Moviegoers cite Oprah Winfrey’s exclusion, “Her’s” best picture nomination among the biggest shocks
Oscar voters have spoken and now it’s moviegoers turn to weigh in on this year’s nominations.
The biggest omissions from the current crop of Academy Awards contenders includes Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Thompson, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people by the movie ticketing service Fandango.
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Every Oscar season has its fair share of unexpected inclusions in addition to a list of snubs. For Fandango respondents the biggest surprises among the nominees were best picture contender “Her” and best supporting actor nominee Jonah Hill.
Hanks had been expected to sail to a nomination for his work as a kidnap victim in “Captain Phillips” and was also considered a strong contender for his supporting turn as Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.” Yet, he was unable to break into a crowded best actor field. His exclusion was the biggest snub in the opinion of 36 percent of Fandango respondents.
“Tom Hanks’ omission from the best actor category is the most surprising oversight this year,” Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger told TheWrap. “Many people considered him a lock along with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. But the category was simply too crowded. Hanks is clearly this year’s Ben Affleck.”
Affleck was overlooked for his role directing “Argo” last year, but was rewarded on Oscar night when the film won best picture.
Eighteen percent of those surveyed said Winfrey’s lack of a nomination for playing an alcoholic housewife in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” was the biggest snub, while 13 percent said Thompson’s failure to get a best actress nod for playing a prickly novelist in “Saving Mr. Banks” was the worst omission. “Monsters University’s” exclusion from the list of best animated features was the choice of 12 percent of those polled, while “Blackfish’s” lack of a best documentary feature nod was cited by 10 percent of voters as the biggest snub.
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Hill’s best supporting actor nomination was the biggest surprise for 43 percent of voters, while 21 percent chose “Her’s” best picture nomination and 20 percent named “The Croods'” best animated feature nomination as the major shocks. Also singled out were Christian Bale’s best actor nomination (7 percent) and “Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa’s” best makeup and hairstyling nomination (5 percent).
Robert Redford just missed the top five list of snubs with five percent of the vote, but Karger said there are a number of reasons the little-seen “All is Lost” couldn’t secure him an acting nomination.
“Robert Redford’s omission from best actor for ‘All Is Lost’ is surprising but he didn’t do much campaigning and his movie hasn’t approached the box office take of all of his competitors,” Karger said.
For the record: An earlier version of this article misidentified “Monsters University” as “Monsters, Inc.”