With the Academy announcing the Oscar nominations on Thursday, I feel that it is an ideal opportunity to predict who will be the major snubs that everyone will be talking about. I will publish my final Oscar predictions tomorrow, but for now, these are the big names that I think will be missed out.
Best Picture: Unbroken- This film was my pick to win best picture a couple of months ago, but that was before anyone had seen it. This had Oscar all over it, but very poor reviews (49% on Rotten Tomatoes) has left it unlikely to pick up a single major nod, including here in Best Picture where the lowest Rotten Tomatoes score of any film I’m predicting a nod for is 79%.
Best Director: Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)- I’m sure that Harvey Weinstein wished that a bigger name had directed his big Oscar film as that could be a reason why Tyldum has been generally ignored. Missing out on nods at the Golden Globes and the Baftas, it’s unlikely he will get a nomination, despite the film’s massive success this awards season.
Best Actor: Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)- I would love to see Carell nominated, but due to a packed field and category confusion, it seems more and more unlikely. If he could sneak into Best Supporting Actor like at the Baftas, that would be great as he is more deserving than Robert Duvall, but I just can’t see him getting past the 5 favourites.
Best Actress: Amy Adams (Big Eyes)- The once favourite in this category has kept her hopes alive with a Golden Globe win and a Bafta nomination, but this category has appeared to be sewn up ever since the SAG nominations were released. It’s a shame, but understandable.
Best Supporting Actor: Tom Wilkinson (Selma)- Wilkinson is someone you would have thought have had a better awards season with him playing a famous historical figure (Lyndon B. Johnson) in a massively critically acclaimed film and with him being an incredibly respected actor with two Oscar nominations to his name. Unfortunately, bad press about the film’s portrayal of Johnson has left him with no major nods, and is unlikely to get one here.
Best Supporting Actress: Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)- Nightcrawler has timed it’s awards push perfectly, resulting in many nods for Jake Gyllenhaal and a Bafta nomination for Russo herself. She’s currently 7th favourite and while many have put her into their top 5, I think she’ll just miss out.
Best Original Screenplay: Foxcatcher- Foxcatcher is a great film and when Whiplash was moved over to best Adapted Screenplay, it became 5th favourite to get the screenplay nod here. Unfortunately, the rise of Nightcrawler has pushed it down to 6th, now it will most likely miss out.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Unbroken- Once again, I predicted Unbroken to win here as it is an adaptation of a critically acclaimed biography and it’s awards bait. The reviews came and sunk it, and now with Whiplash’s inclusion into the category, it has very little chance.
Best Animated Feature: The Book of Life- The film is critically acclaimed and was nominated at the Golden Globes, but The Book of Life will probably lose it’s place to a more arty film, something the Academy likes hence the reason their has been recent nods here for Ernest and Celestine, The Wind Rises and Chico and Rita. That arty film will be The Tale of Princess Kaguya.