Bradley Cooper may have directed A Star Is Born to eight Oscar nominations, including one for himself as best actor, but he wasn’t recognized by the Academy for his directing, just one of a handful of surprising omissions from Oscar nominations morning.
Cooper wasn’t the only high-profile best director hopeful (and expected nominee) left out of that category, with Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler and Green Book‘s Peter Farrelly also failing to earn best director nods along with Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Paul Schrader (First Reformed). And the Academy again failed to nominate any women for best director, an award for which only five female directors have been nominated, with Kathryn Bigelow remaining the only winner, for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
Cooper was previously nominated twice by the Directors Guild for his work helming A Star Is Born and for best director at the BAFTA Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes. Farrelly was nominated for best director at the Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe Awards.
Other high-profile acting hopefuls who failed to score anticipated Oscar nominations this year include John David Washington, not nominated for best actor for his work in BlacKkKlansman; Claire Foy (First Man), Margot Robbie (Mary Queen of Scots) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) left out of the best supporting actress nominees, with Blunt additionally failing to earn a best actress nod for her starring turn in Mary Poppins Returns; the cast of Black Panther, which failed to receive any acting nominations; and Brian Tyree Henry and Timothee Chalamet, not nominated for best supporting actor for their work in If Beale Street Could Talk and Beautiful Boy, respectively. Beautiful Boy failed to earn any nominations from the Academy.
Also failing to earn Oscar nominations were high-profile hopefuls Crazy Rich Asians, Ben Is Back, Boy Erased, Eighth Grade, The Rider, Sorry to Bother You and Widows, with John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place only earning one nod, for sound editing. Crazy Rich Asians was previously nominated for the Producers Guild’s top award, two Golden Globes and four Critics’ Choice awards, winning the prize for best comedy and scored a best cast nod at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the SAG Awards’ equivalent of best picture.
In terms of other specific category omissions, A Quiet Place and First Man were left out of best score, Bohemian Rhapsody was left out of best makeup and hairstyling, South Korea’s Burning was left out of best foreign-language film and Dumplin‘s Dolly Parton song, “Girl in the Movies,” was left out of best original song.