Oprah? No-prah! Did she peak too soon this Oscar derby?

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Jan 16 2014 07:52 am
17
See Marcus's
Predictions
Dec 16 2014 20:57 pm
Get Gold Derby's free news alerts and predictions

Oprah? No-prah!

The Oscar nominations were revealed Thursday, and Oprah Winfrey was shockingly snubbed as Best Supporting Actress for "The Butler."

Oprah was such a sure thing for Gold Derby's Experts that she came in first place for a nomination as far back as September 1 (see above-left chart) and even prompted Tariq Khan (Fox News) to write up five reasons why Oprah was a lock for the Oscar win.

So what happened?

It could be that Oscar voters were so sick of being told what to do that they decided to go their own way here in the Supporting Actress race. Well, "go their own way" as far as throwing Oprah off their telecast, as the other four nominees predicted by Experts as of yesterday still made the cut (see above-right chart).

Lupita Nyongo ("12 Years a Slave"), Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), June Squibb ("Nebraska") and Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County") all secured their bids as we predicted. The fifth nominee turned out to be Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"); did she steal Oprah's spot?

Remember, Oscar voting just took place from Dec. 27 through Jan. 8, meaning academy members had been hearing nothing but Oprah, Oprah, Oprah for no less than four months. Did her supposed frontrunner status get the better of her?

She attended early screenings of "The Butler" and appeared on several talk shows promoting the movie, so she can't be blamed for not campaigning. And let's face it, she gave a wonderful performance in "The Butler" opposite Forest Whitaker that was arguably worthy of an Oscar nod, so perhaps this year's Supporting Actress field was just too crowded.

Oprah's awards woes started back on Dec. 12 when she was snubbed by the Golden Globes. Just the day prior, she had taken the Screen Actors Guild by storm with two nominations -- Best Film Supporting Actress and Best Film Ensemble -- so that Globe snub was extra shocking.

Two years ago, Oprah was feted with an honorary Oscar, so she already has a trophy on her mantel. She was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "The Color Purple" (1985), bot lost out to Anjelica Huston ("Prizzi's Honor").

Were you surprised by Oprah's Oscar omission? Do you think she peaked too soon this awards season? Sound off in the comments section below!

oscar statueCOMPLETE OSCAR NOMINATIONS COVERAGE:

Oscars: Complete list of nominations

Will Jennifer Lawrence become youngest ever two-time Oscar winner?

Going for double Oscar gold: Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts ...

Oscar nominations analysis: What's up ('American Hustle') and what's down ('12 Years a Slave')

David O. Russell makes Oscars history as second film ('American Hustle') sweeps acting categories

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

Oprah? No-prah! Did she peak too soon this Oscar derby?

Do most Oscar nominations make either 'American Hustle' or 'Gravity' a lock for Best Picture?

Can '12 Years a Slave' win Best Picture without having most overall Oscar nominations?

Will Robert Lopez ('Frozen') become 12th member of exclusive EGOT club?

Oscar nominations by the numbers: Which films came out on top?

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscar nominations with 10 apiece

 
Related News
Make your Oscars & reality TV predictions. Win prizes.
pop up close

Advertisement

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

Inside Track: Oscar Predictions

Oscars predictions

Oscars Predictions by Top Experts

See the latest Oscar predictions of our famous pundits — Click Here. See the category rankings when their predictions are combined - Click Here. Sample below. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.

Odds   View %  
Experts
1 BoyhoodBoyhood
7/2
2 BirdmanBirdman
6/1
3 SelmaSelma
13/2
4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
8/1
5 The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything
10/1
6 WhiplashWhiplash
16/1
7 The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
16/1
8 Gone GirlGone Girl
20/1
9 UnbrokenUnbroken
20/1
10 FoxcatcherFoxcatcher
20/1
See complete statistics by Clicking Here
Hot Links from the Web
Photo Galleries: Oscars, Emmys, ...
Latest Forum Posts
Rihanna's music videos elimination ..
+disturbia-umbrella We Found Love - 70Man Down - 55Disturbia - 53 Where Hav..
2000-2010 Oscar winning performance..
-Mirren+Reese Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight - 41Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be..
39 actors with 5 or more Emmy noms ..
+Hendricks-Moorehead Michael C. Hall, Dexter -- 127 Elizabeth Montgomery, Bewit..
Subscribe to our free news service

Advertisement