2015 Oscar Nominations: 7 Shocking Snubs & Surprises

  
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The Academy Award nominations came out early this morning and, as always, there have been some pretty big surprises. The Academy seems to like doing their own thing, so while they do nominate some of the same people as other awards shows, they do like to mix it up, just a little. So far, we’ve seen some pretty intense Oscar campaigns from some actors and actresses who are desperate to get a nod. For some of them, this worked; however, for others, they weren’t so lucky. We have collected 7 of the biggest Academy Award snubs and surprises of 2015!

7. Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal has made the quite the career comeback this year. After falling into relative obscurity after his role in “Brokeback Mountain,” he’s finally back and with a vengeance. His performance in the crime thriller “Nightcrawler” has been met with critical acclaim. Critics have been comparing him to a young Robert De Niro in “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy.” He’s also received a Golden Globe nomination, as well as Best Actor nods from the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA. Many thought the Academy would follow suit and give him a nomination, but they didn’t.

We’re not too worried about this snub though. Given how Gyllenhaal’s career has changed considerably over the last year, we think he has plenty of time to get nominated for another Academy Award. We think that he will definitely pull through this, unlike some of the other actors and actresses who failed to get a nomination.

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6. Surprise: Laura Dern for Wild

Despite giving a great performance in “Wild” alongside Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern had been shut out by all of the major awards shows – until now! She has just received a Best Supporting nod from the Academy. We think it is much deserved. She’s not even 10 years older than her Oscar-winning co-star; however, she played Witherspoon’s mother convincingly – not an easy feat. Some were predicting last fall that she would be an awards contender for the 2014-15 season; however, none of that panned out until now.

We are really rooting for Dern, but she has some stiff competition this year. She’s up against Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), Keira Knightley (“The Imitation Game”), Emma Stone (“Birdman”) and Meryl Streep (“Into the Woods”). Arquette brought home the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting this year this past Sunday, so we think that she is Dern’s major competition. One never knows what will happen at the Oscars though!

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