2015 Oscar Snubs

by IMDb-Editors | created - 19 Jan 2015 | updated - 19 Jan 2015 | Public

These are the first snubs that came to mind as the 2015 Oscar nominees were announced.

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1. The Lego Movie (2014)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

83 Metascore

An ordinary LEGO construction worker, thought to be the prophesied as "special", is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis.

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller | Stars: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Votes: 303,144 | Gross: $257.76M

We're trying to recall a situation where an omission from the Best Animated Feature Film category caused a bigger uproar, proving that parents loved The Lego Movie maybe even a bit more than their kids.

2. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 77,408 | Gross: $52.08M

Selma earns a Best Picture nomination but director Ava DuVernay doesn't? Extra frustrating is seeing David Oyelowo overlooked for a Best Actor nomination for his portrayal over Martin Luther King, Jr. in the movie. Further confusing the matter for many, and causing people to cry foul in the diversity department, was seeing Bennett Miller nominated for Best Director -- a slot that could have been DuVernay's -- though Miller's Foxcatcher was blanked in the Best Picture category.

3. Nightcrawler (2014)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Director: Dan Gilroy | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Votes: 402,672 | Gross: $32.38M

Some people had Jake Gyllenhaal winning his first Best Actor Oscar this year -- a prediction that was as extreme as Gyllenhaal's weight loss in order to play Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler -- so it was a big surprise to see his name missing from the Best Actor roster. Polite sister Maggie will probably hide her new Golden Globe for a while when her brother visits.

4. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,290,480 | Gross: $188.02M

The Academy must really want low TV ratings this year. Though Intersellar earned five nominations, two were in the Sound categories -- the one aspect of the film that created the most public debate -- and the movie was shut out of both the Best Picture and Best Director categories.

5. Gone Girl (2014)

R | 149 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

79 Metascore

With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

Votes: 758,375 | Gross: $167.77M

We're ecstatic for Rosamund Pike and her deserved Best Actress nomination, but no other nominations for Gone Girl? More like a shock than a snub. The movie was so good you could almost even root for Tyler Perry in the Best Supporting Actor category.

6. Cake (II) (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

49 Metascore

Claire becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy.

Director: Daniel Barnz | Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington

Votes: 33,001 | Gross: $1.87M

Jennifer Aniston's face might have looked like this as the Best Actress nominations were announced.

7. Big Eyes (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter

Votes: 77,166 | Gross: $14.48M

I mean, Amy Adams won the Golden Globe and everything for Big Eyes, although that win was as big a surprise as this Best Actress Oscar snub.

8. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 129,643 | Gross: $115.64M

Though it earned three nominations -- including an obvious nod to cinematographer Roger Deakins -- Unbroken's subject matter and box-office success put the movie in serious contention for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations as well.

9. Force Majeure (2014)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

87 Metascore

A family vacationing in the French Alps is confronted with a devastating avalanche.

Director: Ruben Östlund | Stars: Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren

Votes: 41,564 | Gross: $1.36M

After initially publishing this list, a look at some of the Facebook feedback reminded us that, of all the indie/foreign/arty movies of the past year, we thought Force Majeure was a lock for a Best Foreign Language nomination. There was no way Under the Skin or even Snowpiercer were going to earn a nomination, but we thought this Swedish wonder was right there alongside Leviathan.

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