2013 Oscar Nominations Surprises and Snubs

by Myeisha Essex

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It’s that time of year again! Awards season brings much excitement to the entertainment world and this year’s Oscars nominations has everyone buzzing.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized the work of Denzel Washington, Quentin Tarantino, and Quvenzhané Wallis for the 2013 ceremony.

Washington is nominated for best actor in a leading role for his work as Whip Whitaker in Flight. He’s no stranger to the Oscar world — this is his sixth career Academy Award nomination and his fourth for best actor. He’s won a golden statuette twice before for best supporting actor in Glory and best actor in Training Day.

Django Unchained received five nominations, including best picture, cinematography, and best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz’s performance as Dr. King Schultz. Surprisingly, Quentin Tarantino did not receive a best director nod, nor did Jamie Foxx for his leading role as slave-turned-bounty hunter Django.

Child actress Quvenzhané Wallis made history this year. At the tender age of 9, she is the Academy’s youngest best actress nominee. Her breakout role in the independent hit Beasts of the Southern Wild has received major recognition and critical acclaim. And to really prove how amazing she is, she auditioned for the role when she was just five years old! She shares the category with the Academy’s eldest nominee, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for Amour.

Lincoln leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, and best actor. For a complete list of the nominees click here, and be sure to check out the show when it airs on Sunday, February 24.

Did all of your favorite stars receive Oscar nominations? Tell us your shockers of the year.

  • T

    I was surprised Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t nominated for Django. Always great to know Denzel was nominated. Good luck to Denzel!

  • http://nerdstradamas.wordpress.com nerdstradamas

    The Oscars will always receive a side eye from me. The Django Unchained nominations or lack thereof are strange

  • omfg

    it’s really a shame that clutch didn’t do much on beasts of the southern wild, preferring instead to repeatedly focus on the controversial aspects of django and the help (two years ago).

    Quvenzhané Wallis got virtually no ink on this website. the only story i recall here was something analyzing the role of the father – of course missing the point of the movie which was hushpuppy’s indomitable spirit. i didn’t see anything here about a role being given to a little black girl with no experience and how she carried the movie.

    so often there are complaints about how blacks (particularly women/girls) are portrayed yet when the opportunity came to heap praise on a young black girl in a movie, clutch absolutely missed the boat. what a pity.

    glad to see the academy has given this wonderful girl her props.

  • Nattral

    I wasn’t blown away by Jamie’s performance in DJango. I think DiCaprio and Jackson’s characters were more far convincing and they both outshined Jamie.

  • Yb

    lmao poor Leo…..I don’t think he’s ever gonna get that Oscar he wants.

    Rooting for Denzel and Quvenzhané Wallis.

  • Deb

    I bet you one the next movie Leo will act in will demand him to endure some type of extreme physical transformation. I think he’s probably ready to go there.

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  • AM

    The only person I’m looking out for is DENZEL WASHINGTON! This man gave a phenomenal performance in Pilot! YO. In any case, he deserves it.
    Oh yeah, and the little girl……tooo cute!

    I’m only looking out for black actors and actresses, I don’t care for white ones, at all!

  • Kenzy

    beasts of the southern wild was an awesome movie…i admit for half the movie i thought it was a little boy (im sorry pretty little girl) but that just shows how awesome of a job she did she is grea

  • Child, Please

    I’m so glad Denzel and Quvenzhané got nominated! I had my fingers crossed for them! I agree with omfg, though. I found out about her and the film from The View.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    The Academy never disappoints. If you are a Black actor and want to be recognized then just play some sort of stereotypical or pathological role. Denzel plays an alcoholic, drug addicted, womanizing liar and little Quvenzhané plays a terribly abused poverty stricken little girl who has no mother and a crazed father. Those are the kinds of roles that Hollywood loves from Black actors.

  • Nakia

    The biggest Oscar rip-off ever was when Denzel did not win best actor for Malcolm X. I don’t check for awards shows in general, but I really I don’t check for Oscar.

  • Alyssa

    Yes I am surprised Leo did not get nominated. Jamie Foxx was not that great in this movie so no surprise there. Wrong actor for that role honestly.

  • Kostas

    A honest question…shouldn’t our criticism be reserved for the actors who accept these roles? Or is it a matter of “Work where you can get it” and they get a pass?

    For Mr. Denzel Washington, I rather doubt that is the case. He has entirely too much clout to not have a powerful say I what he will do or not do. Perhaps he simply chose the role because he was interested in it and nothing more?

    Sometimes the simplest explanation is all there is to it.

  • __A

    I agree that this site could have talked about that movie more, but this girl’s character was another stereotypical role. She was abused. I’m sick of the abused black girl/woman role. It’s everywhere. If you’re not a maid, a mammy, the Popeyes chicken lady, or a Sapphire, then you are the abused black girl/woman.

    I would love to see a black Inception or a black Devil Wears Prada. Why does every black movie have to be Roots/Precious/The Help/The Color Purple/Some Tyler Perry movie? It’s just annoying to me that this is the only way Hollywood wants to portray us.

    I am glad that black people are getting recognized, and I am happy for this young girl, but I don’t think this movie shows anything different. Hushpuppy’s indomitable spirit is just the strong black woman thing thrown on a child.

  • IW

    Really disappointed about “Rise of the Guardians” not getting a nod. Peter Ramsey would have been an amazing contender. That film was definitely snubbed! :(

  • omfg

    i think it is unfortunate that you have such a simplistic characterization of this movie and the characters in it.

    i have issues with the movie, but it is not that.

    this girl and her father could have easily been white.

  • Joy

    It would have been Fun, and also Interesting if Denzel, and Jamie weere up against each other.

  • Joy

    Nakia: This is true, and the reason is that white folks didn’t give a S about Malcolm. Actually I think they didn’t understand him, and felt threatened by him; even in Denzel playing the character. Not that I give a S what white folks think

  • Jaslene

    What does Leo have to do to win an Oscar? He’s such a great actor and they will ninate h but he can’t win ever.

  • ruggie

    Quvenzhané Wallis was amazing in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” I found her relationship with her father to be moving. Not sure why her character is described as abused child. The father was tough for sure, but raised her to be strong, confident, smart and well loved. I haven’t seen anything like this film in a long time.

  • ImJustSaying

    My purely speculative opinion is that if they gave a nom to Leo or Sam (who were definitely awesome in making us hate/believe them) They would be seen as “liking the Racists” and Lord knows Hollywood doesn’t want to be seen as racist!

  • ImJustSaying

    a little info on Denzel when the character is a “bad guy” (Drunk/drug addict in Flight, Shady cop in TD) he only takes the role if the character “gets what’s coming to them”
    If the Bad guy “gets away” in the script he doesn’t take the role. He wants his characters to be real and be held accountable for their actions.

  • http://twitter.com/isistheblogger isistheblogger

    He will more than likely receive an Oscar for The Great Gatsby in 2014.

  • cb

    certain actors will not get Oscar probably not until late,late in their career…Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com Val

    Really? So you think how her father treated her was normal treatment for a 5 year-old? Wow. He made her live alone, cook for herself, yelled constantly at her, scared her and that’s not abuse to you? I just happen to think that a 5 year old Black girl deserves better otherwise she’s being abused.

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