Oscar nominations morning brings mixed emotions. We cheer on our favorite movies when they earn a surprise nomination (“I, Tonya” made Best Film Editing! “Logan” is in for Original Screenplay!), but gasp and groan when the ones we are rooting for aren’t named (did they really just snub Holly Hunter?).
This year, there are plenty of nominees to be excited about. But I’m most interested in what has you up in arms. Which omission are you most angry about? Did you favorite film under-perform? Take a look at these shocking snubs and let us know which Oscar screw up has you the most steamed in our poll.
James Franco (NOT Best Actor)
After putting in the work on the campaign trail and winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Comedy), everything was looking up for Franco. But then multiple women accused the star of sexually inappropriate behavior just days before Oscar voting closed. Franco denied the allegations on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and some wondered if it would affect his Oscar chances. Apparently Oscar voters wait until the last minute to vote. Franco forfeited his slot to Denzel Washington, even though “The Disaster Artist” still made an appearance in Adapted Screenplay.
Jessica Chastain (NOT Best Actress)
This is not the first time Jessica Chastain has been passed over by the Academy and I’m starting to think they’re taking her talents for granted. “Molly’s Game” is fascinating film, anchored by an engaging performance from Chastain. The movie wouldn’t work without her. We know voters watched the film since Aaron Sorkin found an Adapted Screenplay nomination, so what gives? She keeps on delivering dynamic performances in showcase roles, but frustratingly comes up short come Oscar time.
Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg (NOT Best Supporting Actor)
The Supporting Actor category is always stacked, and this year saw several films with multiple contenders. But the absence of this duo from “Call me by Your Name” particularly stings. Armie Hammer is almost a co-lead, and his conflicted portrayal of Oliver was the perfect foil and compliment to Timothee Chalamet’s young Elio. And Michael Stuhlbarg, delivering the monologue of all monologues, starred in a whopping three Best Picture nominees this year. If voters didn’t shoot him to the top of their ballots after this film finished, how did they leave him off after watching two other fascinating performances in “The Shape of Water” and “The Post”?
Martin McDonagh (NOT Best Director)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has performed remarkably well this awards season. Many pundits have it at the top of their Best Picture predictions after victories at the Globes and SAG. The Oscars followed suit with an Original Screenplay nomination, three acting mentions, and nominations in the crowded Film Editing and Score categories. But Martin McDonagh got the boot in the important Best Director category in favor of Paul Thomas Anderson. Did voters think one of their favorite films directed itself?
“The Florida Project” (NOT Best Picture)
When “The Florida Project” was left out of the PGA lineup, we all knew it could be an uphill battle for the Oscars. The film isn’t particularly showy, making a large nomination tally difficult to achieve. But Sean Baker seemed like a possibility for Best Director given that branch’s occasional quirks. And if “The Post” can make Best Picture with just one other nomination, why not this unique and touching slice of life? Instead, passionate supporters of the movie will have to console themselves with Willem Dafoe’s Supporting Actor bid.
“Wonder Woman” (NOT anything at Oscars)
I didn’t think the academy would nominate “Wonder Woman” for Best Picture if they couldn’t even bring themselves to fete “The Dark Knight” there. But seriously, not a single mention for one of the year’s biggest films? They could have thrown it a bone in one of the Sound categories. Lindy Hemming would have made a phenomenal nominee in Costume Design. She not only updated the classic red and blue outfit for modern audiences, but crafted fantastical looks for Amazonian warriors and period perfect gowns and military wear for the film’s World War I setting.
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