You can almost predict who will get screwed out of Oscar Noms from year to year these days. It came as no surprise that Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Murray were cheated yet again. A surprise snub this year is Ben Afflect for Best Director after the incredble job he did on Argo.
So why do deserving people get snubbed from Oscar Noms regularly? Ask Val Kilmer ('Doc Holiday in Tombstone) or Jim Carrey (Man on the Moon, Truman Show), both never nominated. Did they not rub elbows enough at the soul-crushingly shallow Hollywood get togethers and self-serving fundraisers? Did they not adopt enough foreign children? Who knows.
Let's first examine Bill Murray's case... He portrayed FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson with an incredible unique and quirky boldness that should not have been ignored. But it's no secret that the Academy is not amused by originally comedic actors turning to dramatic roles, no matter how incredible the performance.
Murray was nominated for Lost in Translation but did not win in 2003, and many felt he should have been nominated for his performances in The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Rushmore, and Get Low. The visible truth is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is made up of a bunch of old, pretentious flakes who are as terrified of laughing as the town in Footloose was of dancing. If a project is not a long, drawn out, artsy, uber-liberal social commentary with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep smelling each other's farts, they lose interest.
Now for Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained... With people speaking out against Django such as the super talented and non racist Spike Lee (sarcasm), the Academy was scared to nominate the actor who portrayed a slave owner (Calvin Candie) that regularly used the N word in this movie. DiCaprio was famously screwed out of a nomination for his breakthrough performance in Titantic as well. One could argue he also deserved a nom for Catch Me if You Can.
They instead stuck to nominating Django only for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Quentin Tarantino was only nominated for writing the script and not directing, because of the heat surrounding the use of the N word as well. Obvious childlike political correctness stood in the way of the film gaining the two additional nominations.
It would be a real shame to live in a world where the most talented are awarded and not those who are best at giving the flakes what they want.