So, one of my top 5 favorite things to do in the world is to complain about the Academy and their decisions to nominate (or lack thereof) certain films or people compete for their prestigious awards. Here is my own personal list of who I felt could have been included in this year's race. Many of these are widely known across the Oscarverse as snubs, while some of them may not be as agreed upon. I know I'm a little late on the snub post, but better late than never I guess.
Snub: Skyfall...although this is the first year in forever where I actually like all of the Best Picture nominees, I do think that there is room for, in my opinion, one of the top Bond films of all time, as well as one of the best films of the year.
Who It Should Replace: Well, since there are only 9 nominees and the cap is 10, it could fit on without any of the current ones being taken off. But if you had to take one off, it could probably be Amour.
Honorable Mention: Robot & Frank and Seven Psychopaths should have at least been talked about a little bit more.
Snub: John Hawkes in The Sessions. I would also make a case for Tom Hardy in Lawless.
Who He Should Replace: Denzel Washington in Flight. Although Denzel's performance was great, Hawkes' was career-defining and so much more convincing. In such a great year for leading actor performances, it's hard to place Denzel above a handfull others who, in my opinion, should be there instead.
Honorable Mention: Tom Hardy in Lawless, Richard Gere in Arbitrage, Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock, Bill Murray in Hyde Park on Hudson, and several others....This is the reason why I've always felt that the Best Actor category should be like the Best Picture category and have between 5 and 10 nominees depending on the vote percentage.
Snub: Helen Mirren in Hitchcock AND Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
Who They Should Replace: Naomi Watts in The Impossible, and Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Best Supporting Actor
Snub: Javier Bardem in Skyfall, and Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained.
Who They Should Replace: Alan Arkin in Argo, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master.
Honorable Mention: Dwight Henry in Beasts of the Southern Wild, and I'll probably get shunned for saying this, but I think Giovanni Ribisi would have been an interesting candidate for his role in Ted. Yeah, sure, he probably shouldn't have gotten nominated over these others, but he should have at least been talked about in contention.
Best Supporting Actress
Snub: Any one that's not Amy Adams in The Master
Who They Should Replace: Amy Adams in The Master. I still have no idea how she got nominated.
Snub: Ben Affleck for Argo, AND Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Who They Should Replace: Michael Haneke for Amour, and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Honorable Mention: Tom Hooper for Les Miserables. I don't think Kathryn Bigelow should be here, despite popular belief.
Best Animated Feature
Snub: Rise of the Guardians...much reminiscent of last year's Arthur Christmas, which was also a Christmas film and failed to get nominated.
Who It Should Replace: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Best Foreign Language Film
Snub: The Intouchables
Who It Should Replace: A Royal Affair
Best Original Screenplay
Snub: Looper AND Seven Psychopaths
Who They Should Replace: Moonrise Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty
Best Adapted Screenplay
Snub: There are a few screenplays, such as The Sessions, or The Hobbit, or The Dark Knight Rises, or even The Avengers that could be considered here, but I'm not sure that I would be able to replace any of the existing nominees.
Who They Should Replace: If I had to choose, I would pick Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Best Original Score
Snub: Cloud Atlas or Beasts of the Southern Wild
Who It Should Replace: Anna Karenina
Honorable Mention: The Hobbit
Snub: Cloud Atlas for Production Design, to replace The Hobbit
Snub: The Dark Knight Rises for Sound Editing, to replace Argo