Snub: Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga was left out of the running this year for her wild performance as Patrizia Reggiani in "House of Gucci".
The Ridley Scott film itself also failed to get real traction with the Oscars, landing a single nomination for Best Makeup & Hairstyling.
Surprise: "Drive My Car"
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While Ryusuke Hamaguchi's tender, three-hour film about grief and connection had been picking up steam in the awards race, the film surprised many, picking up nominations for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay, as well as International Feature.
The film is the first Japanese movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Snub: Caitriona Balfe
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"Belfast" may have scored seven nominations, including for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress and Actor, but Caitriona Balfe, who was expected to be a real contender for her performance as family matriarch Ma, failed to land a nod.
Snub: Denis Villeneuve
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Sci-fi blockbuster "Dune" may have cleaned up, receiving 10 nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but it came as a huge surprise to many to see Canadian director Denis Villeneuve left out of the running for Best Director.
Snub: Ruth Negga
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"Passing" got no love in this year's nominations, but for many, leaving actress Ruth Negga out of the Supporting Actress race for her tender and complex role in Rebecca Hall's adaptation of the 1929 Nella Larson novel was a particularly shocking oversight.
Surprise: Judi Dench
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Awards race favourite "Belfast" was nominated for seven Oscars, but the big surprise came with Dame Judi Dench receiving a nomination for her performance in the Supporting Actress category.
Dench has now been nominated eight times, winning for her role as Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love".
Surprise: Jessie Buckley
While "The Lost Daughter" expectedly received nominations for star Olivia Colman and more, many were pleasantly surprised to see rising star Jessie Buckley pick up a nod for her performance as the young Leda in Maggie Gyllenhaal's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel.
Snub: Ariana Grande
"Don't Look Up" garnered a fair number of nominations, including Best Picture, but left out of the running was Ariana Grande for her humorous song "Just Look Up" with Kid Cudi, which the duo perform before the movie's apocalyptic climax.
Surprise: J.K. Simmons
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Both Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem picked up expected nods for Best Actress and Best Actor in the biographical drama "Being the Ricardos", but the big surprise came with J.K. Simmons in the Supporting Actor category, being recognized for his performance as "I Love Lucy" actor William Frawley.
Snub: Bradley Cooper
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Guillermo del Toro's noir remake "Nightmare Alley" snagged four nominations, but left out in the cold was star Bradley Cooper.