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Michael Moore Slams ‘Coward’ Snipers as American Sniper Opens in Theaters

Clint Eastwood's latest movie debuted over the weekend to huge financial success and critical acclaim

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore launched a broadside attack on the use of military snipers in warfare to mark the release of the Oscar-nominated movie American Sniper.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie is based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, and received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is projected to take $105.2 million over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Yet Moore remains far from impressed.

A few hours later, however, the Fahrenheit 9/11 director qualified his outburst somewhat.

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Hollywood Reacts To Oscar Snubs at Critics’ Choice Awards

SELMA
Atsushi Nishijima—Paramount Pictures Left to right, foreground: Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., André Holland plays Andrew Young, and Stephan James plays John Lewis in Selma.

Actors, directors and writers talked Oscars on the red-carpet

Two major Hollywood events took place on Thursday: first, the 2015 Academy Award nominees were announced and, later, many of the same actors, directors and producers honored — and snubbed — gathered together on the red carpet of the Critics’ Choice Awards, though the Oscars were clearly at the front of everyone’s thoughts.

Selma’s Carmen Ejogo, who played Coretta Scott King, said in an interview with USA Today, that she wished co-star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay had been nominated. “I would have love to have seen them nominated,” she said. “They should have been, in my opinion.”

When Jessica Chastain, an awards’ favorite who wasn’t nominated for any of her four films this year, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet about the frustrating lack of diversity in Hollywood, she also seemed disappointed about the Selma snubs. “I long to see diversity in things in American cinema,” she said. “Some of my favorite films are foreign films because I know I’m going to get diversity when I see films from all over the world. It’s something that we lack here. Of course this morning it made it poignant. It’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today.”

Meanwhile Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, who adapted her best-selling novel for David Fincher’s film and was widely expected to earn a nomination, said simply, “I thought I’d get one.” But the writer spent more time praising the star of her film, Rosamund Pike, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. “[Her nomination] was so well deserved. I was not remotely surprised. I just knew in my bones that she would have to get it. The amount of work that she did behind the scenes to make that role feel effortless and real and as crazy as it got. She’s just incredible.”

Phil Lord, the director of The Lego Movie, which wasn’t nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, tried to keep it all in perspective. He initially responded to the snub on Twitter, before telling THR, “We made [the movie] in order to inspire families and kids and people and we’ve been really justly rewarded I think for that. We feel really lucky and the awards stuff is it’s own thing, and of course we’re disappointed, but it’s not the reason we made the movie.”

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Morning Must Reads: January 16

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Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

Europe On High Alert

Authorities launched a wave of counter-terrorism raids across Europe overnight and into Friday morning, resulting in two deaths and 23 arrests, as the continent steps up security measures in the wake of last week’s attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Coke Fights the Soda Slump

Soda sales are in decline, but one sliver of the soft drink market—the segment that comes in smaller-than-usual sizes—is booming

Google Decides Glass Half Empty

The company said it will stop selling the smart glasses to individual customers through its Explorer program after Jan. 19

Early Picks for Oscar Night

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel (pictured) led the way in nominations for the 87th Academy Awards with nine nods each, while Selma received only two.

Muhammad Ali Back in Hospital for ‘Follow-up Care’

Boxing icon Muhammad Ali was checked back into a hospital on Thursday for follow-up care, after suffering from a severe urinary-tract infection in December. Ali is hoping to recover soon and plans to celebrate his 73rd birthday on Saturday at home, said a family spokesman

Nebraska Bill Would Abolish Closing Time for Bars

A Nebraska state senator introduced legislation Thursday that would allow bars in the state to stay open all night, if they wished. State and local laws generally require the Cornhusker state’s bars to stop serving alcohol at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.

