There’s a particular kind of disappointment that comes with Oscar nominations. Although there was good news in the multiple nominations in the categories for the masterful Parasitethe Academy’s reluctance to reward small independent films (Waves), genre films (Midsommar), blockbuster movie (Hustlers), and wacky art house movies (Lighthouse) makes for a very predictable set of nominations.
The 92nd Academy Awards promises to be filled with old school stars with Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas and Scarlett Johansson all up for awards of actor.
All of this means that this year’s ceremony is shaping up to be a night for the old guard instead of one that rewards exciting new talent. After all, the combined age for the Best Supporting Actor category is 356. So not just such a white, masculine and old year, but also #OscarsSoPredictable!
Here are our top five snubs and surprises:
Nothing for J.Lo
Everything seemed to fall into place for J.Lo, who in her dazzling turn in Hustlers put on this The Versace dress had a real internet moment again in 2019. However, it and the movie in which she plays a stripper called Ramona, were left out of the Oscars without a single nomination. Hustlers tells lesser-known stories from the fall of the 2008 financial crisis, treating these women with humility and humor in a film that was an entertaining box office success.
Maybe the voting old men prefer their flaws in private browsers to human stories.
The Sandleraissance does not exist
The anxiety-provoking thriller Uncut Gems proved too eccentric for the members of the Academy, who failed to nominate him for a single award. Particularly infuriating was the oversight of Adam Sandler, who not only looks great in the film, but in almost every frame of the two-hour wild ride. Sadly, The Sandleraissance didn’t follow Matthew McConaughey’s journey from mediocre rom-coms to “best actor” acceptance speech.
Sandler recently threatened to make the worst movie of his career if he didn’t get an Oscar nomination. Don’t say he didn’t warn you, Academy.
Neither do the directors.
While announcing the nominees on Steam Live from the Oscars, Issa Rae had his own Emma Stone/Natalie Portman moment by subtly saying “congratulations to these men” after reading the list of all-male directing nominees.
While female directors such as Marielle Heller and Greta Gerwig have garnered a few award nominations between them for A beautiful day in the neighborhood and Little woman, neither were deemed worthy of being invited into the heavyweight executive’s boys’ club. Elsewhere, the most glaring oversight is that director Lulu Wang was not nominated for her masterpiece of direction The farewell.
The Joker the game never made a dent
The ups and downs of Joker The awards season campaign has seen him call everything from a filmmaking triumph to a dangerous piece of bait for men’s rights activists. In the end, the backlash appears to have had no effect, with Todd Phillips’ cackling clown leading the charge with 11 nominations. This includes major categories, such as “Best Actor” for leading man Joaquin Phoenix, “Best Director” and “Best Picture”, as well as a host of production nods.
Whether Phoenix dances down the stairs to the news or digests it over a mushroom paste smoothie, the night is theirs.
Bohemian Rhapsody > Rocketman
Wait, isn’t that the same group of voters who gave this film an Oscar for editing? What made last year’s musical biopic and this year’s failure resonate so well? Defend Rocketman is not the hill we intend to die on, but Taron Egerton’s account of the life of Elton John surely deserves as much credit as Freddie Mercury’s biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody?
The latter triumphed with four Oscar wins while the latter only got one nomination, for “Best Original Song”. Elton reportedly spent the day playing a very angry version of candle in the wind at home.
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