In a year when the award season, for the most part, has been wide open, we expected to see some surprise choices when nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.
But wow did that lead to some huge snubs.
Bradley Cooper not getting a best-director nomination for “A Star Is Born,” the Mr. Rogers movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” not in the best documentary category, and “Crazy Rich Asians” not getting a single nomination are just a few of the major snubs.
Here are the 11 biggest snubs from the 2019 Oscars:
The Oscars air on ABC on February 24.
Bradley Cooper (‘A Star Is Born’) — best director
Don’t worry, you will be seeing a lot of Bradley Cooper on Oscar night, as he’s nominated in the categories for best actor, best picture, and best adapted screenplay for “A Star Is Born” (he may even sing alongside Lady Gaga on Oscar night for a performance of “Shallow,” which is nominated for best original song). But the academy did not recognise him for the category that would perhaps mean the most to him, best director.
After several directors and actors came in and out of the project over the years, Cooper is the one who finally had the right way to do the latest remake of the title. So, his name not being called was certainly the biggest shock.
Historically, a best-picture-nominated movie not getting a best-director nod is a kiss of death. But that’s not always the case. In 2012, Ben Affleck was not nominated for directing “Argo,” but he went on stage to accept the best-picture Oscar for the film.
‘First Man’ — best original score
The disrespect for “First Man” continues. Though it wasn’t likely the movie was going to get nominations in any of the major categories, the movie’s score seemed to be a lock, not just for a nomination in the best original score category, but for a win, too. However, composer Justin Hurwitz’s name was not called.
Though many argued over the movie’s slow pace and Ryan Gosling’s minimalist acting style, the music Hurwitz came up with was universally praised. That’s a big reason why this snub is all the more shocking.
‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour?’ — best documentary
This look inside the life and career of Fred Rogers from director Morgan Neville was a box-office hit in 2018, and many thought it would run away with the best-documentary Oscar. It not getting a nomination may be the biggest snub in this category since “Hoop Dreams” in 1995.
‘Eighth Grade’ — best original screenplay
Not hearing Bo Burnham’s name called for best original screenplay was also a punch in the gut. His writing (and directing) for “Eighth Grade” was one of the highlights of 2018, as he captured what it is like to be a teen in today’s world. And it wasn’t just the dialogue he came up with for his lead, Elsie Fisher, but he also scripted the story in a way that felt authentic, instead of churning out an overly polished movie version of teen life.
Peter Farrelly (‘Green Book’) — best director
Whether you love or hate the movie, “Green Book” has been up there as one of the front-runners of the Oscars, so, like Cooper, not seeing Peter Farrelly get a nomination was a big surprise. Since Farrelly is best known for his late 1990s comedy films, such as “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary” (codirecting with his brother, Bobby), maybe academy voters couldn’t separate this dramatic offering from the gross-out hits from his past.
Timothée Chalamet (‘Beautiful Boy’) — best actor
Many thought Chalamet was a lock for a second-straight lead-actor Oscar nomination (last year he won best actor for “Call Me by Your Name”). But his incredible performance in Amazon’s “Beautiful Boy” didn’t make the cut. It’s disappointing because his performance as a kid struggling with addiction is one of the rawest displays of acting in 2018. But he’s one of the most in-demand actors in young Hollywood at the moment, so he’s going to be just fine.
Ryan Coogler (‘Black Panther’) — best director
You may be realising that the best-director category had a lot of competition. And Ryan Coogler is another director we thought should have been nominated. He made a superhero movie that wasn’t just a record breaker at the box office, but also a film that made history at the Oscars by being the first superhero movie to get a best-picture nomination. Because of that, we thought Coogler should have been individually recognised as well.
‘A Star Is Born’ — editing
There are a lot of great things about “A Star Is Born,” but one of the biggest is its editing. Jay Cassidy increases the emotion of some key scenes – from Jackson Maine’s rocking live performances to the movie’s powerful ending – with his talents as an editor. And seeing that not recognised is a major disappointment.
It could also hurt the movie’s chances to win best picture. Like the best director category, most best-picture winners are also nominated in the editing category.
‘A Quiet Place’ — sound mixing
The 2018 movie arguably needed a perfect sound mix to work. It’s so light on dialogue that the sounds have a bigger importance because they elevate the story (and scares). So John Krasinski’s thriller not getting nominated for sound mixing is another big head-scratcher. Thankfully, it did get a nod for sound editing.
‘Three Identical Strangers’ — best documentary
It’s not as shocking as the Mr. Rogers doc not getting a nomination, but this wild story about three men who were adopted and later learned they are triplets had been riding buzz since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival a year ago. It’s just another casualty of the always uncertain feature-length-documentary category.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ — zero nominations
It was the year that you were certain the academy would nominate 10 best-picture nominees, just because of the number of movies that were worthy. But with only eight, numerous titles were left out, including “Crazy Rich Asians,” which should have been in the category. And, at the very least, fans of the movie thought a smaller category, such as costume design, would be a lock for a nomination. But the movie was shut out of that as well.