Flu Shot a Flub, CDC Says

People who got a flu shot this winter are only 23% less likely to get the flu than someone who didn’t get the vaccine, the CDC said in a new report. Since the health institute started tracking flu vaccine effectiveness in 2004, the rates have ranged from 10% to 60%

Oklahoma Resumes Executions After Nearly 9-Month Delay

Charles Warner was executed on Thursday night after the Supreme Court declined in a 5-4 ruling to intervene, making him the first death-row inmate to be put to death there since a botched lethal injection in April forced the state to reform its execution standards

28 Months Later Might Be in the Making

Alex Garland, the brain behind the cult zombie classics 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, says another film in the franchise may be in the offing and is having serious talks with director Danny Boyle

Republicans Want to Give President Obama More Power

Congress may pass a bill that would give President Barack Obama greater authority to negotiate an agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership, which would affect about 40% of the world’s GDP and about a third of the world’s trade

African Papers Sorry for Charlie Hebdo Reprint

Kenya’s the Star and South Africa’s Citizen issued apologies this week for reprinting the controversial new cover of Charlie Hebdo, after the publication of the image triggered an uproar from Muslim readers

Judge Revokes Chris Brown Probation in Assault Case

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge revoked Chris Brown’s probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time

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19 Huge Hollywood Stars Who Never Won an Oscar

Lauded as they were, their glass display cases lacked a certain gilded statuette

When Oscar nominations are announced every January, the conversation turns quickly from who got nominated to who got snubbed. And people tend to react with more indignation over who’s missing than in celebration of who’s been recognized.

For many, this year’s disappointments include the absence of Selma director Ava DuVernay from the Best Director field and star David Oyelowo from the Best Actors group, as well as the lack of recognition for The Lego Movie. The lack of racial diversity among the nominees has led, naturally, to a viral hashtag: #OscarsSoWhite. It’s enough to make you think that perhaps an Oscar is more the result of a manipulative multimillion dollar campaign than merit alone.

But the snub has been around since long before the age of Internet outrage, when gossip was relegated to soda fountains and opinions took days to make it from type-written notes to a Letters to the Editor page. And although we tend to associate Hollywood’s biggest stars with that bald, naked mini-man of gold, many of history’s most remembered actors and actresses never got their hands on a statuette.

On the actresses’ side, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner and Dorothy Dandridge had to settle for nominations alone. Perhaps Natalie Wood and Jayne Mansfield would have been recognized had their lives not been cut so tragically short. Some actresses gave up a great deal for the roles that would leave them empty-handed—Janet Leigh, who was nominated for Psycho but didn’t win, spent the rest of her life afraid of the shower.

Among their male counterparts, things weren’t all bad. Richard Burton, nominated seven times for films including Becket (1964) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), could substitute Benjamins for toilet paper if he wanted, as one of the highest-paid actors in the world at his peak. Peter Sellers, born in England, could take comfort in his two wins at the BAFTAs, Oscar’s cousin across the pond. And Steve McQueen could wipe his tears of dejection on that clean white t-shirt, though many, to be sure, preferred him without one at all.

Many repeated oversights were corrected, if not fully, with honorary Academy Awards doled out to stars in their golden years, although none of the actors and actresses pictured above even received one of those. For them, alas, money, fame, and a place in the annals of history would just have to suffice.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LizabethRonk.

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These 21 Famous Actors Have Never Won an Oscar

Turns out all those actor snubbed for awards in 2015 are in very good company

  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards - Arrivals
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    1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
    2005: Nominated for Best Actor, The Aviator
    2007: Nominated for Best Actor, Blood Diamond
    2014: Nominated for Best Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street
    2014: Nominated for Best Picture (as producer), The Wolf of Wall Street

  • Julianne Moore

    The Cinema Society With Montblanc And Dom Perignon Host A Screening Of Sony Pictures Classics' "Still Alice" - After Party
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    1998: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Boogie Nights
    2000: Nominated for Best Actress, The End of the Affair
    2003: Nominated for Best Actress, Far from Heaven
    2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Hours
    2015: Nominated for Best Actress, Still Alice

  • Michael Keaton

    2014 National Board Of Review Gala - Arrivals
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    2015: Nominated for Best Actor, Birdman

  • Robert Downey Jr.

