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    Nameizmann
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    What are some performances that were showy, by a top-billing actor, and/or featured in an Oscar contending movie that were weirdly unrecognized?

    Here, I’m not talking about a performance that was snubbed on Oscar day (e.g. Amy Adams in Arrival or Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips) but rather those that didn’t gain traction at all during the season.

    For instance:

    – Robert De Niro in the Irishman.

    – DiCaprio in Django.

    Neither I thought were that good but I was nevertheless surprised by the lack of recognition for them across the awards, because De Niro was central to the movie and DiCaprio’s role was so showy.

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    Jacob Boe
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    Well those did gain traction and were considered snubs so… Look at the GoldDerby predictions for those two years. Both of them had good odds. Plus, the former was nominated for a Critics Choice and the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe.

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    Samantha Barks in Les Misérables
    Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception
    Tracy Letts in Lady Bird
    Ray Liotta in Goodfellas
    Millie Perkins in The Diary of Anne Frank

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    Well those did gain traction and were considered snubs so… Look at the GoldDerby predictions for those two years. Both of them had good odds. Plus, the former was nominated for a Critics Choice and the latter was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    Youre right, but CC is irrelevant and GG nominates DiCaprio every other year. I’d argue that fact that they were so high up on the GD predictions but didn’t gain much recognition in the precursors actually reinforces the “weirdness.”

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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Joaquin Phoenix  in Her and Daniel Bhrul  in Rush</p>

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    Ashton Sanders in Moonlight

    Sarah Paulson in 12 Years A Slave

    Song Kang Ho and Cho Yeo-Jong in Parasite

    Stephan James, Aunjanue Ellis and Brian Tyree Henry in Beale Street

    Tom Hardy being ignored by most critics and precursors  for The Revenant especially when the movie was so big (thankfully he got the Oscar nom)

    Joaquin Phoenix in Her

    Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained

    to name a few in the 2010’s

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    Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic and Django Unchained

    Robert DeNiro in The Irishman

    Denzel Washington in Philadelphia

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    Youre right, but CC is irrelevant and GG nominates DiCaprio every other year. I’d argue that fact that they were so high up on the GD predictions but didn’t gain much recognition in the precursors actually reinforces the “weirdness.”

    I understand what you’re saying, but both of these performances did gain traction during awards season, so I wouldn’t think they would count. At one point or another, these performances were in the top 5 of most people’s predictions. Just because they both underperformed in the precursors and didn’t transition to nominations, doesn’t mean they never had traction, especially in the early season. I would use this argument with Keaton in Spotlight. Although he never got a precursor nomination, he very much had traction, with many thinking he could win, prior to the SAG nominations.

    I would think you were referring to someone like Jeremy Renner in American Hustle. Someone who was a 2x previous nominee in a BP nominee that the acting branch gave 4 nominations to. Yet, no one ever really predicted Renner and he had no traction throughout the season.

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    Alison Pill — Midnight in Paris
    Kristin Wiig — Bridesmaids

    Samantha Barkus — Les Miserables
    Eddie Redmayne — Les Miserables
    Kerry Washington — Django Unchained

    Jennifer Garner — Dallas Buyers Club
    Sarah Paulson — 12 Years a Slave
    Margot Robbie — The Wolf of Wall Street

    Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
    Carmen Ejogo — Selma
    Sarah Paulson — Carol

    Emory Cohen — Brooklyn
    Nicholas Hoult — Mad Max: Fury Road

    Chris Pine — Hell or High Water

    Kevin Costner — Hidden Figures
    Janelle Monae — Hidden Figures

    Timothee Chalamet — Lady Bird
    Betty Gabriel — Get Out
    Lucas Hedges — Lady Bird
    Vicky Kreps — Phantom Thread
    Tracey Letts — Lady Bird

    Danai Gurira — Black Panther
    Nicholas Hoult — The Favourite
    Brain Tyree Henry — If Beale Street Could Talk
    Alison Pill — Vice

    Alan Alda — Marriage Story
    Chris Evans — Knives Out
    Kate McKinnon — Bombshell
    Robert de Niro — Joker
    Sam Rockwell — JoJo Rabbit
    Merritt Weaver — Marriage Story

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    I never understood why Nicole Kidman was snubbed for Cold Mountain. She was coming off of a win and two consecutive nominations and her career was at a high point. Cold Mountain itself underperformed missing out picture, director and screenplay nominations amongst others but it still managed 7 nominations and a win for Zellweger; so I just don’t understand why Kidman fell short.

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    Paul Giamatti in Sideways is the worst snub ever.

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    Richard Gere in Chicago

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    Michael Keaton in Spotlight

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    He should have been nominated over Mark Ruffalo.

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    I remember the studio had originally campaigned both Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo for Best Supporting Actor, but they’ve kept splitting their support for nominations, so Keaton moved ahead to lead at the last minute while Ruffalo was more easily able to grab a Supporting Actor nod.

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