Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 3:35 pm

Bullock earns best actress nomination

Sandra Bullock in the award-winning film Gravity. SUBMITTED PHOTOBy AMBER-LYNE BRICKER
Staff Writer
Movieland’s Oscar nominations have finally been announced as disappointment and complaints begin to roll in.
For many, award season is the time for fans’ favourite actors and movies to receive the recognition we believe they deserve.
The 86th Academy Awards are a high point for fans and celebrities alike. What better way to honour your success than to have a shiny gold man sitting on your mantel? However, this year it’s seems excitement for the award show is low and disappointment is at an all time high.
2013 was a good year for movies: films like Gravity, which has taken home a whopping 26 awards, and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, dominated the box offices.
With so many films smashing box office opening weekend records it was clear that many would be left out.
The nominations were announced by Chris Hemsworth, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 16. This year, the ceremony will be hosted by none other than comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Awards for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Animated Feature and Best Cinematography are among the 24 categories.
Mark Hughes, a writer for Forbes magazine, wrote an article on the nominations, having a few bones to pick with the academy’s decisions.
“Admittedly, it was a very strong year for Oscar contenders, making it difficult to decide who to leave out and who to invite in. And, overall, the Oscars got alot right. But what they got wrong, they got very wrong.”
He proceeded to outline all that the Academy has gotten wrong: snubbing actors like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Robert Redford in the Best Actor/Actress categories being the largest. Fans worldwide agree. Twitter blew up with complaints about the Academy leaving too many films out of the running.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug were among the few films with zero nominations.
“I was really disappointed when The Hobbit didn’t get a single nomination,” Lindsay Lobins, 20, of Niagara Falls said. “I thought it deserved more recognition.”
There are a few happy notes. Leonardo DiCaprio, a fan favourite since he did Titanic, has never received an Oscar and with his nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street many fans are hoping that he gets the recognition he deserves.
DiCaprio is not the only actor fans are pulling for. Sandra Bullock has been nominated for best actress for her work on Gravity and people are hoping she’ll be able to pull ahead of veteran winner Meryl Streep, nominated for her work in August: Osage County.
While the negativity runs high, fans don’t hold much hope for it getting any better once the winners are announced. The Oscars will be broadcast live from Hollywood on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

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