The 86th Academy Awards will premier on March 2, 2014. The nominees this year include past winners like Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock as well as new nominees Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, June Squib and Michael Fassbender.
Even the films nominated this year are touted as some of the best films in the last few years with front runners like 'Gravity', '12 Years A Slave', and 'American Hustle'. There is no debate about the wealth of talent at the 86th ceremony, but there were so many actors that were snubbed by the Oscars this year. Of course, not all the actors can be nominated in the four competitive acting categories, and this year there were some great performances all around.
Here's a list which includes some of the actors that should have been nominated this year:
Tom Hanks for 'Captain Phillips' - With two Oscars already under his belt it's okay to overlook Tom Hanks a couple of times, but his performances in Captain Phillips as the taken hostage merchant mariner was certainly deserving of a nomination.
Oprah Winfrey for 'The Butler' - After a 15 year hiatus from the big screen, the former talk show queen returned to the big screen with Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Delivering a stellar performance, she was nominated for major awards like the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the BAFTAs and the Critics Choice Awards but failed to garner an Oscar nomination.
Emma Thompson for 'Saving Mr Banks' - Emma Thompson comes into her own in 'Saving Mr Banks' and with her already stellar career that's saying a lot. Her turn as the difficult, to say the least, Mary Poppins author PL Travers should have seen her receiving at least a nomination.
Joaquin Phoenix for 'Her' - 'Her', a brilliant futuristic film received five Oscar nominations, including nods for best picture and best original screenplay, but the film was snubbed in a few other categories. None of it's stars received acting nominations, including Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, who were considered as very sure potential contenders. Writer-director Spike Jonze was also passed over for a best director nod.
James Gandolfini for 'Enough Said' - In Nicole Holofcener's 'Enough Said', both the leads James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered great performances, but Gandolfini delivered an Oscar worthy performance. Fans of the late 'Sopranos' star were hoping he would score a posthumous Oscar nomination although he did manage to garner nominations at other awards functions including Independent Spirit, SAG, Critics' Choice and Golden Globe nominations.
Scarlett Johansson for 'Her' - She was brought in to replace Samantha Morton as the voice of the operating system in Spike Jonze’s 'Her'. Although it's possible that because it was mostly a voice role, that the Academy overlooked her for a Best Actress nomination, it needs to be said that this should have been the 'Avengers' actress' rightfully deserved first Oscar nomination.
Oscar Isaac for 'Inside Llewyn Davis' - Chris Isaac, who plays the struggling folk singer, played the part so well that it's quite surprising that he didn't receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Although Isaac received a Golden Globe nomination amongst others, he failed to make the Academy's list this year.