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Oscars 2016: Snubs and Surprises

Laura Cafasso ’18 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures.

We all dream in gold.

That is what flashed across the screen, a sophisticated scrawl of impending hopes and dreams as the press anxiously chatted and mingled before the nominations. Then, directors Ang Lee and Guillermo del Toro revealed the first round of nominees, followed by actor John Krasinski and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Surprise: Star Wars

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Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.

While it was a long shot it would be nominated in any of the major categories, Star Wars: The Force Awakens clenched two nods in the sound category, visual effects, film editing, and original score. I mean with John Williams, how can you not?

Surprise: The Press Itself

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Lupita Nyong'o, winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

While some names garnered no applause or whispers, the press seemed to favor Mad Max: Fury Road and Sicario when they were announced for cinematography. Any other time Mad Max was mentioned, the room was abuzz and came alive with positive commentary.

Snub: Idris Elba

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Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation. Photo Credit: Netflix.

Several media outlets (like Entertainment Weekly) predicted that Idris Elba would get a supporting actor nomination for Beasts of No Nation. He was left out of the line up that includes Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hardy, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Bale, and Mark Rylance.

Snub: Ridley Scott

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Matt Damon in the Martian. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

In a gasp-inducing moment, Room director Lenny Abrahamson beat out Ridley Scott (The Martian) for the fifth spot of nominated directors.

Surprise/ Snub: Straight Outta Compton

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Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr., Jason Mitchell, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Corey Hawkins in Straight Outta Compton. Photo Credit: Universal Pictures.

The Washington Post and some other outlets did not have high hopes for biographical hip-hop drama, but a satisfactory shift came when its name rang out in the Original Screenplay and unfortunately the film’s name wasn’t called in the Best Picture category.

Snub: Brad Pitt, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling

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Christian Bale in The Big Short. Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures.

It seems Christian Bale is the only one carrying the torch for The Big Short, since his housing market posse were left in the dust.

Surprise: Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence in Joy. Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.

No one can deny the magic and allure of J-Law, but the room of reporters seemed perturbed by her name being put in the Best Actress category. She did, after all, beat out Amy Schumer for the Golden Globe, so maybe we will see her win her second Oscar come February.

 

 

 

 

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