Every Movie And Every Person Shafted By The Oscar Nominations, Ranked By How Angry You Should Be

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The 2014 Academy Award nominations are here! Finally! And the best part isn’t talking about who got nominated, but who got shafted. I mean, yes, we’re very excited for all the nominees, but there’s plenty of time to talk about them. In fact, they’re all we’re going to be talking about between now and March 2nd. Right now their publicists are on the phone, attempting to get their clients booked on every possible late night show.  (And you know all the late night hosts are booking up J.Law the fastest.) So let’s spend our last few moments before the grand campaigning begins to talk about the shaftees. 

SHAFTEE: Fruitvale Station for Best Picture and Best Actor

How You Should Feel About This: Very sad.

Michael B. Jordan’s incredibly portrayal of Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station brought me to tears. As did the tragic true story that’s the movie’s based on. Even thought it came out this summer and even though it didn’t star a brand name actor, I still thought that it would get some kind of recognition. Especially considering how relevant the story is to what’s happening between people of color and the police in our country today. But good job Academy, way to empower movies about white people problems.

SHAFTEE: Brie Larson for Best Actress in Short Term 12

How You Should Feel About This: Despondent

Even though you’ve probably never heard of Short Term 12, it’s one of the best films that came out this year. Brie Larson stars as a young woman working in a modern day orphanage who’s trying to help the children she’s working with while dealing with her own traumatic past. It’s a quiet movie, but a powerful one nonetheless. While getting nominated was a long shot, I still had my fingers crossed that the Academy would surprise us with this nom. Regardless, see it if you have the chance.

SHAFTEE: Blue Jasmine for Best Picture

How You Should Feel About This: Upset-ish.

While I’m thrilled to see Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins recognized for their amazing work in this film, it’s pretty disappointing that the Academy left this movie out in the cold for best pic. Then again it’s a Woody Allen film, and in light of everything that got brought up at this year’s Golden Globes, I’m thinking that maybe we didn’t need to send any more awards his way.

SHAFTEE: Emma Thompson for Best Actress in Saving Mr. Banks

How You Should Feel About This: Ugh

Even though I think Saving Mr. Banks took a few liberties with the Walt Disney character, Emma Thompson’s performance as P.L Travers should’ve earned her a nod. Combine that with her wonderful routine at the Golden Globes and it’s a mystery as to why anyone wouldn’t want her on a stage on live TV.

SHAFTEE: Idris Elba for Best Actor in Mandela

How You Should Feel About This: Really Annoyed

Even though the cast of Mandela barely did any press for Mandela, it’s still surprising that Idris Elba didn’t make the cut for best actor. Especially when Hollywood’s constantly being accused of not doing enough to help people of color in the industry succeed. Here’s an incredibly talented black actor who could’ve easily taken a spot from one of the four white guys being recognized. Sorry Leo, but he deserves to be on that list way more than you. And honestly, between this and the complete lack of noms for Fruitvale Station, it’s now pretty clear that there are a few problems with the group of people voting for the Oscars.

SHAFTEE: Tom Hanks for Best Actor in Captain Phillips

How You Should Feel About This: Meh

Tom Hanks final scene in Captain Phillips should’ve earned him a spot on the best actors list. Then again, he’s the Meryl Streep of male actors and we’re sure that he’ll get a few more chances to be up for an award before his career’s over. After all, this fall alone he starred in two huge films.

SHAFTEE: Robert Redford for Best Actor in All is Lost

How You Should Feel About This: Not Sure

Look, I’ll be honest with you kids. I did not see All is Lost. But from what I hear it’s essentially Cast Away on a boat. And anyone who can command a movie screen for two hours alone probably deserves some recognition. Also he’s still pretty hot for an old guy. I know that’s not in the nomination criteria, but still….

SHAFTEE: Lee Daniels’ The Butler for Best Picture

How You Should Feel About This: Good

Even though everyone else loved this film, I found it to be solidly mediocre. Sure Forrest Whittaker did a wonderful job as the butler, but nothing about this movie really stuck with me after I saw it. Which felt strange since it covers so many incredibly moving moments in history.

SHAFTEE: Inside Llewyn Davis for Best Picture

How You Should Feel About This: Woohoooooo!

Looks like the Academy and I agree that watching some sad sack go through sad things for a few sad hours doesn’t make the most compelling movie. Although look, I will say I thought the cat would get a best supporting actor nod. After all, it was the only thing that made me feel happy to be alive during the two-hour snoozefest that was my Inside Llewyn Davis movie watching experience.

