The Academy was just not feeling the Disney spirit with no love for 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Walt Disney is in the Academy Awards mix with the popular musical Frozen. Just not Walt Disney himself.
A lack of Oscar love for Saving Mr. Banks was just one of many surprises in Thursday morning's Academy Awards announcements. Those who got nods will see if they won on March 2 when the ceremony is broadcast live on ABC and hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Here are 10 snubs and shockers worth noting in this year's Academy Awards crop:
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Saving Mr. Banks. Seemingly perfect Oscar fodder, the movie about the making of Mary Poppins was left off the best-picture list — which only had nine nominees and not the max 10.
Emma Thompson. The perennially acclaimed actress garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Poppins scribe P.L. Travers, but no such luck at the Oscars — a bit of an upset but not too much of one since it's a strong category with favorite Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.
Robert Redford. The best-actor category was filled with quite a few potentially worthy contenders — including Idris Elba in Mandela and Forest Whitaker from Lee Daniels' The Butler — but the shocker is no Redford after his harrowing, sea-faring All Is Lost performance.
Tom Hanks. How stacked was the list of best-actor possibilities? Hanks had not one but two chances — as Walt Disney himself in Saving Mr. Banks and the title hero of Captain Phillips — to make his way in, but was still shut out.
Oprah Winfrey. When The Butler first opened in theaters, many thought Winfrey was a shoo-in. Now? No Golden Globe nod and no chance for Oscar glory.
Inside Llewyn Davis. Again, with no full slate of picture nominees, Oscar Isaac's Llewyn Davis was left out in the cold with his cat. What may be more surprising: No appearances in the category for original song by one of the Coen brothers movie's catchy numbers.
Joaquin Phoenix. A critical darling, the sci-fi romance Her didn't connect with voters when it came to individual efforts. Spike Jonze was left off the director list (though he did get a nod for original screenplay, which he won at the Golden Globes) but the bigger snub was Phoenix not making the cut for best actor for his nerd in virtual love.
James Gandolfini. With SAG and Golden Globes nominations for his final role in Enough Said, many expected the actor (who died last summer) to get a posthumous honor in the supporting-actor category á la Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. But Gandolfini's spot probably went to…
Jonah Hill. Playing a newbie to the drug-fueled high life in The Wolf of Wall Street led to a second Oscar nod for Hill — his first was in the supporting category for Moneyball two years ago. Without a SAG or Golden Globe nomination, Hill likely rode the wave of Oscar support for Wolf: Leonardo DiCaprio squeaked into the best-actor race, and Martin Scorsese captured his eighth nomination in the directing category.
Monsters University. It doesn't happen often but Pixar was shut out of the category for best animated feature, which it has owned over the years. Instead of Sulley and Mike Wazowski repeating Oscar glory — the original Monsters Inc. won for best song in 2002 — Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's final film The Wind Rises scored a nomination, as did the real surprise of the bunch, the Belgian-French film Ernest & Celestine.