“Selma” leads list of surprising Oscars snubs

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Break out the first aid kit, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences inflicted a whole lot of burns Thursday.

While films like “Birdman,” “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” scooped up buckets of nods, these acclaimed contenders got left in the cold — at least, as cold as it gets in Hollywood.

“Selma”: It got a nod for original song and did squeeze out a best picture nomination. But Ava DuVernay didn't get nominated for director, and David Oyelowo, regarded by many as having given the best performance of the year for his turn as Martin Luther King Jr., was nowhere to be found amid a strong list of actors.

Clint Eastwood: The director's war drama “American Sniper” landed a Director's Guild nomination and a National Board of Review win. And Oscar voters gave it screenplay, actor and picture nominations. But when it came to director, they held off on Eastwood and instead went with “Foxcatcher's” Bennett Miller.

Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston: Adams is a perpetual Oscar favorite. Aniston is a Hollywood darling. Neither ended up in a thin field for best actress. Instead, Marion Cotillard, in the French-language drama “Two Days, One Night,” got the nod.

Steve James: James earned one of the most famous Oscar snubs in 1995 when his seminal “Hoop Dreams” didn't make the short list. He can claim the dubious honor once more after “Life Itself,” his poignant documentary about Roger Ebert, was shut out despite being tipped as a favorite.

“The Lego Movie”: It has won a host of critics' and other groups' awards. Yet the film's meta humor didn't come through for Oscar voters, as the movie didn't end up amid the five slots for animated film. Still, co-director Phil Lord wins the award for best reaction to an Oscar snub.

“It's okay. Made my own!,” he tweeted Thursday, next to a picture of an Oscar statuette crafted entirely from Legos.

QUICK TAKES

A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free after the R&B singer traveled without approval to a concert in San Jose last week where five people were shot. Brown, who is on probation for assaulting Rihanna in 2009, also failed to complete community service on time. … Caesars Palace says Mariah Carey will open a series of shows May 16 in Las Vegas. … TMZ says “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel is developing a brand of Skinnygirl marijuana that will not induce the munchies.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Model Kate Moss is 41. … Singer Sade is 56. … Actress Debbie Allen (“Fame”) is 65. …. Singer Barbara Lynn is 73. — Staff, wire report

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