The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards have now been announced. As usual, this has instantly triggered a variety of debates and arguments over who deserves to have been included in the fold and the downright despicable omissions that have left moviegoers on the brink of falling out of love with cinema.

And while there are actually a number of surprising choices across the board from the Academy this year, arguably the most divisive category is Best Director. In this field, The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Wes Anderson, Birdman’s Alejandro G. Inarritu, Boyhood’s Richard Linklater, Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller and The Imitation Game’s Morten Tyldum have each been nominated. However, there were a whole host of other filmmakers who probably deserved to be recognized. And now is the time to pay them their due. So here are 5 directors who totally got screwed over by their lack of an Oscar nomination.

Ava DuVernay: Selma
Selma was one of the last great films to be released in 2014. And even though it only started to creep into cinemas on Christmas Day it still managed to create quite a stir upon its release. However the Academy wasn’t quite as enamored with the historical epic. Not only did David Owyelowo fail to get a best acting nomination, but even more shockingly, Ava DuVernay was omitted from the best director category, as well. Ava DuVernay’s timely biopic delicately wove together different perspectives from this integral event to create a vivid yet complex view. Yes, there has been controversy over the depiction of Lyndon B. Johnson, but that shouldn’t eclipse the supreme poise and control she showed directing the film. In fact, her omission sadly leads you to think that slight sexism or even racism might have been at play. Fingers crossed for all our sakes that the Academy wouldn’t stoop so low. Instead, they just made a massive oversight.

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