Shocking Oscar nominations snubs: Oprah, Robert Redford, Tom Hanks (x2) …

Proving that we Oscar forecasters can’t always tell which way the wind is blowing, the Academy Awards gave the cold shoulder to a number of seemingly strong contenders. (See complete list of nominees here)

The most notable omissions in the top race are “Blue Jasmine,” which reaped two acting bids, “Inside Llewyn Davis” from Oscar darlings Joel and Ethan Coen and “Saving Mr. Banks,” which had been an early frontrunner. (Read report on nominations here).

The acting branch ignored Tom Hanks twice — for his lead role in “Captain Phillips” and his supporting turn in “Saving Mr. Banks,” the latter of which starred Emma Thompson who was also snubbed. Also MIA are Robert Redford (“All is Lost“) and Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler“); both led their races in the early part of the season. 

The directing lineup is missing one of the DGA nominees — Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) — as well as the helmers of three of the other nine Best Picture nominees. 

Blue Jasmine
The Butler
Inside Llewyn Davis

Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”
Joel & Ethan Coen, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Spike Jonze, “Her”

Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”;
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost
Forest Whitaker, “The Butler”

Brie Larson, “Short Term 12”
Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Will Forte, “Nebraska”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Tom Hanks, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Jennifer Garner, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Carey Mulligan, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Sarah Paulson, “12 Years a Slave”
Octavia Spencer, “Fruitvale Station”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”


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9 thoughts on “Shocking Oscar nominations snubs: Oprah, Robert Redford, Tom Hanks (x2) …

  1. The surprising “snubs” for Oprah, Redford, Hanks and Emma Thompson are ok with me. They are very talented people who have all won an Oscar (or two, with Oprah a special award). So it is very pleasant to see newcomers and veterans (is it # 18 for marvelous Meryl?) take a place instead … this year. Expect Michael Fassbiner to emerge as a major star, and congrats to Amy Adams, 5th nomination.

  2. Daniel Bruhl should have also been nominated for “Rush” in the Best Supporting Actor category. How was he nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA but shut out by the Academy?

  3. I’m very sad Daniel Brühl didn’t make the cut! I suppose most Academy voters don’t know Niki Lauda as well as I do (during F1 season, he’s on German TV almost every week), so they didn’t recognise how dead-on Brühl’s performance actually is. I haven’t seen him that good since Goodbye, Lenin! In my opinion, both Hill and Cooper shouldn’t be on that list, since they have been selected in favour of Gandolfini and Brühl.
    The other big upsets are obviously Hanks, Redford, Thompson and Blue Jasmine, though I am very happy to see Hawkins reap a nod!

  4. The obvious omissions were Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey. But they were not replaced by surprised nominees, with the possible exception of Sally Hawkins. The majority mentioned in the above article were never serious threats to begin with.

  5. I would put Daniel Brühl before Bradly Cooper and Jonah Hill for sure. I also don’t get why we have a system for best picture that allows up to 10 nominees and we still only get nine. I would throw in Fruitvale Station or Saving Mr. Banks in the 10th spot, as well as taking Christian Bale (he was good, but not in the top 5 for me) and putting Michael B. Jordan or Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips in.

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