2012 Academy Awards – Oscars Live Updates

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Feb 26th, 2012
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Oscar statues line the red carpet in anticipation of the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The Oscars will be held later in the day. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

The 84th Annual Academy Awards get underway Sunday night in Los Angeles. And while big names like Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, and Brad Pitt are all back on the Oscar ballots, there have been many notable snubs that have left movie lovers outraged.

Although some actors have become synonymous with Oscar wins, names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter O’ Toole (although nominated, only has one win), and six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close have had a hard time earning a coveted Academy Award.

Despite the fact that there can only be one Oscar winner in each category at the 84th Academy Awards, a variety of deserving names were left off of this year’s ballots.

The lights are set to illuminate Oscar statues at the entrance to the Kodak Theatre as preparation continues for the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. The Oscars will be held later in the day. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

With the 84th Academy Awards about to begin, here are our picks for the worst Oscar snubs of 2012:

Michael Fassbender in Shame for Best Actor:

Michael Fassbender gave one of the most poignant performances of any actor this past year when Fassbender portrayed Brandon Sullivan in Shame, a man so fraught by loneliness and sex addiction that even simple compassion was out of reach. Although the film’s NC-17 rating likely pushed Michael Fassbender out of Oscar contention, it was Fassbender’s best performance of his career.

It’s a shame, too, since Fassbender’s performance likely would have been enough to get a nomination in past decades.

Tintin for Best Animated Feature

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Tintin was brilliant! There’s really no explanation for this snub other than Tintin came too late in the season. Tintin turned out to be visually stunning with ground-breaking 3-D animation and cinematography. Sure Tintin wasn’t an original story like Rango, but it’s going to be hard to watch this category come Oscar time knowing that the best animated film wasn’t even nominated.

Albert Brooks in Drive for Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks’ supporting role in Drive was the perfect character foil to Ryan Gosling’s silent, brooding Driver. Brooks delivered a gritty performance as mob boss Bernie Rose, the type of guy you want to hate but kind of like because of his honest but brutal approach.

Albert Brooks is awesome in almost everything he does on screen, including his small screen role on Weeds. Albert, we love you! Sorry you didn’t get the Oscar nod.

Bridesmaids for Everything

Yes, we know it’s a comedy. We also know that comedies have been a tough sell come Oscar time. But last year’s summer hit Bridesmaids should have been the comedy that turned the tide. Melissa McCarthy gave one of the most memorable performances of any woman on film in 2011. Although each individual performance in Bridesmaids didn’t deserve an Oscar, Bridesmaids should have been nominated for Best Picture.

What makes it worse is that nine films were nominated for Best Picture and Bridesmaids could have been tenth to make it an even number in the Oscar category. Boo!

Will Reiser and 50/50 for Best Original Screenplay

Although we made the comedy point with Bridesmaids above, 50/50 was so much more on so many dramatic levels. For 50/50, screenwriter Will Reiser based the story on his personal experiences of fighting cancer. That very originality and humanity was felt throughout the film. Reiser captured the very real experience of a cancer patient and his best friend without too many cliches or cheesy, best friend fodder.

In 50/50, Seth Rogen’s comedy through awkward, insecurity only added to the gravity of the drama. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was amazing. How (or why) Will Reiser got overlooked at the Oscars is beyond us.

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