8 "Should've Been" Oscar Nominees - Raindance

The Oscar nominees have been announced and while some predictions may have come to life, there is no doubt that there have been quite a few upsets. How could such great films, directors, and actors not have been nominated? This is a list of just 8 “should’ve been” Oscar nominees.

8.  Joaquin Phoenix, Her


Quite possibly the most shocking upset of the season, Joaquin Phoenix’s beautiful and heart wrenching performance in Her has gone unrecognized by the Academy this year. He has previously been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and has yet to win. Here’s to hoping he won’t be robbed again in the future.

7. Scarlett Johansson, Her


Continuing on with Spike Jonze’s beautiful romantic drama  Her, Scarlett Johansson was an Oscar hopeful for her brilliant voiced performance as the sassy operating system Samantha. Being that the Golden Globes don’t nominate actors for performances in which they don’t appear on screen, people had their fingers crossed that she’d receive an Oscar nod, sad day, Scar Jo fans, sad day.

6. Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine (Director)


Cate Blanchett won a well-deserved Golden Globe win for her breath-taking performance in Blue Jasmine and today  she received an Oscar nod, halleluiah! While, Blanchett is getting all the recognition she deserves, the Academy has failed to nod their heads at the phenomenal direction behind the sad and inspiring film, Woody Allen. He did receive an Oscar nod for his writing of the original screenplay and for that we can be glad.

5. Oprah Winfrey, The Butler


Both critics and audience members raved about Oprah’s comeback to the big screen in last year’s beautiful tale, The Butler. However, she failed to receive a nomination for the Golden Globes and now the Oscars. Hopefully she will continue to shine in upcoming films and will receive the recognition she deserves.

4. Blue is the Warmest Color

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and winning Best International Independent Film at the British Independent Film Awards, Blue is the Warmest Color was yet another shocking Oscar snub. We’re guessing the Academy didn’t see the spark both the critics and audience saw, making this one of the most talked about films in 2013.

3. Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


This should have been his first Oscar nod! In the sad year of legendary Nelson Mandela’s passing, the critics and people were awaiting the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Irdis Elba blew everyone away with his portrayal of the great South African President and received a nod at the Golden Globes, however the Academy failed to do the same.

2. Tom Hanks, Captain Philips/Saving Mr.Banks


Some would argue that 2013 was indeed the year of Tom Hanks. Receiving positive acclamation from both the critics and the audience for his roles in Saving Mr. Banks and Captain Philips, people believed he would definitely have an Oscar nomination in the bag, especially after an astonishing 13 years of not being nominated.  Who knows, maybe the Academy couldn’t choose between his two moments of brilliance, which would be pretty sad

1. Fruitvale Station

Winning numerous awards at film festivals including Sundance, Fruitvale Station was left in the cold at The Golden Globes and now again with the Oscar nomination announcement. This was Director Ryan Coogler’s very first feature film and starred the brilliant rising star Michael B. Jordan along with last year’s Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. This is without a doubt the underdog of the year and should have everybody asking if the Academy is just plain out ignoring wonderful independent films.


This years Academy Awards looks as though it will be a battle between 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle. While the 3 of those films are undoubtedly great, there are definitely some films and performances that deserved recognition. You can watch the Academy Awards on the 2nd of March.

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