Here we are again folks, time to look at just what Oscar left off of their nominations list. For those who don’t follow or don’t remember this piece from years past, I basically go down the line in the major categories and look at what voters probably had next on their lists. For example, in Best Picture I’ll be looking at essentially what the next nine films could have been for the Academy. It’s partially just for fun (and keep in mind…this isn’t how I would have preferred things to have gone down, or else the lists below would be quite different than they are), but I’ve always felt that it also shines an interesting bit of light onto what the Oscar nominations could have looked like…for better or worse. Some of these choices are rather obvious, while others are just guesses on my part. Either way, this is nothing if not a good conversation starter, so be sure to let me know what you think the Alternate nominations would have been like. For now though, let’s get started and see what the next level down of Oscar nominees would look like!
All is Lost
August: Osage County
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
-It seems to me like Blue Jasmine was the obvious tenth film, with Saving Mr. Banks next in line. After that, it’s probably Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor, and then a huge drop off. Voters really seemed to hone in on about a dozen movies that they cared about this year, so that left a number of contenders more in the dust than was expected, resulting in a slightly different Best Picture lineup than planned.
Woody Allen- Blue Jasmine
Stephen Frears- Philomena
Paul Greengrass- Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze- Her
Jean-Marc Vallée- Dallas Buyers Club
-We didn’t have the chaos in this category that we got last year, but Paul Greengrass and Spike Jonze were the notable omissions here. Both probably split the number six votes, with Jean-Marc Vallée closer on their heels than many probably thought. Woody Allen always gets some votes when he’s got a film that the Academy likes, and Stephen Frears has been a friend of theirs before, these five seem like the obvious next in lines for Best Director to me.
Tom Hanks- Captain Phillips
Oscar Isaac- Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix- Her
Robert Redford- All is Lost
Forest Whitaker- Lee Daniels’ The Butler
-We knew that Best Actor was going to be a bloodbath, but I don’t think we were expecting this particular version of it. Tom Hanks was fully expected to contend for the win, but then along came Leonardo DiCaprio and at the last minute…Christian Bale too. Now, Hanks is on the outside looking in with Robert Redford, and one of them probably was just eked out by Bale. After that Joaquin Phoenix likely got some love, with Oscar Isaac sadly far behind.
Julie Delpy- Before Midnight
Adele Exarchopolous- Blue is the Warmest Color
Brie Larson- Short Term 12
Emma Thompson- Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet- Labor Day
-I came so close to predicting Emma Thompson as the one to miss as opposed to Amy Adams or Meryl Streep, so this just goes to show that I should be a little ballsier from time to time. Besides Thompson, I don’t think anyone else came close to getting in, though the seventh spot probably went to either Brie Larson or Adele Exarchopolous. They were miles behind though, sadly.
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Bruhl- Rush
James Gandolfini- Enough Said
Jake Gyllenhaal- Prisoners
Tom Hanks- Saving Mr. Banks
Matthew McConaughey- Mud/The Wolf of Wall Street
-Somehow I got this category completely right, and seem to have been one of the few. I think we can all agree that Daniel Bruhl was the number six guy, though I have a hunch that McConaughey (possibly even for The Wolf of Wall Street) was close behind. After that, it really depends on if you think James Gandolfini got a lot of love or not. Either way, it seems like Bruhl was the only one who obviously got close.
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Garner- Dallas Buyers Club
Scarlett Johansson- Her
Margot Robbie- The Wolf of Wall Street
Lea Seydoux- Blue is the Warmest Color
Oprah Winfrey- Lee Daniels’ The Butler
-Another instance of picking the wrong snub. I’d long figured that either Jennifer Garner, Sally Hawkins, or Scarlett Johansson were getting into Best Supporting Actress, but I’d usually counted on a Julia Roberts miss. Well, it was Oprah Winfrey instead, and go figure, I think Garner was the number six too, not her. After that, there was a big drop off, I’d expect, though part of me hopes Johansson came close.
Best Adapted Screenplay
August: Osage County (Tracey Letts)
Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix)
Lone Survivor (Peter Berg)
Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton)
The Spectacular Now (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber)
-This was a weak lineup, so aside from the obvious next in line contender in August: Osage County, I’m not sure anything even came close. Maybe Lone Survivor if you’re looking to stretch? Adapted is usually the stronger category, but not this year, especially when you see how far back the six through ten players were.
Best Original Screenplay
Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener)
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Saving Mr. Banks (Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith)
-Everything in my being wants to say that Inside Llewyn Davis was next in line, but that’s if I let my heart lead me. Using my head, I say it was Gravity, with potentially Saving Mr. Banks after that. Still, they nominated a very solid group here for a change, so it’s a top heavy lineup in a good way in Original.
Overall, I think I actually prefer the original nominees in most of the categories, though there are some snubs here that really did break my heart, to one degree or another. I suppose the ideal lineup (or at least my more ideal lineup) is somewhere in between, with some personal choices thrown in there for good measure to make it perfect. The dream lineup is nice to think about, but it’s just that…a dream. Reality is reality and we’ll just make due with what we have here. I turn things over to you now though, ladies and gentlemen…which films and performances do you feel just missed the cut for Oscar nominations? How close do you think I got to the Academy’s near miss choices? Am I completely off of the mark here? I’m very curious to get your take on this annual piece of mine, so have at it now!
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!