Winning isn't everything -- just ask Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo.
The two actors were both favored to score Oscar nominations at the 2015 Academy Awards: Aniston for her dramatic role in "Cake," and Oyelowo for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma."
Aniston's transformation into a dark and depressed drug addict earned her enough Oscar buzz to leave some shocked when her name wasn't called alongside Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Felicity Jones and Marion Cotillard for Best Actress. But for Aniston, the response over her loss was all the more gratifying.
“I was amazed at how many messages of ‘Shocked!’ ‘Fuck ‘em!’ and ‘Robbed!’ I got,” Aniston told The Huffington Post.
“I found it quite endearing and flattering that I had so many people rooting for me. It was almost just as good to be No. 1 snubbed than to be nominated. Now I don’t have any pressure,” she said.
The 45-year-old told Access Hollywood that Witherspoon and Moore sent her "sweet" emails after the nominations were announced, adding that there are no hard feelings among the group.
"We’re all rooting for each other and it doesn’t take away the work that was done. So it’s really, really nice,” Aniston said.
David Oyelowo's snub for his performance in "Selma" prompted a discussion about lack of diversity at this year's Oscars and in Hollywood in general. Instead of focusing on himself when reacting to his loss, Oyelowo spoke to the issues at hand, telling Access Hollywood:
There's a lack of diversity period. I think I was the only real shot, myself and ['Selma' director] Ava [DuVernay] at individual nominations and that's just something we've got to put a dent in and make sure that's not the case. But I fully intend to be part of the solution and not the problem.