The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been revealed and as always, several seemingly strong contenders failed to make the cut. From The Hateful Eight and Straight Outta Compton to directors Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg, plenty of strong contenders were unexpectedly overlooked in major award categories. Below, check out some of this year’s biggest Oscar snubs:
Though Carol garnered some nods in the acting and screenplay categories, the critically acclaimed flick was snubbed for Best Picture and Todd Haynes was also overlooked for Best Director.
While it earned some nods for cinematography and music, The Hateful Eight was a surprising omission in a number of the bigger categories, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director for Quentin Tarantino.
Straight Outta Compton was considered as a likely nominee for Best Picture and Best Director, but the movie ended up getting almost completely shut out, other than a nod for Best Original Screenplay.
After the smashing success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office, many were wondering whether the revival of the beloved franchise would warrant some major nominations. But the movie didn’t earn much recognition other than a few VFX noms and a Best Score nod for John Williams.
The Martian earned a number of nominations, including ones for Best Picture and Best Actor for Matt Damon, but — despite Damon’s best attempts to front the filmmaker’s Oscar campaign — director Ridley Scott was shockingly left out of the Best Director category.
Steven Spielberg was also somewhat surprisingly left out of the Best Director candidates, although his film, Bridge of Spies, was nominated in other categories.
Though Steve Carell was widely considered a strong contender for his part in the ensemble of The Big Short, his performance ended up getting overlooked at the Oscars this year.
Young star Jacob Tremblay showed amazing range in this year’s Room and many critics considered his performance to be just as impressive as co-star Brie Larson’s. But apparently, the Academy didn’t agree and the young star failed to nab a nod.
Jane Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe for her memorable turn in Youth, but failed to get any love from the Academy this year. The same goes for Helen Mirren, who didn’t score either a best actress nomination for Woman in Gold or a best supporting actress nomination for Trumbo.
Perhaps worst of all? For the second year in a row, the Academy’s voters selected all white actors in the acting categories, shutting out a slew of equally deserving actors of color — including Will Smith, Benicio del Toro and Idris Elba.
Aaron Sorkin took home the Golden Globe for penning the Steve Jobs biopic, but Academy members completely shut hum out of the Adapted Screenplay category.
Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s Scientology expose for HBO, was arguably the most talked about documentary of the year, but the film was snubbed in the category of Best Documentary Feature.
In the Best Original Song category, the presumed frontrunner and Paul Walker tribute “See You Again,” from Furious 7, failed to even land a nomination.