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    There have been quite a few egregious acting snubs this year in all four acting categories, but the one that sticks out to me as the worst is Adam Sandler’s tour-de-force performance in Uncut Gems, that should’ve been sweeping every major acting award this awards season. Granted, Sandler was always a dark horse contender. That said, I’m not sure how you could watch that performance and not think that he should get an Oscar nomination, if not the Oscar itself.

    Other snubs in the Best Actor category are Robert De Niro (The Irishman) and Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse), both of whom were knockouts. I also really liked Taron Egerton’s work in Rocketman and Matthew Rhys’ work in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I’m especially bummed about Rhys’ total lack of attention throughout awards season (did anyone even think he was a contender?). The performance is beautifully understated, extraordinarily human, and ultimately moving beyond belief.

    In the Best Actress category, I believe that both Noémie Merlant and Adèle Haenel were outstanding in Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which was my favorite film of 2019. That said, the film didn’t really have a chance due to France not choosing the film as their official Oscar submission, so I really can’t grit my teeth at the fact that neither scored Oscar nominations. The snubs that are really annoying, however, are Lupita Nyong’o (Us) and Awkwafina (The Farewell).

    In the Best Supporting Actor category, I’m not too displeased by the nominees. However, if it were up to me, Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) and Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes) wouldn’t make the cut. Pitt, in my opinion, delivers a sturdy performance that gives him ample opportunity to flex his movie star prowesses whilst delivering a subtle, measured portrayal of a man coming to terms with his fading career. That said, there were stronger performances by male actors in supporting roles that should’ve been nominated instead. I don’t understand the hype for Hopkins’ performance, though. He was just playing himself. I was never convinced that this wasn’t anyone but Sir Anthony Hopkins himself, let alone Pope Benedict XVI. Instead of Pitt and Hopkins, I would’ve nominated Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse) and Song Kang-ho (Parasite). Maybe even Eric Bogosian (Uncut Gems).

    Best Supporting Actress is a category that really annoys me. There were a litany of fantastic performances in this category and the eventual Oscar lineup doesn’t represent that at all. Laura Dern (Marriage Story) is my favorite of the five nominees and she should win the Oscar. That said, the non-nominated performances in this category are astounding: Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Octavia Spencer (Luce), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit), Julia Fox (Uncut Gems), Park So-dam and Lee Jung-eun (Parasite) (I wasn’t as impressed by Cho Yeo-jeong’s work as many others were, though she still would’ve made for a more impressive nominee than some of the performances that did make the cut), and even Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood (a controversial choice, I know, but I was really impressed by how effectively she was able to communicate the large-heartedness of Sharon Tate with very little noticable acting.) If it were up to me, the final line-up would look like this:

    Laura Dern, Marriage Story
    Lee Jung-eun, Parasite
    Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
    Octavia Spencer, Luce
    Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

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    Alfre Woodard, Clemency – no contest, if you’ve seen it you know this.

    Even the critics said they wished they watched it before they voted. It just came too late.

    Egerton also upsets me. He was just as good- actually better, than Zellweger in JUDY, both did own singing but his film was better and he emoted more and more organically.

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    Taron Egerton, Rocketman

    Awkwafina, The Farewell

    Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

    Song Kang-ho, Parasite

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