The Oscar nominations were surprising, from the closing of “The Woman King” to the first nomination for a Marvel movie actor.
LOS ANGELES — There are always some big surprises and heartbreaks. The morning of the Oscar nominations, As much as awards strategists try to minimize them. But Shipment of nominees for the 95th Academy Awards It seems to have more of a mix of good and bad shockers.
Here are some of the top snubs and surprises that had Hollywood talking on Tuesday morning.
Angela Bassett promoted perfection.
There are 30 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and no actor has been nominated to play them until today, when Angela Bassett broke the mold by getting a supporting actress nod to play the grieving queen. In “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Bassett has been nominated before — in 1994, for playing Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It” — and now she joins a small group of black women to act. Multiple nominations: Whoopi Goldberg, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis.
‘The Woman King’ was overthrown.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “The Woman King” was left out of the Oscar nominations altogether, a shocking twist. A well-reviewed blockbuster About which many people at one time offered a best actress. Viola Davis as the formidable Agoji leader, For a great picture and a great director. No black women were nominated for Best Director, a sad statistic that unfortunately didn’t change this year.
Women should refrain from directing
We should have come after films selected by a group of directors and producers that were directed only by men, but the makeup of the Academy is different. It was hoped that members would recognize some of the rare films this year with a woman behind the camera, especially after winning the Women’s Prize for two consecutive years ( Jane Campion And Let’s go ). Among those nominated were Prince Bythewood, Sarah Polley for “Women Talker.” And Charlotte Wells for “Afterson.” I’m not sure anyone was expecting Ruben Ostlund ( “Triangle of Sadness” ) to earn one of the five directing spots James Cameron ( “Avatar: Waterway” ) Baz Luhrmann ( “Elvis” ) or Joseph Kosinski ( “Top Gun: Maverick” ) either.
The Andrea Riseborough campaign worked.
This year was a good reminder that actors are often praised for their performance outside of or in spite of the film around them. Awards campaigners and strategists work to narrow the field of nominees all year, but this year there was a last-minute twist: A At the grassroots level, a celebrity-fueled social media campaign seems to be taking off for Andrea Riseborough. For her performance in the tiny-looking indie “To Leslie.” She was nominated after Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston, Edward Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow and many others, with many others singing her praises for her performance as a mother in West Texas.
Best Actress Shockers
Riseborough wasn’t the only surprise in the mix — Ana de Armas also scored a coveted nomination for her. “Blonde” was generally poorly received. Maybe she expected more after breaking up with him. Accredited by Screen Actors Guild, But the biggest shocker was the wholesale exclusion of black women from the category, with Davis for “The Woman King” and Daniel DeWyler for his universally acclaimed performance As Mimi Till Bradley in “Til”. At least one of these locations was taken. Michelle Williams for “The Fable Men.” Which didn’t warrant her SAG snub.
Some international surprises
The category of international specialization always has its share of oversight. Why are there only five nominees to represent the whole world? But one of the biggest surprises this year was the exit. Park Chan-wooks Appreciated romantic noise “The Decision to Leave” from South Korea.
A ‘Babylonian’ statue
gave The dream of “Babylon”. Today ended as Damien Chazelle’s Ode to the Wild Days of Silent received just three nominations for costumes, music and production design. The $80 million film has grossed less than $30 million at the box office so far and has divided critics. But it could also be its own origin story for reassessment years from now. Even “Ishtar” is now a cult classic.
Paul Mescale joins the actor race.
“Afterson” by Charlotte Wells May be at the top Best list by many critics But he didn’t get much love from the academy. The happy exception is that Paul Mescale is in the running for Best Actor for his heartwarming performance as a single dad on vacation with his 11-year-old daughter.
‘RRR’ gets only one nomination.
SS Rajamouli’s three-hour maximum action epic “RRR” It looked like it might break. With a Best Picture nomination, but Cute telugu movie PM Kirwani’s “Natu Natu” for Best Song, received only one nomination. It was not eligible for the International Film category as India submitted another film.
Diane Warren, Taylor Swift out
Talking about the best song, Sweetface – Still Crazy from his short film didn’t make it to the shortlist. Another blow on Tuesday when from Taylor Swift’s “Carolina.” “Where the Croods Sing” The original song was out of the running. Diane Warren However, her 14th nomination is for another song from a film that few have heard of (in this case, “Applause” from the film “Tell It Like A Woman”).
Judd Hirsch in Over Paul Dano
The supporting actor race may not be a race at all after that. Ke Huy Quan was officially nominated. of the “Everything everywhere at once.” But there were still some wild cards in the category, including nods for Brian Tyree-Henry Apple’s “Causeway” And Judd Hirsch basically steps in for a standout scene. Steven Spielberg’s “The Fable Men” On Paul Dano’s dynamic turn Spielberg’s semi-fictional version father
Nothing for ‘no’
Jordan Peele’s “No” Certainly was a long shot for a Best Picture or Director nomination. But on Tuesday morning, many were surprised to find nothing.