And the most outstanding snubs and surprises go to…
The 2019 Oscars nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, and, as per tradition, movie fans were left feeling both pleasantly shocked and woefully disappointed.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy The Favourite tied with Alfonso Cuaron’s Mexican drama Roma for the most nominations with 10 each, followed by Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut A Star Is Born and Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice.
While there were quite a few notable surprises in this year’s batch of nods, plenty of performances — in front of and behind the camera — were overlooked.
Let us start with the biggest snubs…
Bradley Cooper — Best Director
While B-Coop was acknowledged for playing the alcoholic rock star in his remake of A Star Is Born, his directing talents were unrecognized. But don’t feel too bad for him; Cooper also scored Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture nods for the film.
Claire Foy — Best Supporting Actress
The Emmy winner has been nominated elsewhere this season for playing Janet Armstrong in Damien Chazelle’s First Man, a commended performance that shattered the “Wife Waiting At Home” stereotype. Unfortunately, the Best Supporting Actress category was just too competitive this year.
Margot Robbie — Best Supporting Actress
Robbie was also shut out of the Best Supporting race for her acclaimed performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots.
Timothee Chalamet — Best Supporting Actor
Hollywood’s biggest crush was expected to land his second Oscar nod for his dramatic turn in Beautiful Boy, a role that earned him nominations at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Sadly, the 23-year-old’s performance wasn’t beautiful enough to woo the Academy this year.
Emily Blunt — Best Lead Actress
The British actress had two films in contention this year: she was a potential outlier for her performance in her husband’s hit horror film, A Quiet Place, but was considered less of a long shot for her leading work in Mary Poppins Returns. This will be a quiet Oscar night for her indeed.
Crazy Rich Asians — Best Picture
This groundbreaking film didn’t get any love from the Academy. The rom-com starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding broke box office records after it opened in August, and went on to earn Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations. While it was a long shot, fans and critics were hoping this underdog film could have pulled a crazy Oscar nomination.
Now, onto the surprises…
Black Panther — Best Picture
Superhero movies are historically overlooked when it comes to getting Oscars recognition, but Marvel’s blockbuster sensation cracked the code thanks to a standout cast and Ryan Coogler’s directorial prowess.
Marina de Tavira — Best Supporting Actress
The Mexican theatre actress hadn’t landed an acting nomination for her work in Roma all awards season, but clearly she was still on the Academy’s radar. De Tavira was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the acclaimed black and white film.
Sam Elliott — Best Supporting Actor
While he was overlooked by the Golden Globes for his performance in A Star Is Born, the Hollywood vet crooned his way into the Academy’s hearts by landing a Best Supporting Actor nod.
Willem Dafoe — Best Lead Actor
After being been unacknowledged all awards season for his performance as Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate, Dafoe’s Best Actor nomination comes as quite dasurprise.
Were your favorite films and performances nominated this year? Share any more snubs or surprises we may have missed in the comments!
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