It's award season and the 2016 Oscar nominees were recently announced. As is the case every year, this causes much excitement, shock, confusion and maybe even a little outrage. One of the biggest surprises this year is the fact that a movie like Mad Max: Fury Road, which is not your typical 'Oscar' film, is up for some serious consideration. Whether you were a fan or not, it's nice that the Academy is acknowledging a film that is different from the usual period-piece dramas that get nominations every year. But like every year, there are plenty of snubs and people upset at who and what didn't get nominated.
The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became popular once again this year. It was the second year in a row that no actors and actresses of color were nominated for an award. Benicio Del Toro, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Jason Mitchell, Samuel L. Jackson are only some of the names who should have received recognition for their performances. Even if you ignore the issue of race, even Academy favorites like Quentin Tarantino didn't get any nominations. Tarantino usually receives (and deserves) a Best Original Screenplay nomination for his films, along with Best Director and Best Film, but this year - nothing.
It's almost guaranteed that every year, artists and films will be left out of the award conversation - even when they deserved to be part of it. It's easy to dismiss the Academy Awards and simply not bother being surprised at their list of nominees every year, but every year, we always fall back into our moods of frustration and confusion over what and who is considered Oscar-worthy. While every missed opportunity by the academy is unfortunate, some snubs are definitely more significant than others.
10 Cary Joji Fukunaga For Beasts of No Nation
9 Idris Elba For Beasts of No Nation
8 Abraham Attah For Beasts of No Nation
7 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
6 Oscar Isaac For Ex Machina
5 Benicio Del Toro For Sicario
4 Jacob Tremblay For Room
3 Ryan Coogler For Creed
2 Mark Ruffalo For Spotlight
The Danish Girl is getting more attention than Tangerine is, even though the latter has been getting better reviews than the former. The Danish Girl tells the story of Danish artist Einar Wegener, who underwent one of the first male-to-female reassignment surgeries in the 1920s, with Eddie Redmayne playing the lead. Tangerine stars two transgender actresses and tells a more authentic story, breaking casting and filmmaking conventions by being filmed all on an iPhone. With #OscarsSoWhite trending again, it's no surprise that the film made by heterosexual, white men gets more award acclaim than the film starring two women of color in the LGBT community.
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