2014 Oscar nominations: Richard Roeper on the smart calls and the snubs
When I exited a screening of “Captain Phillips” last fall, I was dead certain of one thing: Tom Hanks would receive a Best Actor nomination for the best work he’s done since his twin Oscar wins in the mid-1990s.
So much for a sure thing.
The biggest shock Thursday morning was the absence of Hanks’ name when the Best Actor nominations were announced, with Christian Bale’s work in “American Hustle” the presumed nominee that bumped Hanks from the list. I LOVED Bale’s performance in my favorite movie of 2013, but it was still quite the stunner.
Robert Redford’s magnificent work in “All Is Lost” was also missing from the Best Actor roster in one of the most competitive years in the last couple of decades. It’s hard to argue against any of the five candidates that DID make the list, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern and Leonardo DiCaprio joining Bale…