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Nominated for Nothing: 'Blackfish'


Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Shame — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Blackfish, a gripping documentary about the devastating consequences of keeping orcas in captivity — especially as performing attractions at theme parks like SeaWorld. Though the Academy snubbed the film, it’s been as popular with audiences as it was with critics; Blackfish was the third-highest-grossing documentary of 2013 that didn’t star One Direction or Justin Bieber. (The only docs that out-earned it, 20 Feet From Stardom and The Gatekeepers, both got Best Documentary Feature nods, the former this year and the latter in 2013.) Huge numbers of people — 21 million in total, over multiple airings — have also watched Blackfish on CNN.

Oscar snubs Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, 'Inside Llewyn Davis': Which omission hurts the most?


The Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 16, and while we all congratulate the lucky ones, we can also lament those left off the list, starting with Captain Phillips‘ Tom Hanks, a two-time winner looking to snag his first nom since Cast Away in 2001 and his equally-decorated Saving Mr. Banks costar Emma Thompson, who hasn’t been nominated since Sense and Sensibility in 1996.

Inside Llewyn Davis is missing from the Best Picture and Best Actor races (but did score noms for Cinematography and Sound Mixing).

Which snub have you dubbed the most egregious? Feel free to tackle any category (no Blackfish in Documentary Feature?).  READ FULL STORY

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