See Google's Most Searched Oscar Snubs
Ahead of the 88th awards Feb. 28, take a look back at the Google’s most searched Oscar snubs.
'Selma,' 2015 Oscars
Among the many biopics that populated last year’s movie lineup, Ava DuVernay's gripping portrayal of the 1965 civil rights movement and its leader, Martin Luther King Jr., seemed a shoo-in to snag a few golden men. But while 'Selma' indeed scored a best picture nomination, and won for best original song, it was shut out in the other major categories, including best director and best actor.
'Goodfellas,' 1991 Oscars
'Goodfellas' is hailed as one of the greatest movies of all-time, but it never quite got that kind of credit from the Academy. Martin Scorsese's gangster epic was nominated for six awards, including best picture and best director, but took home just one award: best supporting actor award for Joe Pesci’s hot-headed Tommy DeVito. The Kevin Costner-directed Western, 'Dances with Wolves,' beat 'Goodfellas' out in both major categories.
'Argo,' 2013 Oscars
It's hard to call 'Argo' a snub, considering it won three Oscars, including best picture, at the 2013 ceremony. But critics and fans alike were left mystified by the absence of Ben Affleck in the Oscars’ director category. Not that it mattered in the end: Affleck ultimately won an Oscar anyway, as one of the film's producers. (Ang Lee took home best director that year for 'Life of Pi.')
'American Sniper,' 2015 Oscars
In 2014’s 'American Sniper,' Bradley Cooper tackles the role of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and the toll war hurls at his family. Cooper’s performance was largely praised as stark and powerful, earning the star a third consecutive Oscar nomination (second for best actor), and some of the best reviews of his career. But Cooper ultimately didn't have enough to win: Eddie Redmayne’s take on Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything' that picked up the gold, while 'Sniper' lost to 'Birdman' in the best picture category.
'The LEGO Movie,' 2015 Oscars
The Internet erupted when the Oscars overlooked 'The LEGO Movie' in the best animated feature category. The 2014 film boasted bold visuals, mile-a-minute gags, and a laundry list of voiceovers from major stars, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, and the team of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. All of this was apparently not enough for the Academy, who bestowed the statue upon 3-D super flick 'Big Hero 6.'
'Unbroken,' 2015 Oscars
Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 book, Angelina Jolie’s historical drama was immediately pegged as an Oscars frontrunner upon its 2014 release. It traces the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, following him from a troubled childhood to Olympic success, and throughout his tumultuous journey as a World War II prisoner of war. After sequential snubs from both the Golden Globes and SAGs, 'Unbroken' lost the momentum it once brandished, sliding by award season with little in hand.
'Interstellar,' 2015 Oscars
This futuristic space odyssey unsurprisingly dominated tech nominations in the 2015 Oscar race, but the special effects stunner had more to offer than sweeping views of a galaxy on edge. Helmed by Christopher Nolan, 'Interstellar' featured a high stakes plot hinged on the fate of humanity, as well as dynamic performances from the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain. Nabbing its spot as a Best Picture hopeful were flicks like 'Whiplash,' 'Boyhood,' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', with 'Birdman' scoring the final prize.
'Captain Phillips,' 2014 Oscars
Tom Hanks has conquered many remarkable roles over the course of his career, but his portrayal of Captain Phillips marked a new highlight in his already adept trajectory. It was surprising, then, when the Paul Greengrass-directed thriller scored six nominations at the 2014 awards without a best actor salute. In the end, Matthew McConaughey’s transformative portrait of the tenacious Ron Woodroof in 'Dallas Buyers Club' swiped the Oscar.
'Nightcrawler,' 2015 Oscars
In one of his most tantalizing performances to date, Jake Gyllenhaal dropped 30 pounds to play the nefarious Los Angeles journalist Lou Bloom in Dan Gilroy’s thriller. Save for best original screenplay, 'Nightcrawler' missed at the 2015 awards, with the biggest upset stemming from Gyllenhaal’s Best Actor rebuff. Instead, Eddie Redmayne stole the show in James Marsh’s Brit drama 'The Theory of Everything.'
'Avatar,' 2010 Oscars
When James Cameron’s imaginative alien sci-fi hit theaters in 2009, its utterly immersive 3-D imagery reinvented the way movies could be made. It deservedly blasted through the box office, later raking in an impressive nine nominations — but none were for its talented cast. Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, and the like were sidelined for selects from 'The Blind Side,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' and 'Precious,' among others. Perhaps they’ll get a second shot in 'Avatar 2.'
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