    18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Press Room
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    1993: Nominated for Best Actor, Chaplin
    2009: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Tropic Thunder

  • Tom Cruise

    'Edge of Tomorrow' Press Conference In Tokyo
    Ken Ishii—Getty Images

    1990: Nominated for Best Actor, Born on the Fourth of July
    1997: Nominated for Best Actor, Jerry Maguire
    2000: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Magnolia

  • Harrison Ford

    Serious Fun Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals
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    1986: Nominated for Best Actor, Witness

  • Glenn Close

    "My Old Lady" New York Premiere
    Henry S. Dziekan III—WireImage/Getty Images

    1983: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The World According to Garp
    1984: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Big Chill
    1985: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Natural
    1988: Nominated for Best Actress, Fatal Attraction
    1989: Nominated for Best Actress, Dangerous Liaisons
    2012: Nominated for Best Actress, Albert Nobbs

  • Joaquin Phoenix

    Moet & Chandon At The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Inside
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    2001: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Gladiator
    2006: Nominated for Best Actor, Walk the Line
    2013: Nominated for Best Actor, The Master

  • Johnny Depp

    The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala - Arrivals
    JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images

    2004: Nominated for Best Actor, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    2005: Nominated for Best Actor, Finding Neverland
    2008: Nominated for Best Actor, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Sigourney Weaver

    12th Annual Giants Of Broadcasting Awards
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    1987: Nominated for Best Actress, Aliens
    1989: Nominated for Best Actress, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
    1989: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Working Girl

  • Edward Norton

    Audi Golden Globe Week Celebration
    Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty Images

    1997: Nominated for Best Actor, Primal Fear
    1999: Nominated for Best Actor, American History X
    2015: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Birdman

  • Annette Benning

    The Public Theater's Opening Night Performance Of "King Lear" - Curtain Call
    Walter McBride—WireImage/Getty Images

    1991: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, The Grifters
    2000: Nominated for Best Actress, American Beauty
    2005: Nominated for Best Actress, Being Julia
    2011: Nominated for Best Actress, The Kids Are All Right

  • Ed Harris

    "Frontera" - Los Angeles Premiere
    Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty Images

    1996: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Apollo 13
    1999: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, The Truman Show
    2001: Nominated for Best Actor, Pollock
    2003: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, The Hours

  • Bill Murray

    "St. Vincent" New York Premiere
    Paul Zimmerman—WireImage/Getty Images

    2004: Nominated for Best Actor, Lost in Translation

  • John Travolta

    "The Forger" Premiere - Red Carpet - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival
    George Pimentel—Getty Images

    1978: Nominated for Best Actor, Saturday Night Fever
    1995: Nominated for Best Actor, Pulp Fiction

  • Gary Oldman

    2014 Outfest Opening Night Gala Of "Life Partners" - After Party
    Angela Weiss—Getty Images

    2012: Nominated for Best Actor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

  • Liam Neeson

    '96 Hours - Taken 3' Berlin Premiere
    Clemens Bilan—Getty Images

    1994: Nominated for Best Actor, Schindler’s List

  • Ralph Fiennes

    Bond 24 - Photocall
    Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

    1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Schindler’s List
    1997: Nominated for Best Actor, The English Patient

  • John Malkovich

    "Penguins Of Madagascar" New York Premiere - Arrivals
    Mike Pont—FilmMagic/Getty Images

    1985: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Places in the Heart
    1994: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, In the Line of Fire

  • Laura Linney

    Women In Film's 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards - Arrivals
    Jeffrey Mayer—WireImage/Getty Images

    2001: Nominated for Best Actress, You Can Count on Me
    2005: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Kinsey
    2008: Nominated for Best Actress, The Savages

  • Samuel L. Jackson

    GQ Men Of The Year Awards - Red Carpet Arrivals
    Anthony Harvey—Getty Images

    1995: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Pulp Fiction

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Here’s Where You Can Watch Oscar-Nominated Movies Online

See 'Boyhood' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' from the comfort of your own home

Following the revelation of the 2015 Oscar nominations Thursday morning, the race has begun to see the nominated films before the Feb. 22 Academy Awards broadcast.

