Most Oscar nominations well deserved

Some should have been nominees snubbed.

Nine movies were nominated as Best Picture for the 86th Academy Awards, but unfortunately many movies and actors were not chosen for Oscar nominations. Tom Hanks was just one of the many who was overlooked. Hanks portrayed real-life Captain Richard Phillips in the film “Captain Phillips” and was nominated for the Screen Actors Gild Award Ceremony (SAG), The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards but was not nominated for no Academy Awards.

Emma Thompson was excepted to win an Oscar for Best Actress in A Leading Role for her performance in “Saving Mr. Banks.” She portrayed P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins,” and spread her feelings to the audience. Not only was Thompson cut but so was the entire movie was as well. Instead, it received nominations for SAG, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe awards.

“The Butler,” the film biography of African-American butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) who served eight presidents throughout the 60s and 70s featured amazing acting. The most surprising omission from the awards was Oprah Winfrey who played the role of Gloria Ganies. Winfery did an incredible job providing a huge contrast from the famous talk show host.

Other terrible rejections from the awards include the category of Best Original Song for Lana Del Rey who sung “Young and Beautiful” for the film “Great Gatsby,” a Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination for Robert Redford in “All is Lost,” and the movies “The Hobbit the Desolation of Samug and “The Hunger Games Catching Fire.”

Even though many good movies were snubbed, some fantastic films were nominated in one or more categories. “The Wolf of Wall Street” was nominated for five Academy Awards. The film displayed the corruption of Wall Street in the 80s and 90s. Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film, “and deserves the Oscar for making clear emotional changes in his character throughout the film. His Oscar is long over due because he has been previously nominated three times. DiCaprio does a brilliant job in all of his films and portrays a completely different character in each one.

Along with DiCaprio’s nomination of Martin Scorsese’s nomination for his brilliant directing of “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Scorsese won once before in 2006 for directing “The Departed,” and has been nominated eleven times.

A dark horse nomination was Barkhad Abdi for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Abdi played the role of a pirate in the true story of “Captain Phillips.” He is from Somalia, and prior to being cast for “Captain Phillips” worked as a chauffeur with no acting experience. He was able to sell his role of being a crazed pirate from Somalia despite his humble surroundings; he made a constant and clear change in emotion when he acted.

Other surprises include the nomination of Jonah Hill for his role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Hill has been nominated once before in 2011 for his performance in “Money Ball.” However, it is hard to imagine Hill winning this prestigious award, as he is usually portrayed in odd, comedic roles such as “Superbad.” “Gravity” is a film nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year. The film is bound to win at least one Oscar, almost definitely for Best Picture. The movie had amazing cinematography and it felt as if the viewer was also disoriented really in space.

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on the ABC television network and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres for a second time on Mar. 2.