Oscar nominees often say it’s an honour just to be nominated, but these contenders didn’t even get that. These big stars and blockbuster movies were conspicuously absent when the Academy announced this year’s nominees on January 15.
As a camera-for-hire chasing gory news footage on the streets of L.A., Gyllenhaal had a chance to land his first nomination since Brokeback Mountain. Despite quite obviously wanting it just so frigging bad, Gyllenhaal was skipped in favour of Bradley Cooper, who slipped into the Best Actor category instead with his role in American Sniper.
She went without makeup for THIS??? The rom-com queen had a real chance at her first nomination for a meaty role as a woman living with chronic pain. Alas, previous winner Marion Cotillard was nominated instead for Two Days, One Night.
The World War II drama seemed like a shoe-in—until people saw it. Critics claimed it felt too much like Oscar bait, and director Jolie was just one of the many potential nominees shut out, although it did do well in the sound categories—keep that in mind if you just can’t get enough of sound editing.
By fall, Woodley was largely out of the race for her heartwrenching role as a teen cancer patient navigating first love in The Fault In Our Stars. Perhaps the film was too melodramatic for the Academy, but just the same, let’s take a moment to relive her truly wonderful performance with the above GIF of her crying like a lunatic.
Apparently they don’t play a lot of Del Rey albums at the Academy’s luncheons. The atmospheric singer was shut-out again this year for writing “Big Eyes” from Big Eyes (obvs). Last year she was a surprise snub for The Great Gatsby’s “Young and Beautiful.” Come on—that was Kim Kardashian’s proposal song people!
American Sniper emerged as a surprise contender with major nominations including Best Picture and, for Bradley Cooper, Best Actor. Eastwood though was not acknowledged in the Best Director category. He will spend the night crying his eyes out to the four Oscars he already has.
Neither Lorde’s Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 theme “Yellow Flicker Beat” or her heartfelt ballad “Ya Ya Ya I Am Lorde” were recognized by the Academy.
The bad news: The Lego Movie did not get nominated for Best Animated Feature. The good news: the Academy will have at least two more chances to celebrate the film’s unique style of block humour with 2017’s The Lego Batman Movie and 2018’s The Lego Movie II. The best news: When it comes to Lego Movie director Phil Lord, everything is always awesome:
It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
Even though it inspired a best-selling M.A.C makeup line and made prosthetic cheek implants look cool, Maleficent did not get a nod in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category.
While the civil rights drama, produced by Oprah Winfrey, did land nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song, it was frozen out of most categories, including Best Director for Ava Du Vernay, who would have been the first African-American woman nominated in the category since… EVER. Oh well, who needs to make history or break boundaries?