The Oscar Snubs of 2015 Get the In Memoriam Treatment

By  · Published on February 20th, 2015

On Sunday, a number of movies, filmmakers, performers and craftspeople of all different kinds will see their dreams realized in the form of an Oscar win. About five times that many will see their nominations turn into a loss. Even more will be at home, not even invited to the party, despite the overwhelming worthiness of their work.

This last group is the Oscar Snubs. It’s the group that usually gets the most discussion right around the time the nominations are announced. In those early stages, we’re more interested in who did not get recognized than who might win. As time goes by the actual nominees become more of a focus, the races get political and things really heat up. They stay white hot until a few days before the Academy Awards ceremony, where we sit right now. At this point, we’re all just helplessly waiting to get it over with. Our predictions are out in the world, the final arguments have been made and all that’s left is for Neil Patrick Harris to step out onto that stage and start the show.

Before we get to that, let’s take one more look back at the ones who weren’t even invited to the party. In the video above, put together by the folks over at JoBlo.com, the biggest snubs of 2015 get the In Memoriam treatment.

The most egregious of these snubs, as I think we can all agree, are as follows:

Life Itself for Best Documentary Feature

The LEGO Movie for Best Animated Feature

Selma for Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Director (Ava DuVernay)

Nightcrawler for Best Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal)

I’m not entirely sure I’m with the video for all of these. Guardians of the Galaxy is great, but a Best Picture nomination seems like a bit of a stretch, especially by Academy standards. Though one of these days, don’t be surprised to see a Marvel Studios movie break into those top 5–6 categories.

In the end, all we can do is keep these movies in our hearts, where they will undoubtedly win all of the awards.

What would you say is the most egregious Oscar snub of 2015? Let us know in the comments below.

Neil Miller is the persistently-bearded Publisher of Film School Rejects, Nonfics, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the Executive Producer of the upcoming One Perfect Shot TV show (HBO Max, 2021) and the co-host of The Storm: A LOST Rewatch podcast. He can be found on Twitter here: @rejects (He/Him)