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Who Was the Worst Academy Award Snub?

ABC News U.S. 2013/01/10 16:13:01
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When the Academy announced the latest crop of Oscar nominees Thursday morning, they left out some pretty famous — and deserving — folks. They also anointed a movie that wasn’t expected to get major Oscar attention. We asked Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers and New York Times film critic A.O. Scott to run down who got snubbed and which nominees surprised them:

1. SNUB: Kathryn Bigelow. Travers called Bigelow’s lack of a best director nomination for “Zero Dark Thirty” the Academy’s No. 1 snub. Bigelow was up for best director for 2009′s “The Hurt Locker” and became the first woman to ever win that Oscar. He’s calling sexism: “Do they think that because they gave it to her for ‘Hurt Locker, they don’t have to give another woman best director for another 100 years?”

Scott was similarly shocked: “That movie is such a piece of directing. It seemed like something I thought everyone could agree on.”

2. SNUB: Ben Affleck. The “Argo” director and star didn’t get recognized in the acting or directing categories, though, like Bigelow, his film is up for best picture and other awards. ”His was one of the most acclaimed directing jobs of the year,” Travers said. “It was a film that was intelligent, adult, and made money.”

Affleck’s talents may have rubbed the directors who choose the category’s nominees the wrong way. “Sometimes directors have a grudge against actors who direct,” Scott said.

3. SNUB: Quentin Tarantino. Another director who didn’t make the cut, though his movie did: Tarantino. “Django Unchained” is up for best picture and an acting award, but no dice for best director. “I think he’s a little scary for the Academy,” Scott said. “He’s sort of a maverick and a bit of a loose cannon. If you look at that nomination as the club of directors voting for who they like, they might not want him in that club.”

4. SNUB: Leonardo DiCaprio. The “Django” villain could’ve finally clinched an Oscar had he been up for best supporting actor, but the Academy left him out, instead nominating Christoph Waltz, DiCaprio’s lovable co-star. “If they were thinking of ratings, they probably should’ve nominated Leo,” Travers said. “But I think Christoph Waltz does have a better performance.”

5. SURPRISE: “Amour.” Though the French drama won the top trophy at the Cannes Film Festival this year, it wasn’t expected to get mainstream recognition. “Winning that prize usually means nothing,” in terms of Hollywood, Scott said. ”But this one, it’s really touched a chord. It’s a really tough movie. It’s very sad, it’s very emotional, but really, extraordinarily well made.”

Travers quipped that the film about two octogenarians might appeal to the Academy for other reasons. “If you consider that the average age of an Academy voter is 127,” he said, “they’re going to be really interested about a couple in their 80s dealing with death.”

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  • bmacklowe 2013/02/09 19:12:47
    Ben Affleck
    bmacklowe
    I'm not sure if he'd have won had he been nominated, but I really thought they would give him a spot in the category. But how bad can I feel for someone who already has an Oscar (remember a little movie called "Good Will Hunting"...)?
  • Dean 2013/01/14 14:21:28
  • FlyGalsMom 2013/01/14 07:14:01 (edited)
    Kathryn Bigelow
    FlyGalsMom
    +1
    I wish I could also have voted for AFFLECK~And Joss Whedon for the Avengers All Three were denied nominations because of Hollyweirds PC CRAP~~
  • Glen McLeod 2013/01/13 20:30:38
    Ben Affleck
    Glen McLeod
    +1
    Quentin Tarantino. Too bad he made all those violent movies nobody likes. quentin tarantino violent movies
  • Medulla Oblongata 2013/01/13 18:36:25 (edited)
    Ben Affleck
    Medulla Oblongata
    +2
    He may not be that great of an actor, but the man clearly knows what he's doing behind the camera. And what about Leonardo DiCaprio?
  • Tom 2013/01/13 17:26:16
    Maggie Smith
    Tom
    +1
    Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back

