The Academy could have had 10 best picture nominees, but decided otherwise. "Inside Out" could have been in there. It got a best animated feature nom, but it could easily be a best picture nom.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Carol" could have been in the top nominees. But nope, the Academy decided to snub ’em. Same thing happened to "Straight Outta Compton."
Of the main nominees, "The Revenant" appears to have the big momentum, with nods in nearly all the major categories.
Quentin Tarantino got snubbed. He could easily have been a screenplay nominee. But nope. The only nom in a major category: supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh.
More to come when I get more caffeinated.