Journalists React to Lack of Ridley Scott Best Director Nomination

It's this year's biggest Oscars shocker.

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.

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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.