Sometimes, it really is just an honor to get nominated, as some amazing performances and films have been snubbed by the Academy Awards. From Stephen Spielberg to Mila Kunis to ‘Citizen Kane,’ the Oscars have overlooked some major stars and movies. Click to see a gallery of them all!
If you favorite celebrity didn’t get a nomination at the 88th Academy Awards, they’re not the only one to get the cold shoulder at the Oscars. Some big films and bigger stars have been ignored by the biggest honor in Hollywood. In fact, some of these snubs are incredibly shocking!
Leonardo DiCaprio, 41, has famously not won an Oscar, though that may change at the Oscars on Feb. 28. Leo might take home the gold for his role in The Revenant, and that might make up for the Academy snubbing him for his role in Titanic. Kate Winslet, 40, was nominated for Best Actress, but just like how Jack froze to death, the Oscars left Leo’s performance out in the cold. He was frozen out just like Jack Nicholson, 78, was for his role in the now-classic horror film, The Shining.
Though Jamie Foxx, 48, tool home the Oscar for Best Actor in 2004 for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, he wasn’t nominated for his role in Django Unchained. His costar, Kerry Washington, 39, also failed to get a nomination. Another major diss came when Selma failed to get a Best Director nomination for Ava DuVernay, 43, or Best Actor for David Oyelowo, 39. It won Best Song, though, so that’s something.
Mila Kunis, 32, transformed from television comedian into serious actress with her role in Black Swan, and though she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards, she was completely snubbed by the Oscars. The same can be said about Jim Carrey, 54, whose dramatic turn in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was completely ignored!
Some really big name directors were also given the silent treatment by the Academy. Steven Spielberg, 69, practically invented the modern blockbuster with Jaws, but the Academy didn’t bother to nominate him for Best Director. Spike Lee’s, 58, masterpiece on race, Do The Right Thing, was nominated for Best Writing, but Spike didn’t get a Best Director nod.
A movie could also get snubbed after getting nominated. Fargo was up for Best Picture but it lost out to The English Patient, sending fans of the Coen Brothers into a rage. Plus, Orson Welles‘ Citizen Kane, a film considered the greatest of all time, lost to How Green Was My Valley. It remains one of the biggest crimes in film history!
Check out the gallery for more shocking snubs, HollywoodLifers. Which film do you think was robbed?