    Biggest snub ever.
  • Nan 2013/01/13 13:35:26
    Ben Affleck
    Nan
    +1
    Ben Affleck John Hawkes, and Leonardo diCaprio. Simply ridiculous. it comes down to who you are, I guess and how you spell your name...ya know?
  • Lyka Midik 2013/01/13 04:59:02
    Matthew McConaughey
    Lyka Midik
  • Gryffindor53 2013/01/13 04:23:49
    Maggie Smith
    Gryffindor53
    She's amazing--seen loads of her films and she's always great! :)
  • pammerjammer 2013/01/13 02:51:07
    Maggie Smith
    pammerjammer
    What a woman!
  • Jon Peter 2013/01/13 00:35:08
    Ben Affleck
    Jon Peter
    +1
    Too bad. I thought that was a great film.
  • cageaikenz 2013/01/12 23:52:31
    Ben Affleck
    cageaikenz
    +1
    they just dont like him......
  • Mike W 2013/01/12 23:19:26
    Ben Affleck
    Mike W
    +3
    And even bigger was 2016
  • Fay 2013/01/12 21:31:32
    Ben Affleck
    Fay
    +1
    and Kathryn Bigelow!
  • QC 2013/01/12 20:16:10 (edited)
    Ben Affleck
    QC
    +2
    The Academy is filled with many old farts and hacks. It is a travesty that Affleck did not get recognized for his direction...
  • darick 2013/01/12 18:51:20
    Maggie Smith
    darick
    +1
    Maggie Smith is a great actress. She allways comes across. However I think the biggest snub is Adam Sandler. This man has proven to us on several occaisions that not only is he one of the better directors and producers of our time but his acting abilities far surpass the likes of Lawrence Olivier, George Clooney,Kevin Spacey,Daniel Day Lewis, Morgan Freeman. Need I go on?
    What about those performances in Happy Gilmore,Billy Madison, The Water Boy. Who can forget his performance in Jack and Jill. Pure Sundance and Cannes acting. When will they recognize his talents?
  • PurpleHaze 2013/01/12 18:22:00
    Ben Affleck
    PurpleHaze
    I really like him as a director.. not so much for his acting. But I liked his movie The Town and Argo.
  • Tennessee3501 2013/01/12 18:21:27
    Ben Affleck
    Tennessee3501
    +1
    I pick Ben only because Kathryn has won before.
  • Marie 2013/01/12 16:12:16 (edited)
    Matthew McConaughey
    Marie
  • thnk4yrslf 2013/01/12 15:28:15
    Ben Affleck
    thnk4yrslf
    +3
    Not for the acting. He was not bad but I can see not academy award winning performance but Directing is a snub. Great movie and he deserves the nomination for it!
  • Pam 2013/01/12 14:40:00
    Ben Affleck
    Pam
    +1
    Personally I can't stand him but Argo is a great film and he deserves credit for it.
  • Maya Zauberman 2013/01/12 04:54:04
    Maggie Smith
    Maya Zauberman
    +1
    She's been working in films like Death on The Nile and the Harry Potter films since the 60s/70s and hasn't been awarded an Oscar yet? Seriously?
  • pies_Guy Maya Za... 2013/01/12 18:04:19
    pies_Guy
    +2
    HUH!??? Maggie Smith has won 2 Oscars-
    1969 Best Actress -The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    1978 Best Supporting Actress-California Suite
  • Maya Za... pies_Guy 2013/01/12 18:32:15
    Maya Zauberman
    My bad.
  • wtw 2013/01/12 03:41:08
    Ben Affleck
    wtw
  • EddyGee53 2013/01/12 03:37:49
    Maggie Smith
    EddyGee53
    +3
    This was just an affirmation that the Oscar's reflect neither the caliber of performance nor the success of the film being recognized. I stopped watching such shows when the social content became more important than the quality and success of the film, the final nail in the coffin for the Academy Awards was when they snubbed the Harry Potter franchise !
    No movie or series of movies was more universally beloved or financially successful nor were better performances by it's cast ignored by the Oscars. Those who nominate and vote for movies at Oscar time have disrespected and belittled those of us who pay to watch those movies and have insulted us for the last time. Since you don't care about the
    movie going public's opinion when it's time to recognize the movie why should we watch?
    Keep your elitist, socially correct, Liberal opinions of what a good movie is to yourself Oscar Mr.because the only true gauge of a great movie is box office sales and more times than not you have no idea!
  • tytyvyllus 2013/01/12 02:40:00
    Javier Bardem
    tytyvyllus
    +1
    bardem is great
  • polock 2013/01/11 23:44:59
    Ben Affleck
    polock
    +1
    who did he upset? must have been the ertire academy....
  • codenamev 2013/01/11 23:08:06
    Kathryn Bigelow
    codenamev
    And what about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES? NO nominations, when at the VERY least, it should have gotten on for Wally Pfister's amazing cinematography.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2013/01/11 20:21:32
    Ben Affleck
    TimothyBrianFoley
    if argo wins for best picture how will he celebrate
  • Coastergirl99 2013/01/11 18:45:55
    Ben Affleck
    Coastergirl99
    +2
    Ben without a doubt!
  • rusty.barnett.16 2013/01/11 18:01:40
    Matthew McConaughey
    rusty.barnett.16
    The true answer is Brando he sent someone to say piss on y'all!!!!!! TWICE !!!!!! But he was the BEST Actor.
  • Shifting Piece 2013/01/11 17:28:49
    Maggie Smith
    Shifting Piece
    +1
    Leo DiCaprio!
  • Chris D 2013/01/11 17:09:36
    Ben Affleck
    Chris D
    +3
    Argo was amazing - Ben Affleck deserved a nod for best director

     Ben Affleck Argo
  • sally 2013/01/11 17:03:32
    Ben Affleck
    sally
    What a miss on the voter's part. I didn't really care much for the movie but had anyone else been the director I really don't think it would have been any better than it is. I also think Hopper was snubbed for directing Les Mis, it was beautiful and at least deserved a nod.
  • Colin L 2013/01/11 16:32:29
  • Derbyhat 2013/01/11 16:30:10
    Maggie Smith
    Derbyhat
    +1
    ShOrt, short memories. Patton?
  • Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfer... 2013/01/11 15:14:56
    Ben Affleck
    Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfern ~*In Harry Potter I Trust
    He deserved at the very least a nomination, and so did Maggie Smith.
  • AG 2013/01/11 15:13:09
    Maggie Smith
    AG
    Who gives a f***????
    i dont give a rats ass
  • ADENAE 2013/01/11 11:48:12
    Maggie Smith
    ADENAE
    should have had slutty susan boyle in there !!!!!!!!!!!

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