Oscars Snubs: 'Hidden Figures,' 'Lion,' 'Hell or High Water' Shut Out

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'Hidden Figures'

Meanwhile, 'Arrival' only won one award, for best sound editing, after being up for eight Oscars.

Hidden Figures went into Sunday night's Oscars up for three awards, including the top prize of best picture, where some suspected the film about African-American women working at NASA could pull off an upset.

Well, there was a surprise with the best picture winner, but it wasn't that Hidden Figures won. That film just last month won the SAG Awards' equivalent of best picture — outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture — over best picture Oscar winner Moonlight and almost-winner La La Land, which wasn't nominated for the ensemble award.

Also going home empty-handed after this year's Oscars were Lion, up for six awards; Hell or High Water, nominated for four; Jackie, up for three; and two-time nominees Deepwater Horizon, Florence Foster Jenkins, Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Passengers and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Meanwhile, Arrival only won one award, for best sound editing, after receiving eight nominations, tied with Moonlight, which won three awards, for the second-most nominations this year.

In terms of individual awards, Denzel Washington lost out on the best actor award a number of pundits expected him to win, particularly after he nabbed the SAG Award for best actor, which predicted the winner in the equivalent Oscar category for the past 13 years in a row. Casey Affleck instead took that prize.

There's also a reason why it didn't seem too shocking when La La Land was initially (and mistakenly) announced as the best picture winner — many pundits had the film as the likely winner of the Oscars' top prize. It received 14 nominations and the previous films that received that many (All About Eve and Titanic) also won the top prize, and La La Land had previously won top prizes at the Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critic's Choice and Producers Guild Awards.

 

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