A stellar year for actors and films with Sacramento connections was not reflected in Thursday’s Academy Award nominations.
Former Sacramento State student Tom Hanks once appeared a lock for a lead-actor nomination for his performance as the captain of a hijacked merchant ship in “Captain Phillips.” Hanks received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, often key Oscar predictors. But although “Phillips” was nominated Thursday for best picture, Hanks did not receive a nomination.
Nor did St. Francis High School graduate Greta Gerwig, who had been nominated for a Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her winning turn as a foundering dancing apprentice in “Frances Ha,” which was shot partly in Sacramento. A nod for Gerwig in a best-actress field crowded with bigger stars from higher-budgeted movies was considered a long-shot but still a shot.
So was a possible lead actress nod for Brie Larson, former Elk Grove resident and the subject of rapturous critical praise for her role as a youth-home worker in “Short Term 12.”
Also omitted was Sacramento State graduate Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” which won the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury and Audience awards a year ago and was released in theaters in July to great critical praise. A look at the last day in the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), the unarmed East Bay man shot and killed in 2009 by a BART police officer, “Station” made many critics’ top-10 lists and is up for three Independent Spirit Awards, including the award for best first feature.
Larson will vie for the lead-actress Spirit Award, and “Frances Ha,” co-written by Gerwig, is up for best feature.
The Independent Spirit Awards will air on IFC March 1, a day before the Academy Awards air on ABC.
Here’s a replay of The Bee’s online chat about all the Oscar nominations from earlier today.
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