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My snubs and surprises at the Oscar nominations


Well here we are folks. The moment that all of the Oscar junkies have been waiting for. The announcement of the Academy award nominations was today, and not surprisingly The Shape of water leads with 13 nominations in total.

But, what was surprising about this year’s nominations? Well there we some surprises all right and not just among those who got on the list of nominees, but also with those who were left out.

Let’s start with the latter. Tom Hanks failed to get a nomination for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, and so did this year’s Golden Globe winner James Franco for his role in The Disaster Artist.

Steven Spielberg also was not on the best director list for the Oscars but surprisingly Woody Harrelson was. He was not nominated for a Golden Globe, but his effort in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was not unnoticed by the Academy. Actress who on the other hand was nominated for a Golden Globe, but not for an Oscar is Michelle Williams for All the money in the world, and i was truly bummed out about that because Christopher Plummer (aka  Kevin Spacey’s last minute replacement) was.  I was also happy to see that Logan got a Best adapted screenplay nomination, and will secretly be rooting for that one on March 4th.

Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) are Oscar rookies in the Best actor category, populated by heavy-weighs like Daniel Day Lewis, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington. Now, Daniel and Timothee are not surprises by any means, but I was glad to see Blade Runner 2049 get 5 Oscar nominations.

If you go ahead and ask me, Denis Villeneuve should have been nominated in the best director category, but I was more than happy to see Roger Deakins claim that honor in the best cinematography.

The biggest round of surprises is right there actually. In the best director category. Not since 2009, (and Kathryn Bigelow) has been a woman nominated in the Best director category, and now, almost a decade later Greta Gerwig is right there among 4 very talented men.

Jordan Peele is deservingly so also there, but for me the winner in this category will be a tie between Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread).

Who were your biggest snubs and surprises at the Academy award nominations? Tell me more.


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