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Top 15 Actors & Movies Snubbed by the Oscar Noms

The Oscars often cause drama as much as they award it—with snubs of actors and movies galore. Here are some of the best films of the year, and some of the most incredible talent, that went unheralded by the Academy.

Idris Elba

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As a star of Beasts of No Nation, many thought the actor would be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Unfortunately, the Academy overlooked his performance. It has been one of the most talked-about surprises since the Oscar noms were announced.

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Creed

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This film, starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, was not nominated for Best Picture despite its wild popularity. The movie tells the story of Adonis Johnson, who was trained by Rocky Balboa.

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Michael B. Jordan

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For his role in Creed, many feel as though Michael B. Jordan deserved a nomination in the category of Best Actor. Although he has been in quite a few other films, Creed was really a standout role for Jordan, who portrayed Adonis Johnson.

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Inside Out

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Sure, maybe a Disney movie doesn't seem Oscar-worthy, but Inside Out was pretty amazing. The film tells the story of a young girl's emotions as she battles depression after her family moves to a new town.

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Will Smith

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Surprisingly, the Academy failed to recognize Will Smith's role in Concussion. The actor and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, have decided to boycott the Oscars because of this—and because they feel that black actors weren't properly recognized this year.

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Tom Hardy

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The handsome actor gained tons of praise for his role in Mad Max, but obviously fell short of an Oscar nom this year in the eyes of the Academy's voters.

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Minions

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While Minions may have not lived up to Despicable Me standards, the animated film was popular and many thought it would have been nominated for Best Animated Feature. Unfortunately, however, the movie fell short of Academy-level expectations.

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Straight Outta Compton

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Ice Cube and Dr. Dre helped revolutionize hip-hop, and this bio-pic tells their story. Many people were disappointed when it wasn't nominated for Best Picture.

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Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp did an incredible portrayal of Whitey Bulger in Black Mass; he completely changed his appearance and did nothing but perfect the crime boss's character. The Academy, however, didn't feel as though he was worthy of a Best Actor nomination.

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Charlize Theron

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The actress was brilliant in Mad Max but didn't receive an Oscar nom. Alongside Tom Hardy, Theron finds herself on the non-nom list in 2016.

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Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer may be the new girl on the block, but Trainwreck was easily one of the best comedies of 2015. The comedian-turned-actress didn't hear her name called for Best Original Screenplay, however, when the Oscar nominations were announced.

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Joy

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Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in the film, which was also nominated for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. Joy was not nominated for an Academy Award though.

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See You Again

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The touching song featured in Furious 7 was not nominated for Best Song despite its immense popularity. The song was a tribute to the late Paul Walker and one of the biggest singles of 2015.

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Ridley Scott

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Ridley Scott directed The Martian, starring Matt Damon. Despite the film's success (which many attribute to brilliant directing), Scott was not nominated for Best Director.

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Quentin Tarantino

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Talk about a snub! Quentin Tarantino wasn't nominated for Best Director for The Hateful Eight. The Academy didn't recognize the film for Best Picture either. Although all of Tarantino's movies aren't hits, many thought this one would have earned at least a nomination in some category.

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