The Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Oscar season! The time of year where gorgeous movie stars try their best to look as disgusting as possible in hopes of winning a little, golden man.  The Academy announced their 2016 list of white people nominees this week and let’s just say not everyone is thrilled with their choices. As always, there seems to be some serious snubbing going down and it’s my job to to make things right. Here are some people you won’t be hearing acceptance speeches from on February 28th.

Quentin Tarantino

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Film: The Hateful Eight

Snubbed for: Writing – Original Screenplay 

The Academy seems to have a love/hate relationship with Quentin Tarantino. He’s only been nominated for Best Director twice and none of his films have ever won the coveted Best Picture title. He’s always been a wild card, but I thought we could at least count on two things:

  1. He’ll always be nominated and possibly win Best Original Screenplay
  2. Christoph Waltz will win Best Supporting Actor whenever he appears in one of his films

Since our favorite Austrian didn’t show up in The Hateful Eight, I figured option #1 would be a given. With most of its action taking place inside a cabin, The Hateful Eight really relies on Tarantino’s snappy dialogue to keep audiences engaged. It’s unfortunate, but they did nominate Ex Machina, which features my favorite line from any movie this past year. Which brings us to our next act of snubbery…

Oscar Isaac 

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Film: Ex Machina 

Snubbed for: Actor in a Supporting Role

Ex Machina isn’t exactly Oscar bait, but the fact that Oscar Isaac didn’t receive a Golden Globe or Oscar nomination for this role is freakin’ criminal. Sure, the movie was able to snag a couple of nominations in technical categories, but I would’ve loved to see it get some more recognition. I guess there won’t be any Oscars for Isaac this year, but I have a feeling his time will be coming sooner rather than later.

Idris Elba

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Film: Beasts of No Nation 

Snubbed for: Actor in a Supporting Role

Idris Elba has never been nominated for an Oscar, but I really thought this year would change that. He’s received overwhelmingly positive reviews for his terrifying performance in Netflix’s first original movie and even earned a Golden Globe nomination. What gives, Academy?

Aaron Sorkin

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Film: Steve Jobs

Snubbed for: Writing – Adapted Screenplay

It’s surprising that Steve Jobs wasn’t nominated for more than two Oscars when you consider how many talented people were involved, but this has to be the biggest shock. Not only did Sorkin win the Golden Globe, but he was one of the biggest selling points for the movie itself. How many other writers get their name in bold on a movie poster? You could make the argument that nobody actually talks like these characters in real life, but I wish I lived in a world where everyone sounded so clever.

Meghan Trainor 

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Film: The Peanuts Movie 

Snubbed for: Music – Original Song

I may or may not have seen The Peanuts Movie in theaters and my mother may or may not have bought the film’s soundtrack from Target, but that’s not the point. Mind your own business. This shit is catchy as hell and anyone who disagrees can fight me. I know everyone else thinks Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth got snubbed, but I’m all about that bass.

Johnny Depp 

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Film: Black Mass

Snubbed for: Actor in a Leading Role

I wasn’t shocked when Johnny Depp wasn’t nominated for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger. It was a chilling performance and he definitely deserved to be acknowledged, but Black Mass just didn’t really have much buzz. It came out too soon to be considered Oscar bait and the movie as a whole just wasn’t very memorable. I think I’m just desperate to see Johnny Depp win an Oscar, but with upcoming projects like Alice Through the Looking Glass and Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes, it’s starting to seem less and less likely.

Interstellar/Christopher Nolan

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Snubbed for: Best Picture and Directing

“But Wesley, Interstellar came out in 2014!”

Oh, I’m aware. I just need to point out that The Martian is nominated for Best Picture this year and 2013’s Gravity took home seven Oscars. SEVEN. On what planet are these movies better than Interstellar? I might sound like a bitter Christopher Nolan fanboy, but that’s only because I am. I’ll be spending the rest of the day hiding behind a bookshelf and screaming.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Snubbed for: Best Picture

I’ll be honest, this one might not count as a snub. It’s like Nickelodeon bringing back their old shows, OutKast releasing a new album or me finding a girlfriend: We all want it to happen, but we know it probably won’t.

Honorable Mentions

  • Actor in a Leading Role – Will Smith for Concussion
  • Actor in a Supporting Role – Samuel L. Jackson and Walter Goggins for The Hateful Eight
  • Best Picture – Carol
  • Best Picture – Straight Outta Compton

That’s it for this year’s Oscar snubs! Tweet us @NerdSpeakco with who you think should have been nominated this year and watch The Oscars on February 28th on ABC.

Wesley Boutilier

Part time writer, full time nerd.

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