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Oscar Nominees 2011: Snubs, Surprises, Outrage!

Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 2:13 PM EST

2011 oscar nomineesThe 2011 Oscar nominations (Academy Awards) have been released and here is the list of people who were snubbed, surprising nominees and the outrage they have caused.

In what has thousands of people tweeting in outrage, the coveted 2011 Oscar nominees have been announced…and Christopher Nolan has been snubbed yet again. Just two years ago, Nolan’s popular film, The Dark Knight, failed to pick up a nomination for either directing or best picture. This year, many believed that Inception would undoubtedly snag Nolan a nomination for directing- but he didn’t. Instead, Inception received 8 nominations, and this time it did get nominated for Best Picture, along with Best Original Screenplay (so Nolan isn’t entirely ignored).

Among other surprises were that 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, who delivered a powerful performance in True Grit, was nominated as Best Supporting Actress, instead of lead. Consequently, Mila Kunis was omitted from being nominated altogether at the 2011 Oscars. Yet another snub was that “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary on the education system, failed to be nominated as well.

And then, there were a couple of nominations that seemed to come out of nowhere. For example, The Illusionist is a nominee for Best Animated Film, and Javier Bardem received a nomination for Best Actor, but the common movie-goer is probably not familiar with these names. Some may not yet have heard of Jacki Weaver either, who was honoured with a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Despite the major Nolan snub and several other casualties, The Academy Awards were pretty spot on this year (as they often are) with nominations.  It’s inevitable that some people (and films) will be left out, because there are only so many nominations to hand out (120, to be exact). So keep truckin’ on, Christopher Nolan, and better luck in years ahead.



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