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While a number of Oscar hopefuls are cheering after their names were read during Tuesday morning’s nominations announcement, other individuals and films considered to be contenders found themselves out in the cold.
Wonder Woman was completely shut out by the Academy, even in the technical categories, despite being one of the highest-grossing films of the year and receiving acclaim from a number of critics groups and awards organizations. Also shut out despite receiving early-season awards attention and Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Critics’ Choice nominations was Battle of the Sexes, about the historic tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell, respectively.
James Franco was considered by pundits likely to land a best actor nod for his work in The Disaster Artist despite facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations, but he wasn’t included among this year’s five nominees.
Other surprise omissions included The Post helmer Steven Spielberg in the best director category; The Post star Tom Hanks in the best actor category; Call Me by Your Name‘s Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg in the supporting actor category; Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3 in the animated feature category; Downsizing‘s Hong Chau and Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish, who helped announce this year’s nominations, in the best supporting actress category; and I, Tonya in the best picture category.
While Hanks is a two-time Academy Award winner, he hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since 2001, winning both of his awards in 1994 and 1995. Spielberg, who was nominated as a producer on The Post, received his last best director nomination in 2013, for helming Lincoln. He last won the best director prize in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan.
And even though Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri landed seven nominations, including for best picture, best actress (Frances McDormand) and best supporting actor (Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson), the film’s helmer, Martin McDonagh, was left out of the best director field.
In the Fade and Foxtrot not scoring best foreign-language film nominations and Jane not landing a best documentary nomination were also surprises after those films picked up awards in equivalent categories from other groups.
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