2019 Oscar Nominees: Snubs and Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 3 weeks ago

All the shocks and surprises from the 91st Academy Awards nominations

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Bradley Cooper and P. Scott Sakamoto in A Star Is Born (2018)

SNUB: Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper's directorial debut was good enough for A Star Is Born to nab eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and Best Actor and Actress nominations for himself and Lady Gaga. But it wasn't enough to give the actor a shot at Best Director. A Star Is Born was Cooper's vision from start to finish (he also received a nom for Best Adapted Screenplay), which is what makes this snub that much more surprising. At least we have the possibility of him and Gaga performing "Shallow" at the awards ceremony to keep us going.

Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (2018)


Alfonso Cuarón’s boyhood memoir is not only Netflix's first Best Picture nominee, but it also joins the incredibly short list of films that have been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Picture categories. Having tied Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for its total number of nominations (10), could Roma become the first foreign-language nom to win Best Picture? If anyone will do it in this modern era, it’s Cuarón. And if any film truly deserves the distinction, it's Roma.

Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy (2018)

SNUB: Timothée Chalamet

The awards season hasn’t been kind to Beautiful Boy, though Timothée Chalamet has carried the mantle throughout, scooping up Best Supporting Actor noms at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. That streak ended with the Oscars, where Chalamet's presumed supporting slot went to Vice's Sam Rockwell, and Beautiful Boy was shut out entirely.

Marina de Tavira and Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (2018)

SURPRISE: 'Roma' (Again)

Pairing veteran actress Marina de Tavira with newcomer Yalitza Aparicio was one of hundreds of brilliant gestures by Alfonso Cuarón in Roma. Both women have been shining faces on the awards circuit this year, though their respective categories have been dominated by discussion about the dynamics of The Favourite, all things Gaga, and Glenn Close's emergence as a true Best Actress contender for The Wife. To see de Tavira and Aparicio both earn nominations might be the one thing preventing us from resurrecting #OscarsSoWhite.

David Newell and Fred Rogers in Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)

SNUB: 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?'

We're sitting here with Daniel Striped Tiger who, despite being pretty shy usually, has come out of his grandfather clock to help us understand why Won't You Be My Neighbor? was overlooked in the Best Documentary category.

Willem Dafoe in At Eternity's Gate (2018)

SURPRISE: Willem Dafoe

As much as we love Willem Dafoe, we were still surprised to see him announced in the Best Actor nominations pool. While his performance as Vincent van Gogh was well received, he missed out on a Screen Actors Guild nomination (usually a pretty good Oscar predictor), and At Eternity's Gate was definitely a low-profile project, earning $2.1 million at the box office. But, after three previous nominations and no wins, we're definitely not sad to see Dafoe get another shot at Oscar glory!

John David Washington and Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

SNUB: John David Washington

John David Washington had a star turn in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, showing that Best Actor genes definitely run in the family, but it still wasn't enough to earn him an Oscar nomination. He should still get an invite to the ceremony though, as BlacKkKlansman scored a Best Picture nomination.

Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

SURPRISE: Adam Driver

The Best Supporting Actor category proved to be anything but predictable, but we suspect Adam Driver isn't complaining. He picked up his first Oscar nomination for his work in BlacKkKlansman, a surprise considering co-star John David Washington's aforementioned snub. Then again, Driver did earn a Best Supporting Golden Globe nom, so we'll call this one a slight surprise.

Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (2018)

SNUB: 'Eighth Grade'

"Nobody uses Facebook anymore" was one of the most insightful lines in any screenplay this year. It's just one of many nuggets Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher shared with her writer/director, Bo Burnham, and we were more than expecting a Best Original Screenplay nomination for A24’s breakout hit.

Viggo Mortensen, Peter Farrelly, and Mahershala Ali in Green Book (2018)

SNUB: Peter Farrelly

Coming off a Best Picture win at the Golden Globes, Green Book had plenty of momentum, and while it still scooped up five Oscar noms (including Best Picture), director Peter Farrelly was overlooked in the Best Director category — where he's been a mainstay throughout awards season. Instead, Cold War director Pawel Pawlikowski took his spot.

Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place (2018)

SNUB: Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt received a pair of Screen Actors Guild nominations for her work in A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns. And she had one of the most difficult on-screen birth scenes this side of Roma. So even though a Quiet Place nomination was somewhat of a long shot, we were expecting a gracious gesture for her sequelcalifragilistic effort.

Stephan James and KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

SNUB: 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Even though the Academy only named eight Best Picture nominees (the category can have up to ten), Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk was left out of the pack, despite making nearly every expert's predictions list for Best Picture. Thankfully, the film did pick up noms for Best Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress for Regina King, hot off her Golden Globes win.