15 Oscar Nominations Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 10 months ago

Here's a rundown of the acknowledgments and oversights that took us off guard during the 2018 Oscar nominations.

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James Franco and Tamzin Brown in The Disaster Artist (2017)

Snub: James Franco

So we won't get to see Tommy Wiseau take the stage at the Dolby Theatre this year. In what will probably be the most-discussed snub of this year's Oscars, Golden Globe winner James Franco finds himself iced out of the Best Actor competition. In fact, The Disaster Artist earned just one nomination: Best Adapted Screenplay.

Tom Hanks in The Post (2017)

Snub: Tom Hanks

The phrase "Tom Hanks playing Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee" is pretty much all you need to get a film fully financed, and it's the kind of immediate buzz that kick starts an awards campaign. So imagine our collective surprise when he wasn't on the academy's masthead for his performance in The Post.

Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread (2017)

Surprise: Lesley Manville

Actress Lesley Manville pulled off a quiet coup with her Best Supporting Actress nomination for Phantom Thread. Until the Oscar nominations, the only other acknowledgment Manville earned for playing Daniel Day-Lewis' possessive sister was from the BAFTAs.

Holly Hunter

Snub: Holly Hunter

As The Big Sick continued to take big hits during awards season, we almost expected Jane Craig from Broadcast News to storm the Oscars nominations announcement stage to protest Holly Hunter's snub in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Armie Hammer in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Snub: Armie Hammer

We were as emotional and torn as Timothée Chalamet's character during the most pivotal moments of Call Me by Your Name when Armie Hammer's name was not called out in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Paul Thomas Anderson in Phantom Thread (2017)

Surprise Two-Fer: Paul Thomas Anderson and Phantom Thread

Both this film and its director were outliers in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, respectively. We're still in shock over The Master not earning a Best Picture nomination five years ago, so it will take us a bit more time to process PTA's current successes, but kudos, of course.

Woody Harrelson and Martin McDonagh in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Snub: Martin McDonagh

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri can celebrate having earned seven total Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, but wouldn't justice have been served if Martin McDonagh's name was announced in the Best Director category?

Rachel Morrison in Mudbound (2017)

History-Making Surprise: Rachel Morrison

Rachel Morrison became the first female nominee for the Best Cinematography Oscar for her work on Mudbound. It's the beginning of a big year for Morrison, who also shot the upcoming Black Panther.

Miranda Richardson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tatiana Maslany in Stronger (2017)

Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal kept a steady flame over the buzz for his leading performance in Stronger. He was certainly surging ahead of Denzel Washington, who earned a surprise Best Actor nomination for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Tiffany Haddish

Snub: Tiffany Haddish

More perplexing than Tiffany Haddish's pronunciation of some names during the nominations announcement was her omission from the Best Supporting Actress category. Her breakout performance in Girls Trip was one of the many reasons she's been invited to participate on the awards stage this season.

Hong Chau in Downsizing (2017)

Snub: Hong Chau and Downsizing

Hong Chau seemingly was set to earn a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Downsizing after she earned a Golden Globe nom, and while Downsizing wasn't set up for success in the major categories, there was promise for a nod or two in the tech categories.

Sean Baker, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, and Christopher Rivera at an event for The Florida Project (2017)

Snub: The Florida Project

Of course there would have been an uproar if Willem Dafoe didn't earn a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but many felt Sean Baker was on course for his first nomination for The Florida Project, but the innovative storyteller was blanked.

Gabriel Iglesias, Kate McKinnon, John Cena, Gina Rodriguez, and Daveed Diggs in Ferdinand (2017)

Surprise: Ferdinand

Fox's live-action department will be celebrating The Shape of Water's 13 Oscar nominations, but its animation division pulled off its own success with Ferdinand easing by Mary and the Witch's Flower for a Best Animated Feature nomination.

Denis Moschitto and Diane Kruger in In the Fade (2017)

Snub: In the Fade

There was talk of In the Fade's Oscar chances ever since Diane Kruger won Best Actress at Cannes last year. A nomination seemed inevitable after the film's recent Golden Globe win as well, but it seemed to lose its spot to On Body and Soul.

Jane Goodall in Jane (2017)

Snub: Jane

For a moment, we thought the video player on our laptop must have froze when we didn't hear Brett Morgen's documentary on Jane Goodall included in the Best Documentary category. It was arguably the field's front-runner.