A Guide to Today's Biggest Oscar Snubs

Selma, Lego...
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2015 10:59 AM CST
A Guide to Today's Biggest Oscar Snubs
In this Feb. 28, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue stands on the red carpet as preparations are made for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The Oscar nominations come once a year, and so too the avalanche of stories on the biggest snubs. But in terms of 2015, Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair puts it thusly: "Don’t the nominations this year feel so wrong?" Our roundup of this year's particularly vocal snub-coverage:

  • Director Phil Lord is grabbing a ton of headlines for his "touché" response to the Lego Movie somehow not being nominated for Best Animated Feature: "It's okay. Made my own!" he tweeted along with an image of an Oscar made entirely from yellow Legos. He's nearing 12,000 retweets.
  • How Jezebel sums it up: 2015 Oscar Nominations Snub Basically Everybody Who Isn't a White Dude. Mashable notes "this will be the whitest group since 1998."

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  • In that vein, Scott Mendelson at Forbes zeros in on one "egregious" omission: Selma director Ava DuVernay. His lengthy piece explores why her snub matters. Mashable notes that no black female director has ever gotten a nod; only three black male directors have (John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood; Lee Daniels, Precious; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave). None won.
  • Lawson looks beyond Selma's Best Director snub, expanding it: "That the movie’s wonderful acting, directing, writing, editing, and cinematography were shut out is a real oversight, sad in the story it tells and troubling in how grimly predictable it was." (Its only nods were Best Picture and Best Original Song.)
  • For a meaty rundown, check out Huffington Post's list of today's 29 biggest snubs.
(Read more Academy Awards stories.)

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