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12 Biggest Oscars Snubs and Surprises

In what was truly a roller coaster awards season, the Academy ultimately crowned “Birdman” as the best film of 2014, giving it four Oscars including the top prize of the night. “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s adolescent drama that was twelve years in the making, was long considered a frontrunner, until it started losing the guild awards. It only took home a single Oscar for best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

Here are the 12 biggest snubs and surprises from Oscars night.

SURPRISE: Birdman, best picture
A victory for any of the eight nominees for best picture would be considered a surprise, given how close this year’s award season race has been. Many predicted there would be a best picture/best director split this year, much like last year (between “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Gravity”), but that turned out not to be the case. “Birdman” swept the top two prizes of the night, causing “Boyhood” fans great heartache.
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SURPRISE: Alejandro G. Inarritu, best director “Birdman”
Linklater, who won the Golden Globe, lost momentum after the DGA, which went to Inarritu. But many pundits still thought that Linklater would emerge victorious in this category, for the simple fact that he spent so long making “Boyhood.” It turned out that the Academy really loved “Birdman.”

SURPRISE: “Big Hero Six,” best animated film
It was yet another showdown between Disney (“Big Hero Six”) and DreamWorks (“How to Train a Dragon 2”) in this category. The original “How to Train a Dragon” lost to “Toy Story 3” in 2010, and the sequel couldn’t cross the finish line either, despite picking up the early precursors like the Golden Globe and the Annie Award.

SURPRISE: Best editing, “Whiplash”
Richard Linklater’s editor Sandra Adair spent twelve years sifting through footage to assemble “Boyhood,” but the Academy gave the award to “Whiplash” instead. It was an early foreshadowing that “Boyhood” wouldn’t win best picture.

SNUB: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Since “Birdman” swept both picture and director, it’s s a little surprising that its star didn’t win an Oscar as well. Keaton was an early favorite in the category, until Eddie Redmayne—who delivers a career-changing performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”—won the SAG and BAFTA trophies, which are usually good predictors for the Oscar.



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