Before this morning’s announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominees, more than a few Oscar prognosticators had Ridley Scott finally winning a Best Director prize for The Martian. He’s nominated at the DGA end this year for the brilliant Matt Damon film, and was also in the running at the Golden Globes; but he has never won that particular little gold guy. The 78-year-old Brit has been nominated in the past in the Best Director Oscar category for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.
This morning, no Best Director nomination. Scott was most definitely robbed. This sort of omission happens every year at the Oscars, to more than a few worthy nominees. Some suggest it’s a simple matter of mathematics; but those paid to analyze these sorts of things will be theorizing for days to come.
One thing is for sure. The list of AMPAS “snubbees” who have also been knighted by a British monarch is relatively small.
The Academy always snubs comedy directors. That explains Ridley Scott. At least that’s what I’ve been told.
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) January 14, 2016
Wow. Ridley Scott snub is shocking.
— nina gregory (@ninaberries) January 14, 2016
Ridley Scott’s Oscar omission is a shocker. Room’s Lenny Abrahamson got his spot. Academy directors often throw foreign nominee in there.
— Anne Thompson (@akstanwyck) January 14, 2016
Did Ridley Scott pee in the Academy’s cornflakes or something?
— Alex Moss (@AlexanderJMoss) January 14, 2016
The only major surprise of the entire announcement is no Ridley Scott, pushed out by Lenny Abrahmson.
— David Poland (@DavidPoland) January 14, 2016