Surprise: Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer
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When Christopher Plummer scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes for this role that he shot in nine days in order to replace Kevin Spacey in “All The Money In The World”, it seemed more like the HFPA acknowledging what Plummer and director Ridley Scott pulled off in such a short period of time. Yet the Academy were impressed by the veteran too. Plummer won his first Oscar six years ago for “Beginners”, and he’s looking for a repeat at 88-years-old - setting a record as the oldest acting Oscar nominee ever.
Surprise: Best Adapted Screenplay 'Logan'
“Logan” was a critical hit when it came out in March 2017, but (like most superhero movies), it didn’t get much traction during awards season outside of Patrick Stewart’s Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Critics’ Choice Awards. Well, props to the Academy for going against their superhero bias and nominating the worthy script.
Surprise: Best Actor - Denzel Washington
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I mean, it’s no surprise that Denzel Washington scored an Oscar nomination. Plus, he was nominated for the Golden Globe and SAG Award as well. “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” was just such an under-the-radar movie that didn’t do well with audiences or critics, so it’s surprising Washington made it to the Oscar finish line. He had a real chance to win last year with “Fences”, but this year he is a clear contender with his eighth nomination.
Surprise: Best Picture 'Phantom Thread'
Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis scoring a Best Actor nomination for what is apparently his last film role is no surprise. It’s a big surprise that the film got noticed in other categories too. The film scored a Best Picture nod along with a Best Director nod for Paul Thomas Anderson and Best Supporting Actress for Lesley Manville.
Snub: Gal Gadot - Best Actress
Sure, she didn’t score any major nominations during award season, so it was extremely unlikely Gal Gadot would suddenly show up in the Oscar Best Actress category, but it still pains us that this already iconic performance didn’t get any love. It hurt a bit more seeing Gadot help announce the Best Production Design nominees.
Snub: Best Actress - Jessica Chastain
As the pre-Oscar nominations sorted themselves out, it seemed like Jessica Chastain was battling Meryl Streep for the last slot in Best Actress, and alas, it’s hard for the Academy to ignore Meryl. Jessica was fantastic in “Molly’s Game”, but unfortunately, it didn’t result in her third nomination.
Snub: Best Actor - Tom Hanks
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You probably didn’t know it existed, but the long-running Tom Hanks snubbing continues. Even though you’d think he’s an Oscar fave (he won back-to-back Best Actor Oscars!), Hanks hasn’t been nominated in 15 years! His last nomination was for “Cast Away”. Some of the movies he hasn’t been nominated for are “Road To Perdition”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “Captain Phillips”, “Saving Mr. Banks”, “Bridge Of Spies” and “Sully”. You can now add “The Post” to the list.
Snub: Hong Chau - Best Supporting Actress
Hong Chau scored both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her quirky role in “Downsizing”, but with the underwhelming reception for the film both critically and commercially, it ultimately ended up being Hong’s downfall when it came to making the Academy’s final five.
Snub: Armie Hammer - Best Supporting Actor
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“Call Me By My Name” scored four nominations, including for Timothee Chalamet for Best Actor, but there was no love for his love interest, Armie Hammer, in the Supporting category. Hammer did miss out on a SAG Award nomination as well, so we should have seen this snub coming.
Snub: Best Director - Martin McDonaugh
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Probably the most shocking snub for this year's Oscars is “Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri” director Martin McDonaugh not making the cut. While the Best Director winner doesn’t always line up with the Best Picture winner, it severely hurts the film’s chance to win Best Picture when its director isn’t even nominated. Only four films in the Academy’s 90-history have won Best Picture without a Best Director nomination.
Snub: Best Foreign Film - 'In The Fade'
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The buzz for the German film started in May when its star Diane Kruger won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Then the film just won Best Foreign Film at both the Golden Globes and the Critics' Choice Awards, but the Academy didn’t even bother to nominate it. Very strange.
Snub: Best Original Song - 'Home'
The Golden Globes did nominate Mariah Carey’s “The Star”, the title track from the animated film, and Nick Jonas’ “Home” from “Ferdinand”, so they might have been thinking they were likely Oscar nominees as well, but the Globes tend to nominate big names instead of quality songs. The Academy doesn’t fall into the same trap.
Snub: Best Director - Steven Spielberg
“The Post” is great, and it did score a Best Picture nomination, which means Spielberg did still score a nomination as one of the film’s producers. So don’t feel too bad. The Academy rightly decide to nominate some new (and diverse) blood in Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele.