With the 87th Annual Academy Awards less than a week away, it’s as good a time as any to take stock of where the Academy missed the mark with this year’s nominations. 2014 was a particularly strong year for film, making the already limited number of nominations available feel even more inadequate than usual. Thankfully, there were some deserved nominations as well, including the accolades heaped upon films like Boyhood, Whiplash, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Unfortunately, the list of nominations in general this year are disappointing to say the least, with lackluster films like American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything receiving undue praise while much better films are all but ignored. The following 10 items were robbed of nominations this year and represent the 10 biggest snubs of the 2015 Academy Awards.
10. Life Itself – Best Documentary Feature
The Best Documentary Feature award is already an undervalued category of the Academy Awards, but it still generally highlights some of the year’s most significant and well-made documentary films. Life Itself is a film with Oscar written all over it, considering its subject is the late Roger Ebert, America’s greatest film critic and one of American culture’s most significant voices. A film about one of film’s most important icons is the kind of thing that the Academy usually lavishes praise upon, making its exclusion from the Best Documentary Feature category stunning. More than that, Life Itself was one of the most popular and best-reviewed documentaries of the year, which makes its exclusion all the more perplexing.