Surprise: Kathy Bates, ‘Richard Jewell’
Seemingly coming out of nowhere, Kathy Bates turn as Bobi Jewell, mother to the falsely accused 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, is the sole nomination for Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell”. But you should never count Bates out. Loved by the Academy, Bates won for “Misery” in 1991 and was last nominated in 2003 for “About Schmidt”.
Snub: Jennifer Lopez, ‘Hustlers’
Jenny from the Block will have a little longer to wait for her first Oscar nomination. Though “Hustlers” was popular with audiences, it failed to hit home with the Academy voters.
Joaquin Phoenix was a frontrunner for a Best Actor nomination, but the real surprise is just how well the movie did. Earning 11 nominations, Todd Phillips’ film is now the most-nominated comic book movie of all-time, topping “The Dark Knight”’s eight nominations.
Snub: Taron Egerton, ‘Rocketman’
He transformed into Elton John and sang his way through the fan-favourite “Rocketman”, but it wasn’t enough for Welsh star Taron Egerton. The actor won the Golden Globe for his performance and landed a SAG Award nomination for the part.
Surprise: Florence Pugh, ‘Little Women’
British actress Florence Pugh cemented her 2019 It Girl status with her very first Oscar nomination. She’s up for Best Supporting Actress against the category’s frontrunner and her “Little Women” co-star Laura Dern who is nominated for “Marriage Story”.
Snub: Awkwafina, ‘The Farewell’
The Golden Globe winner missed out on hearing her name called for her critically-acclaimed dramatic turn in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell”.
Surprise: Scarlett Johansson’s Dual Noms
Scarlett Johansson earned her first – and second – Oscar nominations on Monday morning. The actress has been earning raves for her performances in both “Jojo Rabbit” which sees her in the Best Supporting Actress category against her “Marriage Story” co-star and frontrunner Laura Dern, and in the Best Actress category for her performance in “Marriage Story”.
Snub: Eddie Murphy, ‘Dolemite Is My Name’
Hailed as a comeback for Eddie Murphy, his critically acclaimed performance as Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name” didn’t hit home with Academy voters. Murphy has a single Oscar nomination to his name for 2006’s “Dreamgirls”.
Surprise: Tom Hanks, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’
It’s a beautiful day in Tom Hanks’ neighbourhood as the actor earns his first Oscar nomination in 19 years. A two-time Oscar winner, Hanks’ Supporting nod as Mr. Rogers comes as a nice surprise for the beloved actor.
Snub: Greta Gerwig And Noah Baumbach
Partners Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are the power couple of the Oscars’ screenplay categories for “Little Women” and “Marriage Story”, respectively. Despite seeing their films nominated for Best Picture and their actors scoring nods, neither Gerwig nor Baumbach are recognized in the Best Director category.
Surprise: Antonio Banderas, ‘Pain And Glory’
Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical drama delivers a career-best performance from Antonio Banderas. In a crowded Best Actor category, Banderas’ turn in “Pain And Glory” is a welcome surprise for the actor, who earns the first nomination of his career.
Beyonce’s “Spirit” from “The Lion King” was passed over for Chrissy Metz’s “I’m Standing with You” from “Breakthrough”. The power ballad was written by 10-time Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren. Without Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Elton John will bring the star power to the category with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin for the duet “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”.
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“Parasite” was adored by audiences and critics alike but the biggest surprise is just how well represented the social thriller truly is. With six nominations, “Parasite” is the first South Korean film to be nominated for Best International Feature (previously Best Foreign Language Film) and Best Picture. Bong Joon Ho is also the first South Korean filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director.
Snub: Adam Sandler, ‘Uncut Gems’
Another actor who failed to crack the tough Best Actor category, Adam Sandler’s gritty against-type turn in “Uncut Gems” didn’t win over voters. While the press has been touting this as the comedian’s chance to get an Oscar nomination, he also missed out on Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations.
Surprise: ‘The Lighthouse’
Though Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson didn’t factor into the awards race conversation for their performances in “The Lighthouse”, the Newfoundland-filmed, black-and-white movie earned recognition for its stunning cinematography.
Snub: ‘Frozen 2’
“Frozen 2” fans have to “Let It Go”. The much-hyped Disney sequel did not land a nod in the Best Animated category.
Netflix’s Christmas movie “Klaus” is among the Best Animated Feature nominees and has been earning raves since it landed on the streaming platform ahead of the holidays. But its inclusion is still a bit of a surprise when box office behemoth "Frozen 2" was left out.