Best Actor - Ryan Gosling in Blue ValentineWas it fair that Michelle Williams got that coveted nomination, when her counterpart who was there every step of the way did not? No. It wasn't. 2010 was a stacked year, arguably the most competitive so Gosling was shut out, but I truly felt he deserved a place.
Best Actress - Adepero Oduye in PariahI realize no one saw this movie so it was never on anyone's radar but Oduye is so devastatingly good and was Albert Nobbs really more Oscar Worthy than this? No.
Best Actor - Michael Fassbender in ShameThe only excuse for his lack of nomination was that there must be a lot of tiny dicked Academy voters that were intimated but the glorious full frontal nudity we got in this film.
Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix in HerThis is my favorite performance of Phoenix's and they somehow ignored it.
Best Actress - Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About KevinShe was so close! I love Swinton in this role and it's still one of her best
Like Swinton, he was perfect in this. This was Miller's first "big" film and he'd go on to give other wonderful performances but he was such a force here. Ezra made Kevin more than just a creepy kid.
Best Actress - Brie Larson in Short Term 12Room was Brie's big break out but I'm always over here screaming "BUT DID YOU SEE SHORT TERM 12?" I love this movie and I thought she was wonderful in it. I love her in Room too, but this is what I wish she had her Oscar for.
Best Actor - Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale StationThe 2014 Oscars had 4 very good performances and Bradley Cooper in American Sniper. Yet Michael B. Jordan was over here giving a very powerful performance in the important Fruitvale Station and was getting ignored. *heavy sigh*
Best Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler*phew* Does everyone here remember the massive fit I threw on Twitter about this? I'm still not over it, to be honest. There are so many egregious errors the Academy makes and this one will always be towards the top. HOW did he not get nominated? How?
Best Supporting Actor - Payman Maadi in Camp X-RayI'm part of the problem here because I didn't get to see Camp X-Ray until it hit DVD but this is one of the most moving films I've ever seen and it made me fall in love with Payman's work, when I had only been familiar with him in A Separation before. I can't describe how good he is here.
Best Actor - Abraham Attah in Beasts of No NationIdris Elba was the center of a lot of awards talk for his film, but I always felt it should've been Attah. This was his first performance and he was so convincing. I hate that the Best Actor category always ignores kids.
Best Supporting Actor - Paul Dano in Love & MercyHis Golden Globe nomination for this role looked promising but once again Paul Dano fell to the wayside. I hope this trend is reversed soon because I've never been here for it.
Best Actor - Jacob Tremblay in RoomI know he was being campaigned for supporting but since we're "what if'ing" here, I'm putting him in the category he belongs in. Not many young children can give a performance like he did, and they should've recognized it.
Best Supporting Actor - Rob Morgan in MudboundI feel like I've complained frequently about Rob Morgan's lack of acknowledgement anywhere but the best chance he had was in Mudbound, which was nominated for a few Oscars and they still slept on him. There is a cast to be made here for Jason Mitchell as well.
Best Actor - Hugh Jackman in LoganYou can nominate and give Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for crawling into a refrigerator and contorting his body but not Hugh Jackman, who starred in a "darker comic book film" that was actually GOOD and gave a heart wrenching performance that was an excellent send off to his established character? Please.
Best Actress - Rebecca Hall in ChristineThe studio that released this film should've pushed it like crazy for awards season and they didn't. Because of that, few people got to see the amazing performance Hall gave and no one is better for it.
Best Actress - Carey Mulligan in WildlifeWildlife in general was so snubbed. Everyone went nuts over Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, but no one paid Paul Dano's less flashy debut any mind. It's sad, especially when Mulligan was so good in it.
Best Supporting Actress - Cynthia Erivo in Bad Times at the El RoyaleWhen I started writing this post, Cynthia hadn't been nominated for an Oscar yet. Now that she's a double nominee, I'm happy she finally has that next to her name, but I still think she should've been nominated for her wonderful turn in this film.
Best Actor - Daveed Diggs in BlindspottingIf you haven't seen Blindspotting, you should. We all let this film down. A summer release that quietly went to DVD only for everyone who missed it to discover just how good and important it was. Daveed was amazing.
Best Actress - Viola Davis in WidowsWidows in general should've gotten way more Oscar love than it did. If there are two people who most certainly should've gotten nominations, Davis was wonderful
Best Supporting Actress - Elizabeth Debicki in WidowsAnd while we're at it, Debicki should've gotten nominated for this too, damn it.