Hanks for nothing! 'Captain Phillips' star among Oscar's top snubs

Image: Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips." Sony/Columbia Pictures
Tom Hanks received critical raves for his turn in "Captain Phillips."

No Tom Hanks? Or Emma Thompson? Or Oprah? As the Oscar nominations were revealed Thursday morning, critics declared the #Snubpocalypse on Twitter.

The Academy of Arts and Sciences indeed delivered a few nomination wallops, but leaving out Oscar favorite Hanks for best actor after he riveted in "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" this year? That calls for an announcement do-over. Critics were stunned as the Academy declared it preferred method actor Christian Bale of “American Hustle” and Leonardo DiCaprio, who has inspired both love and hate for his performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street" over Hanks.

Bale and DiCaprio join Golden Globe winner Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), and Bruce Dern of “Nebraska”). Although some critics were spot-on in predicting that the Academy would choose between Dern or Robert Redford — and not honor both — others were surprised that Redford was not nominated for his almost silent role in “All is Lost.” 

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    2014 Oscar nominations

    In a year of great movies, "American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Her" all received nominations. See which other films and performances were recognized.

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    "American Hustle" received 10 nominations, including best leading and supporting actors and actresses, best picture and best director.
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    "Gravity," which stars Sandra Bullock, earned ten nominations, including best picture, best actress, and best director.
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    "12 Years a Slave," starring Michael Fassbender, left, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, earned nine nominations, including best picture, director, and lead and supporting actors.
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    "Captain Phillips," which stars Tom Hanks, earned six nominations, including best picture and best supporting actor for Barkhad Abdi.
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    "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, earned four nominations, including best picture and best actress for Dench.
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    Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" earned three nominations, including lead and supporting actresses.
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    "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, scored six nominations, including best actor and supporting actress, and best picture.
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    "Dallas Buyers Club," starring Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, earned six nods, including best picture and both actor categories.
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    'Her,' starring Joaquin Phoenix, earned five nods, including best picture and music.
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    "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, earned five nominations, including leading and supporting actors, best picture and director.
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    Bruce Dern earned a best actor nod for his portrayal of Woody Grant in "Nebraska." The film is about an alcoholic dad who goes to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a lottery prize.
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    Matthew McConaughey stars in "Dallas Buyers Club" as Ron Woodroof, an AIDS patient who helps smuggle medication across the US-Mexico border to help others who have the disease. McConaughey is nominated for best actor.
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    Amy Adams, who plays con artist Sydney Prosser artist in "American Hustle," earned a best actress nod.
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    Cate Blanchett plays socialite Jasmine in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." She earned an Oscar nomination for best actress.
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    Judi Dench plays the title role in "Philomena," about a woman's search for the son she was forced to give away. The star earned a best actress nod.
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    Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep portray a strong-willed mother-daughter pair in "August: Osage County." Streep received a best actress nod, and Roberts supporting actress.
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    Chiwetel Ejiofor, left, plays a free man who is sold into slavery, and Michael Fassbender is the cruel slave owner Edwin Epps in "12 Years a Slave." Ejiofor earned a best actor nod, and Fassbender for supporting actor.
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    Lupita Nyong'o plays abused slave Patsey in "12 Years a Slave." She was nominated for supporting actress.
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    Barkhad Abdi was nominated for supporting actor for his portrayal of the pirate Muse in "Captain Phillips." It was the film's only acting nomination.
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    Bradley Cooper earned a supporting actor nod for his portrayal of FBI agent Richie DiMaso in "American Hustle."
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    Jennifer Lawrence earned a supporting actress nod for her portrayal of Rosalyn Rosenfeld in "American Hustle."
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    Leonardo DiCaprio earned a best actor nod for his portrayal of stockbroker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
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    Jared Leto earned a supporting actor nomination for his portrayal of transgender woman Rayon, who has AIDS, in "Dallas Buyers Club."
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Thompson, who co-starred in “Saving Mr. Banks” with Hanks, was considered a shoo-in for her portrayal of “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers in the best actress category. Critics believed she could have even edged out Meryl Streep, who picked up her 18th nomination for “August: Osage County.”

Oprah, who was left out of the Golden Globes race for supporting actress for her portrayal of a long-suffering butler's wife in "The Butler," also was rejected by the Academy. Critics believed Oprah's popularity coupled with the fact that she managed to make audiences forget who she is when she inhabited her character, Gloria, would earn the talk show queen her second Oscar nomination. (Her first was for "The Color Purple" in 1985).

One person's snub was Jonah Hill's gain. To the surprise of many, Hill was recognized by the Academy for his supporting role in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Hill, who was not nominated for a Globe, was stopped by a fan on his way to his seat Sunday and offered encouraging words: “You were so great,” she told Hill. “I know it’s coming.”

She was right. Hill nabbed the film industry’s most prestigious supporting actor nod honor alongside Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”). Hill was nominated in 2011 for his supporting role in "Moneyball."

Although the Academy allows for up to 10 nominees for best picture, nine movies made the cut this year, leaving out the Coen brothers "Inside Llewyn Davis," a critical darling. As expected, the nominees included: Golden Globe winner “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,“ "Captain Phillips," “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Nebraska,” “Her,” and “Philomena."

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