In a season when many favorites have shone through, Oscar voters held up their end, choosing some juggernauts for nominations Thursday morning. Still, there was more than a fair share of snubs and surprises. Here are the nine biggest:
Philomania. After a quiet start, “Philomena" turns out to have surprising traction. Not only did Judi Dench score a nom for best actress, but the film earned screenplay, score and a best-pic slots as well.
'Phillips' sinking? Sure, it landed a supporting actor nom and the all-important best-picture nod. But
Mr. Banks could sure use some saving. Maybe all the divisiveness over its message worked against it. Forecast as a sure-fire best-picture nominee since it screened at AFI in November, the film didn’t land there -- in fact, it didn’t land anywhere.
Wolfing down. It has polarized audiences and taste-makers, but “Wolf of Wall Street” had a Belfort-like appetite at the podium Thursday. The film not only garnered picture and director noms but two major acting ones, including an unexpected supporting nod for
Bale of hay. He wasn’t talked about for best actor, but when all was said and done, Christian Bale landed a coveted slot for his portrayal of the toupeed lead in “American Hustle.” Tom Hanks’ heroic captain, meanwhile, was nowhere to be found.
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Omaha, somewhere in middle America. It may not have garnered a ton of box office, but “Nebraska” is proving an Oscar powerhouse. The film not only garnered expected Oscar noms for
Yes, Her. The Oscar wild card since the moment it began being shown,
Outside Llewyn Davis. It was many critics’ top choice of the year. But in the end it garnered no major nominations -- nothing for the