The Oscar nominees are days away from discovering their fate. Yet the Oscar nominees have already won just by getting nominated in the first place. Not every movie or performer can say that, as some fell just short of joining Sunday night’s party. In fact, some of the biggest snubs are only now starting to heal for fans. However, this is one last recap of the biggest names who should have been Oscar nominees.
Best Director: Christopher Nolan
Even now, few can comprehend why Nolan didn’t get in for Inception. All of the intricate, confounding, confusing, yet original ideas came from Nolan’s brain, and his camera brought every dream level to vivid life. However, although he got nominated for his screenplay, his work in the director’s chair was snubbed.
If he was an Oscar nominee for Memento and/or The Dark Knight, this might not have been so noteworthy. Yet this rejection has convinced fans and pundits that the Academy has it in for Nolan. They have been accused of bias against Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the past, and now Nolan is the latest visionary director to seem slighted. But time will tell if they come around, like they did with Spielberg.
Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield
For most of awards season, Andrew Garfield looked like a safe Oscar nominee for The Social Network. It was a breakout fall for Garfield, due to his raves for Social Network and Never Let Me Go,and his selection as the new Spider Man. But even as The Social Network kept winning awards, Garfield slowly but surely lost momentum before he fell out of the category.
A common complaint around The Social Network was that it had no emotional core. Yet Garfield’d Eduardo Saverin is one of the main reasons why that theory was wrong. The Academy’s snub wasn’t on par with Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker’s alleged actions, but Garfield’s absence is still out of place. Still, since Christian Bale, Geoffrey Rush, Jeremy Renner, John Hawkes and Mark Ruffalo made the cut, Garfield didn’t have much wiggle room.
Best Actress/Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore
Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo were expected Oscar nominees for The Kids Are All Right. However, the other end of their unique love triangle, Julianne Moore, was left out. Unlike Nolan and Garfield, Moore is an Oscar veteran, and was just nominated last year for A Single Man. Still, if not for her, Bening and Ruffalo might not have earned their nominations – but she seems to be getting a lack of credit.
Perhaps there was no room for Moore in Best Actress, especially since she might have split votes with lead contender Bening. Best Supporting Actress might have been a possibility, although Moore was as much a lead as Bening was. But True Grit‘sHailee Steinfeld was also a lead, yet paid off in going down to Supporting Actress, so Moore could have gotten away with it as well.
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