The Academy Awards nominations are out, and there are some notable snubs.
The movie Selma has been praised for its portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr.’s protest for black rights, but surprisingly Ava DuVernay didn’t get nominated for Best Director, and David Oyelowo didn’t get nominated as Best Actor.
“Was it the fallout from Paramount’s decision not to send screeners to guild members? Was it questions over historical accuracy? Regardless, DuVernay’s examination of a pivotal time in American history and the players shaping it was more than worth of a place in what is the Academy’s boy’s club this year,” reported Deadline.
The film did, however, get nominated for Best Picture, and Original Song.
Other big snubs included Clint Eastwood, who was left out of the Best Director field for American Snipers, and Jennifer Aniston, who was left out of the Best Actress field for Cake.
“Aniston was considered a surprise threat for the Best Actress category during the earlier part of award season, seeing as how Cake was getting drowned out by other films. However, when she scored a Globe nomination, it looked like Aniston had this one in the bag,” reported People.
Another noted snub was Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler. “A smart and increasingly seasoned actor inhabiting a role that speaks directly to our era. This creature of the 24/7 news cycle night from the Dan Gilroy directed Nightcrawler made it look so easy and creepy at the same time,” Deadline noted.
Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Ralph Fiennes (Grand Budapest Hotel), and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar) were among the other notable snubs.
Surprises included Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress for Wild, Bradley Cooper for Best Actor for American Sniper, and Marion Cotillard for Best Actress for Two Days, One Night.
“The nod was so unexpected that it drew audible gasps during the nomination announcement,” People noted.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is slated for February 22, 2015 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.