Oscar nominations: Here’s why Ridley Scott (‘The Martian’) was snubbed as Best Director

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Topping the list of this year’s 20 major Oscar snubs is legendary director Ridley Scott, whose film “The Martian” earned seven nominations including Best Picture. According to our racetrack odds that combined the predictions of our 25 expert journalists, in-house staff editors and more than 3,700 contest entrants like you, Scott was set to actually win his first Oscar this year. So … what happened?

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Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been debating this hot topic in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate movie forum. Read some of their explanations and conspiracy theories below and then join the discussion in our forums here.

ProfessorChaos: He was the frontrunner from people who don’t vote. In reality, he didn’t have enough #1 or #2 rankings. That’s it.

MrGoodWood: Scott makes a blockbuster like “The Martian” once a year. His work in “The Martian” isn’t any better (or worse) than his work in, say, “Prometheus.”

Emmy Runner: Three adventure/sci-fi movies was never getting in at the same time in director lineup. Never, with this branch. It was up to you to choose which one of those three (“The Revenant,” “Mad Max,” “The Martian”) get snubbed and replaced by an indie.

patmcb: They wanted some new blood in the directing race is my guess. Abrahamson, Miller, McCarthy, and McKay are all first time nominees for Best Director.

Bradderz: Many on here called him the frontrunner because of the narrative behind it, rather than the directorial achievement itself (which was still good).

Sagand: Because his film wasn’t in the Top 5. It missed out on a field of five at BAFTA, [however] they found room for him in director because he’s a Brit.

Eddy Q: Members of the directors branch may have been underwhelmed by “The Martian” compared to Scott’s past achievements in the genre such as “Alien” and “Blade Runner” (presumably more admired by the academy now than they were back then).

thedemonhog: I predicted his snub here because he was facing the directors’ branch, the most art house of the academy. They rightfully passed over Ben Affleck for Benh Zeitlin when nobody else would. They made Bennett Miller the first nominated director of a non-Best Picture since the expansion.

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Photo Credits: Ridley Scott by Stephen Lovekin/REX, “The Martian” by Moviestore/REX

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