Although many films including Birdman and American Sniper are only available on the big screen, some Academy-favorites are available to watch online. Here’s an alphabetical list of every Oscar-nominated movie you can watch from the comfort of your own home:

Begin Again: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Original Song (Lost Stars)

The Boxtrolls: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Animated Feature

Boyhood: Amazon, iTunes
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Visual Effects

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1: Amazon, HBO
Nomination: Best Documentary Short

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Visual Effects

Finding Vivian Maier: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Documentary Feature

Gone Girl: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Actress (Rosamund Pike)

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Amazon, iTunes
Nominations: Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design

Guardians of the Galaxy: Amazon, iTunes
Nominations: Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Visual Effects

How to Train Your Dragon 2: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Animated Feature

Ida: Amazon, iTunes, Netflix
Nominations: Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film

The LEGO Movie: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Original Song (Everything is Awesome)

The Judge: Amazon, iTunes
Nominations: Best Supporting Actor (Robert Duvall)

Last Days in Vietnam: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Documentary Feature

Maleficent: Amazon, iTunes
Nominations: Best Costume Design

Virunga: Netflix
Nomination: Best Documentary Feature

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Amazon, iTunes
Nomination: Best Visual Effects

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Oscars 2015 Best Picture Nominees: Read the Original Reviews

From 'American Sniper' to 'Whiplash' and everything in between

This year’s Oscars nominations were announced Thursday morning and, despite a few snubs and surprises, the Best Picture nominees were mostly the usual batch of well-received prestige pics—though they also received reviews that weren’t always 100% positive. TIME’s critic Richard Corliss reviewed each of the nominees as they were released, and here’s what he had to say:

American Sniper, reviewed Dec. 31, 2014: “It’s a gritty, confident portrait of a man whose life may have been somewhat messier than this Hollywood version.”

Read the full review here

Birdman, reviewed Oct. 27, 2014: “This isn’t truly a one-take movie, like Alexander Sokurov’s enthralling Russian Ark–here, scenes lasting 10 minutes or more are edited together with invisible transitions–but Birdman is still a unique technical accomplishment. Shot in 30 days, with the actors’ and the camera’s movements calibrated to the inch and the millisecond so that the action flows smoothly, the picture has the jagged energy of a sustained guerrilla raid choreographed by Bob Fosse. It’s a precision ballet whose most impressive effect is that it plays out like real theatrical life.”

Read the full review here

Boyhood, reviewed July 10, 2014: “A home movie of a fictional home life, an epic assembled from vignettes, Boyhood shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.”

Read the full review here

The Grand Budapest Hotel, reviewed Mar. 10, 2014: “A dizzyingly complex machine whose workings are a delight to behold, the movie has a wry smile for frailties, a watchful eye for tyranny and a heart that — under the circumstances of this dark, fanciful tale — must be called heroic.”

Read the full review here

The Imitation Game, reviewed Dec. 1, 2014: “Alan Turing in The Imitation Game may be [Benedict Cumberbatch’s] oddest, fullest, most Cumberbatchian character yet. The Cambridge genius who fathered the modern computer, known as the Turing machine–and who presciently asked, “What if only a machine could defeat another machine?”–seems part machine himself.”

Read the full review here

Selma, reviewed in Jan. 19, 2015, issue of TIME: “This is a film set not on great lawns but mostly in back rooms, where a forceful whisper can have more effect than a pulpit homily. Oyelowo gives a warm, acute performance and lends King a presence that makes everyone from his wife Coretta (Carmen Ejogo) to LBJ feel the power of his argument, the singe of his soul.”

Read the full review here

The Theory of Everything, reviewed Nov. 17, 2014: “For a movie about the author of A Brief History of Time, this is a doggedly chronological retelling of Stephen and Jane’s 30-year marriage. Theory finds its saving nuances in the story of a vigorous young man transformed by disease into his wife’s invalid child.”

Read the full review here

Whiplash, reviewed Oct. 9, 2014: “A hit at Sundance and the Toronto Film Festival, where it was nicknamed Full Metal Drum Kit, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash adds welcome flavor to the fall movie season, like Raisinettes sprinkled on a tub of popcorn. Directing with a cool, steady hand that renounces shaky-cam the way Fletcher would denounce rock ‘n roll, and getting strong performances from his two leads, Chazelle provides a potent metaphor for artistic ambition as both a religion and an addiction.”

Read the full review here

See the full list of 2015 Oscars nominees

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See the Awesome Way The Lego Movie’s Director Responded to the Oscar Snub

The Lego Movie was not nominated for Best Animated Feature. Here's director Phil Lord's response on Twitter.

Everything is awesome.

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See All the 2015 Oscars Best Picture Nominees

From The Grand Budapest Hotel to The Imitation Game, see which movies are up for the top award

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