The Academy's biggest snubs in the 2016 Oscar nominations

  • The Academy's biggest snubs in the 2016 Oscar nominations

With so many good films released in the past 12 months, some were obviously going to have to be left off the Oscars nominations list, otherwise each category would be about 50 entries long.

Some, however, seem like a glaring oversight that they didn't make it onto the list, films like...

Creed - Best Picture

Just like his Golden Globes win, Sylvester Stallone was nominated for Best Supporting Actor (his third ever Oscar nomination, with the other two both for the first Rocky), but the rest of the Creed stable were left out in the cold.

Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler both missed out on Best Actor and Best Director, and the pair's endeavour to revitalise the long-stale Rocky franchise with a sequel, spin-off and reboot (all in one) was unfairly missed out from the nominees.

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight - Director and screenplay

The past few Tarantino films have seen him or his screenplay automatically on the nominations list, so he was expecting more of the same for The Hateful Eight.

The famously foot-fetish director must have thought they'd made a mistake when his new Western didn't appear on either of the nominations list

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Best Picture

Despite becoming the third highest grossing film of all time and receiving rave reviews mostly everywhere, the new Star Wars flick wasn't considered good enough to be in the list of the Academy's best films of the year.

It can find solace in its nominations for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects, but y'know, should have been nominated for the biggest award.

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina - Best Actress

The Swede's wonderfully understated performance as humanoid robot Ava in the sci-fi thriller wasn't enough to be considered alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett.

Vikander was nominated last year as Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, but nothing this year as Ex Machina picked up Best Original Screenplay and Best Visual Effects nominations.

Johnny Depp, Black Mass - Best Actor

Stripping away his flamboyant characters of the recent past, Depp's performance as Whitey Bulger, one of Boston's most notorious gangsters was widely-praised by critics and fans.

It didn't seem to impress 'the powers that be' though as Black Mass didn't garner a single nomination, even for Best Make-up and Hair Styling for turning Depp into the balding, aged gangster.

Straight Outta Compton - Best Picture

The true (although some would beg to differ) story of the rise to notoriety of NWA, dubbed "the world's most dangerous group" was a massive hit last year, and became the highest-grossing biopic of all time.

Still, it was given a miss of the Best Picture category and instead handed a nod for Best Original Screenplay, with John Krasinski, co-host at the nominations announcement, remaking: "That's good."

Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road - Best Actress

Theron's performance as Furiosa was regarded as one of the best things about Mad Max, which is saying a lot with praise flying in for its practical effects and being dubbed one of the best action films of all time.

With 10 nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture (many were expecting a widespread snubbing), Theron must have been smarting at not making it 11.

Carol - Best Picture and Best Director

The period romantic drama that wowed Cannes audiences earned nominations for Cate Blanchett as Best Actress and Rooney Mara for Best Supporting Actress and a few others including Score and Costume Design.

Director Todd Haynes must have been wondering how he upset the Academy, as the critics' darling was left off the list for Best Film and Best Director.

Ridley Scott, The Martian - Best Director

The Martian, a comedy according to the Golden Globes, bagged a best film nomination and Matt Damon earning his second Best Actor nod.

But poor Sir Ridley, who must be at a loss as to how he was overlooked for Best Director, while The Martian was nominated for all the other prestigious prizes, maybe the voting panel is still upset about Prometheus.

Will Smith, Concussion - Best Actor

The Fresh Prince stepped up his game this year after duds throughout the last few years when he stepped into the shoes of Nigerian forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who fought against the NFL to publicise his research on brain damage caused by American football on its players.

The ongoing debate about a 'whitewashing' was as strong as ever this year, as every nominee this year was white, leaving Golden Globe nominee Smith, and Concussion without a single nomination.

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