long shot in an overly crowded Best Actor year, but the fact that the film was shut out of Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay had to really hurt.

On top of all that, this film about the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960s couldn't even break into the Best Original Song category. While the musical centerpiece of the film is a new version of an old traditional and therefore ineligible, the one original piece for the film, the hilarious "Please Mr. Kennedy" was left off the list. Who wouldn't want to see Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver perform this instant hit on Oscar night? (OP's note: the song was actually ruled ineligible because it contains quotations, thus making it "not original")

Tom Hanks

Even with the crowded Best Actor field, Tom Hanks had been seen as a lock for months. But while Captain Phillips made it into the Best Picture and Best Adapated Screenplay categories, Hanks was left out as Best Actor.


One obvious omission from the Best Foreign Film category is Blue Is the Warmest Color, but in the case of that film it's because France chose not to submit it (Perhaps if they had, they would have earned themselves a nomination). But the arguably bigger snub is Wadjda, the first film ever made by a woman in Saudi Arabia. Credit goes to that country for submitting the film for consideration, but it still did not make it into the list of nine finalists, let along the final five.

Emma Thompson

Maybe if Oscar voters had seen Emma Thompson's boozy, brilliant Golden Globes presenter performance before their ballots were due, she would have had a better chance to break through for Saving Mr. Banks.

James Gandolfini

Oscar voters denied James Gandolfini a rare posthumous nomination for his sweet, funny, charming, entirely un-Tony Soprano-like Best Supporting Actor performance in Enough Said, perhaps wanting to make room for actors who could attend the ceremony in March. Also left out were longer-shots Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Best Actress and Nicole Holofcener for Best Original Screenplay.

BONUS: Lana Del Rey

The winner of "Best Song In A Film" at the ONTD Film Critic Society Awards, Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby was widely considered to be a foregone conclusion in the Best Original Song category. The song was even the subject of a smear campaign that attempted (seemingly successfully) to dissuade nominations.


What are your favorite unrecognized films/performances of the year?