The nominations that should have been

Every year, Oscar nominations bring with them a fresh wave of excitement and disappointment. Though we love awards season, it certainly isn’t fun watching your favorite films and performances get snubbed. This year, too, brought the same dilemma with it. While it’s great that films like Whiplash and Mr. Turner are getting recognition, here are 5 nominations we would’ve loved to have seen:

Best Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal

With only one nomination under its belt, Nightcrawler is the one film we can say has been robbed this year. But the most outrageous omission has got to be the lack of a nomination for Gyllenhaal. With Nightcrawler, the actor showed us exactly why he’s stuck around in the cutthroat film industry for so long. He took an already remarkable script and portrayed it with an unparalleled brilliance that reminded us exactly why we love him.

Best Actress – Jennifer Aniston

Given her recent string of "horrible" films, it was surprising to see Aniston in a role as powerful as Claire Bennett. With Cake, the actress proved that she still has it in her. As Bennett, Jennifer showed us a side to her we didn’t know existed. Her performance was packed with power, heart and brutality. There’s a reason she was nominated for most of the season’s big awards, and it breaks our heart to see her get snubbed.

Best Animated Feature – The Lego Movie


Everything is NOT awesome when we live in a world where The Lego Movie gets snubbed. Undoubtedly one of the best animated films in years, the film wowed both critics and moviegoers. This was apparent in the box office collections and the subsequent outrage over the movie’s snub. It isn’t easy to make a film that’s so different and keep it both entertaining and meaningful. But that’s exactly what The Lego Movie did. This is truly one of the biggest snubs of the year.

Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn

As much as we hate it, this is a snub we saw coming from a mile away. Though Gone Girl isn’t your typical Oscar bait, it’s still a film that deserved recognition. After all, it isn’t everyday that we see such a smooth translation from the page to the screen. However, it was all for nothing since it was overlooked in favor of more conventional screenplays like American Sniper and The Theory of Everything.

Best Original Score – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl

Trent Reznor
and Atticus Ross have never let us down with their soundtracks. Need proof? Just listen to their compositions for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! The Gone Girl score, which breathed life into an already stellar film, was no exception. Unfortunately, the Academy disagrees. Reznor and Ross were passed up this year.

So, there you have it! Five nominations that we would’ve loved to see this year. Though we might not agree with all of the Academy’s choices, we still can’t wait to see who comes out on top at the 87th Academy Awards. What about you?

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