Conservative Christian groups are outraged but not surprised, they say, that last year’s box-office hit The Passion of the Christ didn’t get an Academy Award nomination for best picture or best director.
Mel Gibson’s film, which grossed $370 million in the U.S. and more than $600 million worldwide, did receive three nominations—for makeup, original score and cinematography.
But some religious fans still see the omission as a snub, said Catholic League president William Donohue. “There’s no question that bigotry and prejudice is rank among the liberal elite of Hollywood,” said Louis Sheldon, founder of the Washington-based Traditional Values Coalition. Tim Wildmon, president of the Tupelo, Mississippi–based American Family Association, said he would have been surprised if The Passion received a best picture nomination from what he called the “anti-Christian” Hollywood community.