Oscar Nominations The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter With Paul Thomas Anderson’s surprise appearance in best director came the snub of Martin McDonagh, the writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which earned an impressive seven nominations—including the all-important best picture bellwether of best editing. McDonagh‘s absence doesn’t necessarily doom Billboards—it was Ben Affleck’s famous snub in director that helped propel Argo to best picture—but it‘s possibly a sign that the Academy may like Three Billboards a lot without being bowled over by its craft. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Oscar nominations are out, and with them the usual selection of gasp-inducing moments for the would-be nominees who found themselves shut out. Below, a look at some of the morning‘s biggest snubs and surprises, from the Academy‘s depth of affection for a movie about a cranky costume designer to the best-cinematography nominee who made two different kinds of history.FRANCO, MAKE ROOM FOR WASHINGTONThe lingering question in the best-actor category was whether the allegations of sexual misconduct against James Franco, published days before Oscar voting ended, were widely read enough to deny the Disaster Artist star a best-actor nomination that had been widely expected. Apparently, it was. Even though Roman J. Israel, Esq. had a dismal box-office run and middling reviews, the still-electric star power of Denzel Washington seemed to be enough to push him into this category—even over Tom Hanks, who still has not had an Oscar nomination since Cast Away. With Gary Oldman still the likeliest winner—though he has his own tricky history—Oscar’s potential brush with controversy could still be coming . . . but they dodged a major bullet by leaving Franco out of the conversation.THE PHANTOM THREAD SURGEThe moody period piece released late in the year seemed destined to be a critical favorite that flew under the Academy’s radar, having earned two Golden Globe nominations and little else. (Daniel Day-Lewis was even snubbed by SAG!) But the film showed up strong on nomination morning, earning not just the expected nod for Day-Lewis and the hoped-for nod for composer Jonny Greenwood (his first nomination!), but attention for Lesley Manville in supporting actress, the exquisite costume design, and most surprising of all, best director for Paul Thomas Anderson—as well as best picture. None of this means any guaranteed wins; even Day-Lewis is an underdog. But what a pleasant surprise for the film‘s fans as well as for Focus Features, which has another best-picture nominee with Darkest Hour.THREE BILLBOARDS IS TRIUMPHANT, BUT WHERE’S MARTIN MCDONAGH? Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img

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