How is an “Oscar snub” different from a movie just not making the cut for nomination? Who decides if it was a snub or not? Is it subjective?

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How is an “Oscar snub” different from a movie just not making the cut for nomination? Who decides if it was a snub or not? Is it subjective?

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100% the writer of the article’s opinion. Others may share that view but it’s all subjective opinion. As is any award that isn’t based on hard facts like tickets sales or home runs, etc.

It’s totally subjective, elaborate, and expensive. Jockeying for Oscar position can begin years before a movie is even released. Notable studios, producers, directors, writers, or actors can create “Oscar buzz” by mere rumor or suggestion, and fans and critics are ever-vigilant. But … such treatment only applies to a select few of all movies released, so failing to nominate a “non-buzzy” movie isn’t a snub; on the flip side, there’s always room for one or two “dark horse” contenders to slip in to the mix … but not much room.