40 Great (And Diverse) Actors and Directors Not Nominated For 2015 Oscars

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Earlier this morning we took a look at the 2015 Oscar nominations. We were pleased to see some of our favorite films of the year recognized, such as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel receiving nine nominations and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with five. 29-year-old director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash received nominations for Best Picture and four others, and the always brilliant Marion Cotillard stepped into the Best Actress category for the Dardenne Brothers’s Two Days, One Night. But what about the films that didn’t make the cut, how did those fall to the wayside, and what does that mean?

This year showed a truly alarming lack of diversity in the nominees, disregarding female filmmakers and actors of color and merit. Ava DuVernay’s Selma was the only Best Picture contender not to receive a single acting nomination (a huge surprise in light of David Oyelowo’s incredible performance in the film), nor did DuVernay make it onto the Best Director list. Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights one of the most intelligent and honest films of the last year but failed to garner attention from the Academy aside from Best Original Song. Angelina Jolie’s name was not announced once this morning for her drama Unbrokenand Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn did not make it onto the male-centric list for Best Adapted Screenplay.

So as we reflect on this morning’s decisions and what they mean about the future of film and the type of work that is appreciated and can be given a future in our current Hollywood system, let’s take a moment to celebrate the directorial work and performances we loved that were not nominated for an Oscar this morning–from the best of independent cinema to snubbed contenders.



Ava DuVernay, Selma
James Gray, The Immigrant 
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights 
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alain Guiraudie, Stranger by the Lake
Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure
Jean-Luc Godard, Goodbye to Language
Xavier Dolan, Mommy
Angelina Jolie, Broken
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardienne, Two Days, One Night
Philippe Garrel, Jealousy
Hirokazu Koreeda, Like Father, Like Son
Arnuad Desplechin, Jimmy P
Lars von Trier, Nymphomaniac



Joaquin Phoenix, The Immigrant 
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

David Oyelowo, Selma
Benecio Del Toro, Jimmy P
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Miles Teller, Whiplash
Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher
Chadwick Boseman, Get On Up
Mathieu Amalric, Jimmy P
Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
Oscar Isaac, A Most Violent Year
Jack O’ Connell, Unbroken



Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Anne Dorval, Mommy

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Beyond the Lights
Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive
Elizabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
Uma Therman, Nymphomaniac
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Essie Davis, The Babadook
Minnie Driver, Beyond the Lights
Jessica Chastain, Interstellar
Stacy Martin, Nymphomaniac
Suzanne Clement, Mommy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes