Oscar Noms: Major Snubs And Surprises

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Rex Okpodu and I toted up our snubs and surprises: 1) There were only 8 noms for Best Picture instead of the expected 9; 2) Jennifer Aniston’s expected nom for Best Actress was taken by Marion Cotillard, who had been winning lots of critics’ awards over the past two months; 3) Bradley Cooper’s nom for Best Actor displaced Jake Gyllenhaal and David Oyelowo; 4) Neither Clint Eastwood nor Ava DuVernay got Best Director noms; and 5) “Selma” got a nomination for Best Picture but only for Best Song otherwise, which it may win. Finally, the producers of the broadcast, on February 22nd, will have to work overtime to line up starry and young presenters, as most of the nominated movies have limited appeal to a mass audience.

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