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Oscar Nominations: Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Mandela, Fruitvale Station Snubbed

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On Thursday morning, the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced and there was one huge snub that shocked movie critics world wide … Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Not only was the civil rights biopic not acknowledged for “best picture,” but the film’s actors were snubbed as well. Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, two actors who critics were sure would be nominated for their outstanding roles in the drama, were completely shut down by the Academy.

Among some of the other films that received no love, Michael B. Jordan’s Fruitvale Station and Idris Elba’s, Mandela.

“2013 turned out to be a great year in Black cinema, it faded away,” film critic, Shawn Edwards told HipHollywood. “Part of the reason why the movies got snubbed is because there’s not enough Black people voting, the ratio is still off. The majority of the voters don’t like Black films.”

Edwards, the pride and joy of Kansas City then posed this question. “How do you have the greatest year ever in Black film, but none of these movies got nominated?” (Of course with the exception of 12 Years a Slave)

The nine films nominated for best picture were: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

The Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and will air Sunday March 2, on ABC.

Sound off: Are you surprised with some of this years snubs?

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