Is Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' The Biggest Oscar Nomination Snub Yet?

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The 87th Academy Award nominations were announced out of Los Angeles on Thursday morning, and my first reaction was: "where the f*** is "Unbroken?"

Thankfully, THANK GOD, cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, The Shawshank Redemption) got a Best Cinematography nomination for his work with "Unbroken." Much of this film's power came from the stark imagery and accurate portrayal of the height of war time in World War II and the unbelievable, perilous journey of protagonist, Louis Zamperini.

"Unbroken's" cinematography was undoubtedly masterful work.

But that's it, Academy? Really? Nothing for Jolie? Even Jack O'Connell? Oh. Oh, no, wait, there it is.

Placed in "Best of the Rest," way at the bottom under... a nomination for... sound design? SOUND MIXING? ARE YOU FLIPPIN' JOKIN' ME?

Of course, this isn't to say these two nominations aren't well deserved.

The diligent work, talent and skill that was surely employed to rear an Oscar-worthy auditory experience should never go unnoticed. However, are respectful nods in sight and sound really all "Unbroken" should be recognized for?

Sure. "Unbroken" wasn't perfect in terms of storytelling, but with only 8 of the 10 slots for a Best Picture filled this year, there is very little excuse for lack of nomination. Speaking of Best Picture noms, let's be real for a second.

Since the addition of five more nominations for Best Picture, the prestige of the award really lost it's flair.

Nowadays, it seems more like a way of honoring the most moving and impacting stories of the year, alongside the two or three obvious runners for the gold.

And if we know the Academy like we know the Academy, whatever will get good audience approval ratings, usually gets the win.

Personally, I stopped taking the Academy all that seriously after the star-studded Pro-American propaganda movie disguised as an attempt at a historical thriller, "Argo," won Best Picture in 2013.

What kind of storytelling needs to justify it's over-the-top, Hollywood-esque portrayal of a true international crisis with the tagline, "The Movie Was Fake.

The Story Was Real"? If a jazzy espionage film made to please the masses can win over the honest, hard-hitting war epic, "Zero Dark Thirty," then "Unbroken" can at least get recognized for it's merit as a dutiful work honoring one of the United States' most respected and inspiring war heroes.

"Unbroken" featured superb acting and an emotionally powerful script, co-written by none other than the Coen Brothers. Yes, yes, I know. It was perhaps, maybe, very slow-moving at times.

(I mean, we get it, they carried coal all day every day). Yet the intentional tedium and attention to detail only emphasized the struggle of the WWII war prisoners whose lives were so aptly portrayed.

The film was at times painful to watch, which made the cathartic moment of the protagonist's triumph all that more powerful.

"Unbroken" is an astounding homage to valor and perseverance in the face of unspeakable pain, and it's authenticity as a story deserves honor.

Actor Jack O'Connell simply astounded as war hero and Olympic runner, Louis Zamperini.

Relatively unknown, O'Connell has acted in only a few other recognizable titles before, such as "300: Rise of an Empire" and the popular British drama, "Skins." Perhaps the Academy considers O'Connell to be too green to compete against the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Games), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) and Michael Keaton (Birdman), but budding stardom never stopped the Academy from nominating child actors like 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis.

Alas, anything for ratings.

AND LET'S TALK ABOUT ANGELINA JOLIE. She did a DAMN good job as a director.

Woman's got some talent! Though a nomination for Best Director at this time, I do believe, would have been a stretch, as this is truly her first well-recognized directing credit, and she could use a few more under her belt to hone her craft.

(Also she'd be up against Wes Anderson, so...) But she's definitely one to keep an eye on for future years.

For this year, let's keep our fingers crossed for Roger Deakins, and pretend like we know "American Sniper" won't win Best Picture.

See "Unbroken" not win an Academy Award it's deserve Sunday, February 22, 2015 on ABC.

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