Dear Academy, here are the people you forgot on your Oscar nominee list.

Another year, and another award season is upon us. Already it has managed to snub some of the best performances on the big screen from the past 12 months.

First, it was the Golden Globes conveniently placing The Martian in the ‘comedy or musical’ category, in which Matt Damon won the Best Actor in the category and the movie won best film.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel rip into Matt Damon for his win below, post continues after video.

Now, as the world wakes up to find out which creative folk have been named as the nominees for the most ~prestigious~ award show, we can’t help but notice a few great performances have been overlooked:

1. Jacob Tremblay, Room

If you haven’t seen Room yet please stop what you’re doing, find your nearest theatre and watch it. One of the best films of the year (if not the best), Room is carried by its two lead actors Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay who play the mother and son held captive in a room.

Watch the trailer for Room below. Post continues after video.

Video via A24

While Brie Larson has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, her seven-year-old co-star has been overlooked. Tremblay’s performance in the film was one of the best we’ve seen from a child actor in years.

2. Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino in The Hateful Eight. Image: Youtube.

While Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Tarantino and his film were shunted from the Best Picture. Best Director and Best Screenplay categories.

3. Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation. Image: Youtube.

It's important to note this is the second year in a row the actors and actresses nominated have been all white, last year was the first time this had happened since 1997. By failing to give Idris Elba a nomination for his performance in Netflix's Beasts of No Nation, the Academy have made it clear they are unwilling to embrace Netflix as a new platform for film release. It also raises questions over nomination lists because despite there being worthy contenders, the Academy has not included a single person of colour in the 20 actors and actresses in the running for an Oscar.


3. Helen Mirren, Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold, Image: Youtube.

Mirren won the Best Actress award in 2007 for her role as Queen Elizabeth ll in The Queen, yet her Woman in Gold performance has been overlooked by the Academy. (Not by the Screen Actors Guild, though, nice one guys).

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Image: Youtube.

The highly-anticipated latest installment of the Star Wars saga has been breaking box office records, yet the hype it has created has only resulted in nominations in five technical categories. The highbrow Academy members snubbed the film for the expanded Best Picture category and Best Director for J.J. Abrams.

5. Straight Outta Compton

Image: Youtube.

This biographical film was at the top of many lists to be a contender for Best Picture this year, with positive critical and commercial success and a number of award nominations already. Jamie Foxx made a scene about the film, which is about hip hop group N.W.A, at the Golden Globe awards earlier this week, as he felt is deserved more recognition.

6. Will Smith, Concussion

Will Smith in Concussion. Image: Youtube.

Concussion is hands down one of Will Smith's best bodies of work. He earned some of the best reviews of his career in this film where he played real-life doctor Dr. Bennet Omalu, who fought against the National Football League when they attempted to suppress his research on the high-risk of brain damage faced by football players.

7. Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Amy Schumer in Trainwreck. Image: Youtube.

Yes, I agree it may be a little far-fetched to think the Academy would have nominated 2015's break-out star, Amy Schumer, for her role in Trainwreck, but you've got to admit Schumer was pretty spectacular in the film she wrote and starred in. Plus, it was also one of the highest grossing films for 2015.


You can find the full list of Oscar nominations below. (I've bolded my picks, let me know if you agree in the comments below).

Best Motion Picture:

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant



Best Actor:

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress:

Brie Larson, Room

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years

Best Supporting Actress:

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor:

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies


Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Director:

Adam McKay, The Big Short

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson, Room

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Animated Film:


Boy and the World

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature:


Cartel Land

What Happened, Miss Simone?

The Look of Silence

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Sound Editing:

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design:



The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Best Sounds Mixing:

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Original Song:

Earned It

Manta Ray

Simple Song No. 3

Till It Happens to You

Writing’s on the Wall