The 2011 Academy Award nominees carry little argument. Since the 2011 Academy Award nominees were mostly predetermined already, there wasn’t much debate or outrage this morning. However, a few unlikely names did get in, which left a few more on the outside looking in. Some of them were expected to get nominations since the beginning, and some had come on strong to look safe. However, the 2011 Academy Award nominees didn’t have room for more than a few big names.
The Best Picture field most notably kept out The Town, which was surging as a likely pick, while 127 Hours and The Kids Are All Right were slipping. But both of those former favorites stayed in, as Winter’s Bone took the final slot.
Among the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Best Director, the biggest name was the one left out. For the second time in three years, Christopher Nolan delivered an acclaimed summer blockbuster, and didn’t get honored for it. Although he was nominated for Original Screenplay, Nolan again failed to break into Director, with David O. Russell, the Coens, and Darren Aronofsky getting by him.
As for the actors, Javier Bardem’s surprising inclusion knocked off a few hopefuls. Robert Duvall was a sentimental pick for Get Low, while Ryan Gosling was coming on strong with Blue Valentine. However, although co-star Michelle Williams made the Best Actress cut, Gosling couldn’t do the same.
For supporting, the 2011 Academy Award nominees had no room for Spider Man. Andrew Garfield was considered a safe bet for The Social Network, especially with his rising stock in Hollywood. Instead, Garfield fell out of the field, while Jeremy Renner and John Hawkes reaped the benefits.
In the actress categories, things went largely as expected. Hailee Steinfeld ultimately got in for Supporting, after some debate on whether she could break into Best Actress – or fall short in both. Instead, the biggest Best Actress snub was Another Year’s Lesley Manville, who might have had better luck in Supporting, like Steinfeld.
Instead, the 2011 Academy Award nominees for Supporting Actress were rounded out by Jacki Weaver. The indie favorite for Animal Kingdom broke through, over higher profile names like Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest.
For all the actors, actresses and movies that made the cut with no trouble, others have a reason to feel slighted. The Town, Blue Valentine, Rabbit Hole and Another Year fell short in a large field, while directors like Nolan, Danny Boyle, Debra Granik and Lisa Cholodenko were left out. Meanwhile, Duvall, Gosling, Garfield, Kunis, Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Matt Damon, Justin Timberlake, Hilary Swank and many more fell just shy.
While the 2011 Academy Award nominees have a busy month of preparations ahead, those on the outside will head right back to work, and hope for better luck very soon.
Entertainment Weekly- “Oscar snubs: Christopher Nolan? Ryan Gosling? Barbara Hershey?”
ABC News- “Oscar Snubs and Surprises: Nolan Left Out Again”