The 2019 Oscar Nominations were revealed a few short hours ago, and like any year, there were plenty of expected nominees (mainly with Best Picture) but also a fair share of shocking choices and surprising omissions.
Here a few of the more notable ones:
– Bradley Cooper shut out of Best Director for A Star Is Born: For so long he seemed like a lock early in the race, but Pawel Pawlikowski receiving a nomination probably pushed Cooper out. Still, hard to believe that McKay is more deserving for Vice than Cooper. Voters didn’t seem ready to give it to the actor on his very first try.
– If Beale Street Could Talk shut out of Best Picture and Best Director for Barry Jenkins: While it didn’t do as well as most expected all award season, some may feel it’s disappointing that Beale Street only received nominations for Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress, and Score.
– Ethan Hawke left out of Best Actor for First Reformed as Willem Dafoe got the final Best Actor slot for At Eternity’s Gate: Shouldn’t be a total surprise, since he was nominated just a year ago for The Florida Project. The movie seemed to underwhelm most people, but it’s a more deserving pick than, say, John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman, who was expected by many to take the 5th spot.
– Claire Foy misses out for Best Supporting Actress, rounding out a very disappointing Awards season for Damien Chazelle and First Man: However, it was a pleasant surprise to see the reason why was that Marina de Tavira was nominated for Roma, making it clear that Roma is clearly the darling of this year’s Oscar race.
– Golden boy Timothee Chalamet was thought to get in for Best Supporting Actor: Late in the race, people wondered if he would lose out since Beautiful Boy never found any sort of support outside of his performance. Taking his place is Sam Rockwell for Vice, a choice that definitely makes sense considered how well Vice has been doing this season and the fact that he won for the same category just last year for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
– The Ballad of Buster Scruggs gets Best Adapted Screenplay even though not many saw many, if any, nominations coming its way: Similarly, First Reformed and Paul Schrader take Original Screenplay, shutting out possible dark horses such as Bo Burnham and Eighth Grade.
– Black Panther indeed gets a Best Picture nomination: This nomination makes history as the first comic book film to do so, even though we all know The Dark Knight should’ve been the one.
– Double Shut-Out: Emily Blunt was left out of both Best Actress for Mary Poppins Returns and Supporting Actress for A Quiet Place, though she never seemed like a true frontrunner in either race. Same with Nicole Kidman for Destroyer.
– South Korea’s Burning was thought to be a favorite to land for Best Foreign Film but seems to have just missed out in favor of Germany’s Never Look Away.
– Widows being shut out completely.
These were all longshots and had almost no chance of happening but I would’ve really liked to see The Rider nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Chloé Zhao. Same with Leave No Trace and Debra Granik, You Were Never Really Here and Lynne Ramsay, and finally, Eighth Grade and Bo Burnham (as well as its star Elsie Fisher).
It was also a long shot but Toni Collette not getting any traction – let alone a nomination – for Hereditary is a disappointment (as she did get a nomination for another horror film with The Sixth Sense).