Every awards season is filled with notable snubs, but none more so than the Oscars. Known for its prestige as much as its sometimes shocking winners, the Oscars are always there to give avid award-show watchers something to look forward to. Everyone remember the year Marcia Gay-Harden won for “Pollock” over Kate Hudson for “Almost Famous”? Hudson seemed like a given, the rest of the nominees forgotten. Come the night of the ceremony, however, was a different story.
The Oscar nominees for 2011 have had their own set of notable snubs. Take the Best Director category, where assumed favorite Christoper Nolan was off the list of nominees. Nolan directed the Best Picture nominee “Inception,” a movie considered to be a stunning achievement in complex movie narrative. Nolan is a habitual Oscar oversight, having also been snubbed for 2000’s “Memento” and 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” For someone who has received such critical praise and box office success, these slights are shocking.
Barbara Hershey portrayed a terrifically crazy stage mother in “Black Swan,” carefully treading the border between obsessive and loving while watching her daughter descend into madness. And while many critics noted her presence in the film, Oscar voters didn’t, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press and many others. Her facial expressions in the movie implied someone who gave up her own madness for the sake of her daughter, jealous while also proud. If there was any good reflection into Natalie Portman’s character, it was the performance given by Hershey. A nomination for Best Supporting Actress should have been hers, but perhaps Portman’s performance was just too good for voters to notice the other performances in the film.
Another notable Oscar snub was perennial Oscar face Julianne Moore. A four-time nominee, the actress was overlooked for her role in the Best Picture nominee “The Kids Are Alright.” Having been the person to bring the movie to the big screen, as well as bringing Best Picture nominee Annette Benning to the project, one would think she would have been a shoo-in for a nomination. Not so fast, Moore fans. Perhaps it was the surprise success of “Winter’s Bone” and its star, Jennifer Lawrence, who herself got a nomination for Best Actress. Perhaps the Academy believed nominating Benning was nominating them both. Either way, not giving Moore a Best Actress nod is a travesty, as both actresses genuinely carried the film.
Editorial Staff, “Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards”, Oscar.com
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