Snubs & Surprises Of The 2019 Oscar Nominations

The Playlist | 1/22/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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Well, that was certainly a WTF kind of morning for Oscar nominations, with a lot of snubs and definitely some surprises. The biggest omissions surely being the overall lack of “First Man” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” both missing out on Best Picture and other key awards. Alas, here’s the full list of what we feel are the biggest surprises and snubs of this morning’s nominations.

The writing was on the wall. Unlike “La La Land,” a massive hit In 2016, Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” astronaut epic hadn’t caught on with audiences at the box office which is strange because it’s almost like what would have happened if Christopher Nolan had made the same film. Awards season trudged on and “First Man” looked like it was going to fail to launch properly and yet, many Oscar prognosticators thought, “Well, the Academy does their own thing and it could sneak up on all of us.” It wasn’t meant to be and the film was ignored in all the big categories, but to be fair, earned four nominations in technical categories including taking a Best Visual Effects spot from “Black Panther” which is relatively a big deal. So yes, “First Man” was admired on a technical level, but it didn’t seem to connect with anyone on an emotional one, unfortunately. Many predicted Claire Foy taking a Best Actress nomination (Greg did in his predictions), but she was also left stranded on the moon.

Picture - Moonlight - Eyes - Writer/director - Barry

After winning Best Picture in 2016 for “Moonlight,” all eyes were on writer/director Barry Jenkins again. Could he do it again with “If Beale Street Could Talk?” He could and did, the movie is fabulous. Gaining awards favor is another conversation though and throughout the awards season, ‘Beale Street’ never penetrated in the same way as “Moonlight” or the way...
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