Many critics felt “The Wolf of Wall Street’s” hard-partying ways would be too much for the older and more conservative tastes of the academy voters. But apparently those old-timers have a fondness for their wilder days. Martin Scorsese’s film grabbed five nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and actors Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio.(Mary Cybulski / Paramount Pictures)
Many felt “Saving Mr. Banks,” about “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers’ battles with Walt Disney over the making of the film was a sure thing for Oscar nominations. But despite generally positive reviews for Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as Disney, the film was shut out at the Oscars.(Francois Duhamel / Disney Enterprises)
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. Leonardo DiCaprio’s wrestle-friendly slip of the tongue Sunday didn’t boost it, though -- ballots were closed several days earlier.
‘Phillips’ sinking? Sure, it landed a supporting actor nom and the all-important best-picture nod. But Paul Greengrass didn’t land on the more exclusive director short list, and Tom Hanks was surprisingly passed over for Christian Bale in best-actor waters.
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. Emma Thompson, also thought to be a sure thing in the best-actress category, was passed over for Amy Adams and Meryl Streep.
Robert Redford, or much is indeed lost. He has never won an acting Oscar. And he won’t this year. Despite what many hailed as a bravura performance for the icon as he wordlessly tried to save himself in “All Is Lost,” Redford was odd man out in best actor on Thursday.
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 Jonah Hill, as well as an adapted screenplay slot for Terrence Winter.
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.
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 Bruce Dern in actor and June Squibb in supporting actress but something of a surprise slot for Alexander Payne in director as well as the critical best-picture nomination and a screenplay nomination for first-timer Bob Nelson.
Yes, Her. The Oscar wild card since the moment it began being shown, Spike Jonze’s film answered the will-it-or-won’t-it question on best picture with a strong yes, landing with the likes of “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave.” Oscar voters are cool enough to like it after all -- even if they didn’t think as much of Joaquin Phoenix or Scarlett Johansson.
Outside Llewyn Davis. It was many critics’ top choice of the year. But in the end it garnered no major nominations -- nothing for the Coen brothers for director, no best picture and no screenplay, just two smaller noms in cinematography and sound mixing.