Oscar Nominations: Where They Are And Where They’ve Been

And look how far they?ve come.

Award shows are so fickle. Each one provides a 2-hour period for me to sit on my couch in my sweats, elbow deep in popcorn, ooh-ing and aah-ing at the celebrities and secretly hoping someone will trip (I guess it?s not so secret now). Besides enjoying the awards for my own selfish reasons like being able to overindulge guilt-free, they’re the best way to celebrate the actors, writers and directors who were a part of the incredible films brought to us this year.

Last week, the Oscar nominations were announced (and mispronounced, courtesy of this slip of the tongue) and everyone from the likes of Bradley Cooper to Meryl Streep (of course) were on the list of prospective winners. The nominees are full of talent and films with colourful characters, inspiring and thought provoking storylines, and memorable performances.

All that aside, the Academy’s receiving quite a bit of heat for the painfully obvious lack of diversity throughout the nominations. Get ready for this (only somewhat surprising) fact: for the first time in 19 years, every last nominee in the acting category is white. It?s more than disappointing, especially since there were so many great actors and leaders that should have gotten more recognition.

Cue the Oscar snubs mini rant.

Let?s be serious. Selma lead actor David Oyelowo?s performance was revolutionary?it was a shock he wasn?t named as one of the leading men running for Best Actor. It was also a disappointment to many to learn that Selma director Ava DuVernay wasn?t recognized for her work on the Martin Luther King Jr. film. And then there?s Jennifer Aniston’s snub for her role in Cake, but that?s a whole other story.

And I went off topic.

There were a ton of fantastic movies that came out last year (that feels weird to say) with great actors and actresses that were a big part of their success. Taking a look at the nominees, it?s hard to believe that some of them had their start in romantic comedies and films drenched in slapstick humour. Remember Bradley Cooper as the douche bad guy in Wedding Crashers alongside comedy heroes Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn? Or supporting actress nominee Emma Stone as the sober party girl in Superbad and badass zombie hunter in Zombieland?

I think that?s the great thing about the Oscars: they celebrate the actors and actresses who have continued to develop and improve their craft, taking them beyond the roles they may have once been typecast in. They don’t exactly show you just how far these people have come, however. You’ve all heard the saying, “You can’t understand how far you’ve come until you can appreciate where you’ve been” (or something like that). But it’s true?so let us help you do just that!

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