Oscar Nomination Shocks and Surprises (and Twitter’s Reaction)

Nominations for the 2015 Oscars were announced Thursday morning and, as always, there are a few snubs and shockers. Just a few hours after the nominations, attention was already being called to the extreme whiteness of this year’s list of nominees.

The most glaring error is in the list of nominations for Best Director. It is a complete disappointment that Ava DuVernay’s name is not on there. But is it a surprise? Not really. Ava DuVernay falls into two categories that are often ignored by the Academy: she is Black and she is a woman. And in spite of the glowing reviews and critical accolades Selma has received, there was no way they were going to honor Ava DuVernay for her hard work and incredible talent.


Another surprise-but-not-really is the omission of David Oyelowo from the Best Actor category for his role as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. All hopes lie with the film’s nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song.

A few surprises in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories… Jennifer Aniston wasn’t nominated, which shocked a lot of fans. Her portrayal of a drug addict in Cake did earn her nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild but nothing from the Oscars.

Marion Cotillard took one of the five spots, thanks to her performance in Two Days, One Night. Amy Adams wasn’t nominated, which is surprising only because of Hollywood’s fascination with her. Although Laura Dern didn’t receive any nominations for Golden Globe or SAG awards, she did end up on the list of Oscar nominees for her role in Wild.

Bradley Cooper was nominated… again. This makes the third year in a row that he’s been nominated. This year, it’s for his role as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper. (Last year, it was American Hustle and before that, it was for Silver Linings Playbook.)

And the award for Best Reaction to an Oscar Snub goes to Philip Lord, co-writer and director of The Lego Movie, which didn’t receive a nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

But the best Oscar nomination tweets were the reactions to a slip-up in the announcements when Dick Pope’s name was mistakenly pronounced as “Dick Poop”.

Within a few hours, a new hashtag, started by @ReignOfApril, started trending, beginning with this tweet:

Thoughts? Who did or didn’t deserve to be nominated? Who do you think will or should win? (Please don’t say Dick Poop.)

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One thought on “Oscar Nomination Shocks and Surprises (and Twitter’s Reaction)”

  1. I can’t even handle the Selma nomination news. It’s a mixture of fury and complete disappointment. The whole thing is just so white when some of the best roles and standout characters in film (and tv) are amazingly diverse. I guess it’s why great actors and Oscar winners/nominees of color are heading to TV.

    We will definitely continue this conversation in the PoC News roundup on Monday.

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