CATEGORIES MoviesThe nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards were just announced, and as is always the case on "Oscar morning," there were glaring omissions. This morning, however, the snubs were especially shocking -- more so than in previous years. For starters, Michael Fassbender, who had been garnering attention for several breakthrough performances this year (not to mention going the full monty in one of them), was left off the Best Actor list for his work in Shame. Even more remarkable was how Leonardo DiCaprio was stiffed for his transformational work in J. Edgar. Similarly, Albert Brooks was criminally overlooked for Drive. Having said that, there were many delightful surprises such as Nick Nolte grabbing a nod for his understated turn in the terribly underrated Warrior and Melissa McCarthy scoring a rare comedic nod for Best Supporting Actress in Bridesmaids. That said, the snubs stink and that what brings us to the purpose of this post.
I could go on and on about the worthy performances and films that were overlooked, and there were a lot of them. Instead, I'll just highlight key performances and films that got overlooked and celebrate the work with a pointless award "show" I created over a decade ago. "The Forgotscars" celebrates actors and films which could've very easily earned nods but failed to do so. While there are no trophies when the winners are selected (please comment below to determine the "winners"), my intention is to lessen the sting from the snubs. I only listed major categories but could've easily extended it to the minor ones. For example, how was "Life's a Happy Song" not nominated for Best Song for The Muppets, and how is Cliff Martinez's score for Contagion or Drive not among the nominees? OK -- I digress. Read below, and weigh in.
Best Picture Bridesmaids Crazy, Stupid, Love. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo The Ides of March Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Warrior
Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Michael Fassbender, Shame Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 Ryan Gosling, Drive Tom Hardy, Warrior
Best Actress Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia Leila Hatami, A Separation Felicity Jones, Like Crazy Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Best Supporting Actor Albert Brooks, Drive Armie Hammer, J. Edgar Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Ides of March Patton Oswalt, Young Adult
Best Supporting Actress Anjelica Houston, 50/50 Anna Kendrick, 50/50 Amy Ryan, Win Win Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Director David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Bennett Miller, Moneyball Gavin O'Connor, Warrior Steven Spielberg, War Horse Tate Taylor, The Help