The five biggest snubs of the 2023 Oscar nominees, from Tom Cruise to women directors

The five biggest snubs of the 2023 Oscar nominees, from Tom Cruise to women directors

All too early Hours January 24, nominations for 95y The annual Academy Awards have been announced. Actors Riz Ahmed (Metal sound) and Allison Williams (Get outHe honored. Sadly, they weren’t joined by M3GAN’s lyrical killer robot star Williams, though she was most certainly present.

With a quartet of blockbusters in contention – Top Gun: Maverick, Avatar: Water Way, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Beside Elvis – This year’s Academy Awards had a golden opportunity to expand their global audience beyond the record low viewership of 10.5 million in 2021. So did the Academy take advantage? Or did she withdraw 2009, failing to be nominated The Dark Knight And Wall-E For the best picture lead to changes in the rules and a lot of pressure on the hand?

Directors Daniel Kwan and the original Daniel Scheinert hit hard in left field, everything everywhere at once, Leading all films with 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, who made history as the first overtly Asian nominee in the category (Merle Oberon was nominated in 1936 for dark angelHowever, she hid her Asian ancestry. Netflix war drama in German All Quiet on the Western Front, Meanwhile, it surprises with nine Oscar nods, one of which is Best Picture. The Academy sure loves war movies, right? Another delightful surprise was Angela Bassett earning a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for her role Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Brian Tyree Henry earned his first Oscar nod, in Best Supporting Actor, for a little promotion bridge And Paul Mescal earned his first Academy Award nomination, in Best Actor, as a tortured young father in The Movie after the sun.

Unlike last year, the Academy did a good job of nominating a diverse group of performers in most categories, though it failed to nominate two notable black contenders, Danielle Didwiller (until) and Viola Davis (The King’s Woman), in Best Actress, and not a single woman honoree in Best Director.

These were the five biggest insults to come out of this year’s Oscar nominations.

Tom Cruise

While Top Gun: Maverick Earning six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and a surprise nod for Best Adapted Screenplay, The Man Who Made Everything Run So Smooth failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Cruz is not only the biggest movie star in the world, and maybe even the last real star, but he also has a history of screwing up the academy. He has never won an Academy Award for acting, though he deserved to win Jerry Maguire And magnolia, He hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in over two decades. He’s only had three acting nods in his entire career (the two aforementioned films, plus Born on the 4th of July). Did Scientology’s hoaxes make Cruise disobey the academy? They certainly didn’t help.

Danielle Didwiller and Viola Davis

This year’s Academy Awards had the unfortunate distinction of honoring zero black actors in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, despite the number of well-deserved offers. The omissions are even more evident in Best Actress, where a pair of strong roles were expected to command recognition: Danielle Didwyler as Mamie Till, the murdered 14-year-old mother of Emmett Till, in until, and Viola Davis turned warrior general Nanisca, of Agojie, in The King’s Woman. Deadwyler and Davis were both active during the course of the campaign, but neither got approval. Deadwyler’s disdain is perhaps the most shocking, given the gravity of the role and how she rose to the occasion.

Female directors

Yes, it’s been another year where no women have been nominated for Best Director. I had hoped that Charlotte Wells would be recognized for her masterfully restrained driving after the sun, The heartbreakingly personal tale of a grieving young father (Mescal) and his 11-year-old daughter (Frankie Curio) who are spending a final summer vacation together in Turkey, but that’s not the case. Instead, Robin Ostlund received the nod for Sadness triangle In this writer’s opinion, one of last year’s most ostentatious films with a clich├ęd narrative. Perhaps Greta Gerwig will help right those wrongs with this summer’s Barbie.

Dolly de Leon

Talking about Sadness triangle The film has one saving grace: Dolly De Leon, who earned BAFTA and Golden Globe nods for her inspiring role as Abigail, a cleaning lady who becomes a tribal chief of sorts once a luxury yacht filled with some of the worst 1% of you we’ve laid eyes on capsizes, and finds The survivors themselves are abandoned on a remote island. With her sharp survival skills, de Leon turns the tables on these spoiled cowards, living in her own quarters inside a lifeboat and coaxing sex from Carl (Harris Dickinson), an insecure model, in exchange for special privileges. It was great to see De Leon, a veteran Filipino actress of stage and screen, to be recognized by the Academy for her tremendous efforts.


Paul Dano

Despite a two-decade career of outstanding performance, including in acclaimed films such as Little Miss Sunshine, there will be blood, And prisoners, Dano has yet to receive a single Academy Award nomination. He was thought of for his tender role as Bert Fabelman, the stern computer engineer and father to Sammy Fabelman in the Steven Spielberg biopic. Fablemans But it wasn’t to be. Which is a shame, given how recognizable some of the film’s operatic performances are while its strong and weak performances are not – besides Dano’s huge year, between this and the Riddler in Batman. Then again, Dano was also cruelly snubbed for his entire Beach Boys incarnation of Brian Wilson Love and compassion That should have netted him all the nominations under the sun.

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