The 10 biggest snubs in the 2016 Oscar nominations

  • The 10 biggest snubs in the 2016 Oscar nominations

With so many good films released in the past 12 months, some were obviously going to have to be left off the Oscars nominations list, otherwise each category would be about 50 entries long.

So while La La Land landed a record-equalling 14 Academy Award nominations, some films and actors were taken aback not to have their name called out.

10. Hugh Grant - Best Supporting Actor

While Meryl Streep received her staggering 20th acting nomination for her performance in Florence Foster Jenkins - more than any other actor, her co-star Hugh Grant's name was absent from the nominations.

In the comedy of a tuneless New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, Grant plays her supportive husband, and his absence from the nominations is most likely as FFJ is not a "serious" film - which the Academy don't care much for.

Of course, Meryl Streep had to get a nomination, or something would be up with the world.

Read our Florence Foster Jenkins review

9. Finding Dory - Best Animated Film

In this ever-changing world, a Pixar film being in the category for Best Animated Film is a near-constant - the hugely-successful animation company has picked up ten nominations and eight wins since Monsters Inc. was among the nominees in the category's debut year.

While Finding Nemo was the first of Pixar's eight Oscar wins, its sequel hasn't even been recognised, and joins The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University and Cars 2 on the list of Pixar's movies not to be nominated.

Read our Finding Dory review

8. Tom Hanks - Best Actor

Back in the '90s, Hanks was a shoo-in to see his name in the Best Actor category, with five nominations between 1988 and 2000, but since then, hasn't been featured at all despite starring in Oscar-winning films such as Bridge of Spies, Captain Phillips and Catch Me If You Can.

The latest of Hanks' Oscars absences is for his portrayal of pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in Sully, which also missed out on Best Film and Best Director for Clint Eastwood, with it only earning a Best Sound Editing nomination.

Read our Sully: Miracle on the Hudson review

7.  Annette Bening - Best Supporting Actress

Touching semi-biographical film 20th Century Women was critically praised, especially the performance of Annette Bening as the mother struggling to raise her teenage son.

Yet it wasn't enough to find a place amongst the high-calibre of the Best Supporting Actress category, as Bening failed to add to her previous four acting nominations.

6. Pharrell Williams - Best Score

Hidden Figures got itself three nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, but producer Pharrell Williams will be smarting for missing out on Best Score.

The musician, who also helped to produced the film, teamed up with Hans Zimmer to write the score and several original songs for the soundtrack, but his work missed out on both Best Original Score and Best Original Song, while relatively unknown HBO documentary Jim: The James Foley Story got an Original Song nomination.

5. Garth Davis - Best Director

The Australian director saw his directorial debut, Lion, pick up an impressive six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting nominations for both Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

But Garth Davis will have been disappointed to have been missed out of the running for Best Director in a very strong field, and won't be joining the six-person list of directors that won the Oscar for their debut film, which includes Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Sam Mendes.

4. Martin Scorsese - Best Director

The legendary director's impressive body of work has earned 80 Oscar nominations, and won 20 statuettes since 1975, and was expecting more than just a Best Cinematography nod this time round for Silence.

His story of two priests travelling to Japan to find their mentor has been described by critics as 'monumental', 'riveting' and 'emotionally resonant', yet the 74-year-old director will be disappointed not to add to his seven Best Director nominations (but surprisingly only a single win).

3. Deadpool - Best Picture

Despite being a sweary, wisecracking superhero, Deadpool was building serious momentum going into awards season, and with a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category, more than a few people were anticipating it repeating the surprise Best Film nomination of Mad Max: Fury Road  from last year.

Alas, it was not to be, and Deadpool wasn't even in consideration, for Best Film, Best Actor or even Best Makeup, but it was fun while it lasted; and Ryan Reynolds provided a wonderful Deadpool-style response at the news:

Read our Deadpool review

2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Best Supporting Actor

It was a big surprise when Aaron Taylor-Johnson won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor a couple of weeks ago for the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals, but then it threw out the possibilities of him going on to even further success.

Those possibilities were quashed with the Oscar nominations as he didn't feature, but unexpectedly, Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Nocturnal Animals co-star Michael Shannon was named in the Best Supporting Actor list.

1. Amy Adams - Best Actress

While Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi drama Arrival, which sees linguists trying to find the reasons for the appearances of several UFOs, earned seven nominations, including Best Film and Cinematography and one for the director, its leading lady was left in the cold.

Amy Adams was the driving force behind the genre-shifting film, as many expected the five-time nominee to finally pick up the statuette, but unfortunately it won't be this year.

Read our Arrival review

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