Now that the Golden Globes are done, all eyes are on the 88th Academy Awards. Nominees were announced recently and in the eternal topsy-turvy state of Hollywood, there are both the good and bad surprises.
The Revenant led the nods with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor while Mad Max follows closely with 10 nominations. However, critics and fans aren't all that happy about all the nominees. #OscarsSoWhite was a hashtag used last year to call out the lack of people of color among nominees. This year, the hashtag sees the light of day again after critics protested about the lack of diversity.
From race and ethnicity to overlooked performances, let's look at some of this year's biggest Oscar snubs.
Carol for Best Picture
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are both in the running for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. However, for the film to be snubbed for a spot in the Best Picture category caused a lot of buzz. It seems that a period romance between two women in an extremely masculine world doesn't isn't enough to make the cut. Its acclaimed precision and prowess just didn't align with the Academy taste. The same is to be said for director Todd Hayne's Best Director snub.
Sicario for Best Picture
The movie was strong on so many levels. From the distinctly muscular thriller that it was to the bold performances of Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Emilio del Toro, it's completely shocking that the film didn't get a nomination. Perhaps the portrayal of the drug cartel war was more brutal than it made sense. Either way, it's a regrettable snub.
Ridley Scott for Best Director
The Martian won Best Comedy in the Globes, which left many puzzled and seeking answers. However, more people are scratching their heads after director Ridley Scott was left in the dark for an Oscar nomination. We had high hopes for the legend, after the Oscars have been rewarding those who have pushed the boundaries including the likes of Alfonso Cuarón and Ang Lee.
Idris Elba for Best Supporting Actor
Beasts of No Nation is arguably the biggest Netflix release in recent years. However, beyond the streaming service, the film didn't receive much love and appreciation. Despite the lack of reception, fans and critics highly praised Idris Elba for his heavily accented performance as a West African Commandant in an unforgiving tale of child soldiers. Some have gone as far as accusing the Oscars for not giving enough opportunities to people of color.
Michael B. Jordan for Best Actor
Creed was an unexpected hit in the box office but it was Michael B. Jordan that blew everyone's socks off. His raw and stellar performance as the son of Rocky Balboa's greatest rival was the stuff Oscars are made of. Sadly, he didn't bag a nomination. Rolling Stone was so hopeful for the actor that the publication even said that perhaps he shouldn't have been born black.
In an industry with double standards, it seems that there will always be controversy every step of the way.