SHAFTEE: Taylor Swift for Best Song “Sweeter Than Fiction” in One Chance

How You Should Feel About This: HA.HA. LOL. HEHE. ROTFL.

Sorry I’m not sorry that mashing up a few ’80s songs for a movie about an opera singer didn’t earn you a nod. I mean, I’m sure she’ll still be invited. To watch the awards at Hailee Steinfeld’s house. Okay, you’re right, I’m gloating. I’ll stop now.

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    • elle

      Sorry angry about Fruitvale Station, and I was really hoping Short Term 12 would get some award nods. It was such an amazing movie

      • Jenni

        So glad you saw both! Not enough people did, including people who pride themselves on seeing all the “good” movies.

    • mse63

      I’m most upset about Brie Larson, obviously. Short Term 12 is a beautiful movie and her performance is both heart-lifting and heart-shattering in it. Which also kind of describes the whole movie, that should’ve been considered for Screenplay and Picture as well imo.

      Not to mention that Brie had an excellent year, with that cameo-ish turn in Don Jon and a really great supporting performance in The Spectacular Now. Not surprised but definitely disappoint.

      • Jenni

        Yes, we’re definitely rooting for her! She has a movie coming out with Mark Wahlberg this year that will hopefully get her on the mainstream radar more.


      • mse63

        Yes, good then! She’s the kind of actor though, who always gets casted in the supporting roles instead of the lead, which she probably doesn’t mind, but she somehow keeps avoiding the spotlight entirely because of that. So it would’ve been kinda cool if she got a nom from the Academy despite that and despite the zero campaigning the movie was able to afford, but oh well…

      • elle

        So glad I’m not the only Brie Larson fan. She is so fantastic.

    • Jamie Rebecca

      um how about Blackfish getting shafted for Best Documentary? I know 20 Feet from Stardom got a lot of buzz this year but HELLO Blackfish is crazy!! I can’t believe it got snubbed. Such dicks.

      • Jenni

        I assumed that it was ineligible for some reason because I couldn’t figure out how that was possible…but apparently it really did get shafted. Which is so weird because it has more PR than all the other docs combined.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        It steps on a lot of toes that have nailpolish made of pure gold on them. The Oscars and Golden Globes are about box office and excellence as an afterthought. The GG are chosen by mainstream reviewers and we know how awful they usually are so what do they know.The Oscars are a way to boost box office for the good ol boys. Any movie from months ago won’t count because its run is over. And small one is frowned on because an Oscar or a GG won’t make a fantastic difference in box office. Black Swan and King’s Speech are anomalies as you can’t depend on that success.

      • mse63

        They also snubbed Stories We Tell, now I had a whole rage over that. I know it’s an unimportant movie subject-wise, but it’s just so creative and personal and ugh… It was even in my Top 10 for the year.

        Haven’t seen Blackfish yet, but it’s definitely on my list.

      • Jenni

        Blackfish is on Netflix! And I’ve heard great things about Stories We Tell, just haven’t gotten around to it. But I know, I need to.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        You will really like Blackfish. You might even like my review of it which has been read a lot over this protest of ours. http://moviesandfilm.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-blackfish.html

      • Jamie Rebecca

        @Jenni_Maier:disqus I KNOW. Blackfish was everywhere this year, its ridiculous. @mse63:disqus OMG YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. I’m ridiculously obsessed with this doc lol in case you guys cant tell, but it truly is amazing while also horrifying. Everyone needs to see it. Stoopid academy.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Read my marvelous review of it that has been going around. http://moviesandfilm.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-blackfish.html I really want to win this one against SeaWorld. I hurt over those Orcas.

      • Jenni

        Did you see the news about Southwest re-considering their Sea World partnership? The doc is actually making a difference, which is pretty impressive.

      • Jamie Rebecca

        thats.fantastic. FINALLY.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Now that is good news. A lot of us have been working away on that. Good to see results that really matter like the torture of the Orcas getting some attention in the wallet where it hurts SeaWorld.

      • CrazyLogic

        Blackfish actually has a few people who worked on it claim they were duped and it lied. That might have influenced the choice.



        That, combined with some other things that make it poorly put together probably caused the snub. While it raises some valid concerns, it’s not a very good documentary by Academy standards. Especially since it gives no solutions to the issue itself. I have a friend that is in school for film making, specializing in documentaries, and he says it’s actually very amateurish.

    • G.E. Phillips

      I just You-tubed the ending of Captain Phillips and I am stright up sobbing at my desk.

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