84th Academy Award Snubs

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards have just been released today! A full list of the nominees can be viewed here.

Every year I celebrate the awards show with the utmost excitement. For my family, the show is even bigger than the Super Bowl. I know, it's a bit much, but I was never raised off sports. When I was kid my memories lie in getting together with my family and watching movies - old, new, animated, and even some black and white films. I love movies. I've had an annual Oscar party for going on six years now. It's where my friends and family get together to fill out our own ballots and then hopefully walk away with the "Oscar crown." Yes, I have a tiara for the winner (and of course a crown for the boys).

The nominations this year are actually very surprising. Some of them I can agree with: Nick Nolte's nomination for Warrior and Rooney Mara's nomination for Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Some others I have a harder time wrapping my head around. So that's why I'm going to discuss what I think are the biggest snubs this year. Thumbs down all around from here on out - I'm talking to you Oscar voters!

1. Michael Fassbender (Lead Actor for Shame)
The breakout star of the year received a nomination for Best Actor in Shame at the Golden Globes. However, the Academy didn't award him a nomination. Michael Fassbender is amazing. While I haven't seen Shame, his other movies of the year were phenomenal. Another reason it would have been great if he was nominated - to see if anyone else comments about his nude scenes in Shame. At the Golden Globes George Clooney had a lot to say about Fassbender's...regions... take a look at the clip - fast forward to about 2:00. It's pretty funny (and kind of awkward).

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Movie)
This movie was one of the best movies of the year. Hands down. I have seen over half of the movies nominated this year, and this movie is much better than some of them in my opinion.

3. David Fincher (Director for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
I have seen the original Swedish version of the film. Under David Fincher's expertise, the American version far surpasses the foreign film. He should have been awarded for his success.

4. Ryan Gosling (Lead Actor in Drive and Ides of March/ Supporting Actor in Crazy, Stupid, Love)
Ryan Gosling was a triple threat this year, pumping out three amazing movies. I have yet to see Ides of March, but Drive was an incredible film. It was thrilling in an understated intense way, which was mostly carried through Gosling's talent. And if you haven't seen Crazy, Stupid, Love...you are just plain crazy! Go see it (it's on DVD) and it's awesome!

5. 50/50 (Best Original Screenplay)
This movie was great. It was funny, moving, and sad all in the right places. It's hard to make a film about cancer and have it be a comedy, but the screenwriters definitely proved they could do it. It's a shame it was left out of the category.

That's it for my bitterness. Other than that, I am pleasantly pleased with the other nominees. Now all I have to do is dethrone my brother for the Oscar crown! Were there any specific nominees you wished were on the ballot? Are you bitter like me? Or do you think the Academy is just fifty shades of looney? Sound off below, fellow cinophiles! 


  1. I love finding other avid fans of The Academy Awards! I was also somewhat taken aback by the nominations this year. You have listed some very worthwhile contenders that should have received noms. New follower!

    ~Nikki (Imaginative Adventure)