Oscar nominations: Who got snubbed?

9243__joan_lSomewhere Russell Crowe and Maria Bello are probably wondering what happened. As two of the main frontrunners for Oscar acting nods (him for Cinderella Man, her for A History of Violence) who didn’t hear their names called this morning when the full list of nominations were announced, they’re certainly near the top of the list of this year’s snubs.

For me, though, I was most disappointed the Academy failed to include The Constant Gardener in the Best Picture race (yeah, I know it was a longshot, but I’m still thinking about the harrowing film weeks after seeing it). A close second? No recognition for Joan Allen’s hilariously bitter performance in The Upside of Anger (pictured).

Okay, PopWatchers, I know we should probably just be positive and raise our morning caffeine in a toast to the happy 14 first-time acting nominees (yay, Jake!) and their cohorts, but since I allowed myself two packets of bitter complaint, why don’t you all do the same? Who are the two biggest snubs among the year’s Academy Award non-nominees?

(Also, vote in our annual Oscar Snubs Poll and get your peeps some justice!)

addCredit(“The Upside of Anger: Paul Chedlow”)


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  • Annie

    No Viggo??!!!! I agree Maria B. was just great in History of Violence. I thought, truthfully, Brokeback Mt. was good but, well, not as great as Constant Gardner. I think it is only receiving so many awards due to its subject matter. It is being rewarded because it is different, not necessarily great.

  • Jen

    I can’t believe that Walk the Line didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination.

  • Padraig

    I am surprised (not shocked) that “Walk the Line” did not make the cut for Best Picture. It also looks like it is the first time since 1981 that all five nominees for Best Picture matched up with the five nominees for Best Director.

  • Danielle

    Cillian Murphy, although it was a longshot, this kid has great acting chops and will go far. Breakfast on Pluto was a real showcase for him.

  • Austin

    How in the world did Capote get so far? I thought it only had Best Actor going for it. And Munich seems to have ressurected itself.
    Well, at least Paul Giamatti FINALLY got a nomination. But where is poor Scarlett Johannson?
    The Constant Gardener and A History of Violence were unfortunately snubbed. How sad.

  • djm

    I for one am glad that Joan wasn’t nominated – The Upside of Anger was not a good movie. What I am most disappointed about is that the cry-baby campaigns from “Crash” and “Munich” actaully worked – I was hoping that the film community would look the other way, but alas they didn’t.

  • Sarah

    I’m thrilled that Munich made it into the 5 categories that it received nominations in, though I wish that Janusz Kaminski and Eric Bana were nominated too. Wishful thinking that Ralph Fiennes and Jeff Daniels would be nominated too.
    The best surprise would’ve been seeing BBM shut out. I don’t care for that movie at all.

  • Lauren

    Where was Match Point?!!! That was brilliant storytelling. Poor Woody. Poor Scarlett. I was sad to hear, or rather not hear any shout outs to Woody. No, I’m way to lame to say shout outs. Oh well. Way to go Jake!!

  • Beth

    I was rooting for nomiations for Laura Linley & Ralph Fiennes, but thought they were long shots. I’m glad Dame Judy Dench managed one though

  • Preeti

    I’m surprised Match Point didn’t get Best Picture. Glad that Crash and Munich are back in the running after they got snubbed at other awards shows. I’m also surprised that Russell Crowe was not nominated.

  • Fatima

    Although I knew it was one, I’m still trying to understand how Ralph Fiennes was a longshot to begin with. In the magazine he was listed under “For your consideration” which is usually for the impossibles.

  • Jeff

    I am dissappointed that “Match Point” didn’t more nominations, though I wasn’t exactly expecting it to. Russel Crowe’s snub was surprising but pleasant to hear about. Terrence Howard deserved the nomination instead of him.

  • Dave

    I must be the only person who thought that both “History of Violence” and “Upside of Anger” were total crap. I am thrilled both were snubbed. I also hope that the Brokeback juggernaut doesn’t keep Crash from its rightful place as Best Picture. My snubs this year are like all years – smallish, wonderful pictures nobody saw – like “Me & You & Everyone We Know,” “Happy Endings” and “Junebug.”

  • Mike

    Eric Bana from Munich and Joan Allen are big snubs. However, the song from Brokeback by Emmylou Harris is still going through my mind (can’t think of the name) and was the biggest personal shocker.

  • Honey

    William Hurt for a History of Violence? Has the criteria for a nomination changed to scenery munching?
    Also, I am very upset at the nomination of Charlize Theron. She was good — but there were others (Scarlett Johannson, Maria Bello) who I thought were better.
    And while I know that they are not critically welcomed, there were some great comedic performances this year. I would, for once, like to see someone who made me laugh (on purpose, unlike Tom Cruise and Naomi Watts this year) get a nod.

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