The 2019 Oscar nominations have been announced. Here are the five biggest snubs from this year’s field of nominees.
Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the field for the 2019 Oscar nominations are set! Actors Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross were on hand to announce the nominations at a press conference in Hollywood early Tuesday morning.
The Oscar nominations always come with surprises and excitement, but the biggest storylines that stand out are the snubs. Just like every year, there are a few glaring omissions from the acting and film categories. Here are the five biggest snubs.
Bradley Cooper for Best Director
What a difference a few months make. When Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born was released back in October, the film received universal acclaim across the board and many critics predicted that A Star Is Born would be nominated for multiple Oscars.
Well, A Star Is Born was nominated for eight Oscars, but surprisingly, Cooper was not nominated for Best Director. Up until this point, Cooper was consistently nominated for directing at other major award shows, such as the Golden Globes and Directors Guild Awards.
If Beale Street Could Talk for Best Picture
If Barry Jenkins wants to win another Oscar for Best Picture, it will have to happen another year! The movie If Beale Street Could Talk was surprisingly shut out of the Best Picture nominations. Jenkins’ followup to Moonlight drew positive reviews and received nominations for Supporting Actress, Original Score, and Adapted Screenplay. However, the love story set in 1970s Harlem was left out of Best Picture, which will not sit well with many critics.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? for Best Documentary Feature
We’re sorry, Mr. Rogers. One of the most successful, critically acclaimed, and profitable documentaries of 2018 will not be featured at the 2019 Oscars. Arguably the biggest snub of the year, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was not nominated for Best Documentary Feature. The film about the life of Mr. Fred Rogers grossed $22 million at the box office, which is the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all-time.
Ethan Hawke for Best Actor
Ethan Hawke is one of the most well-respected actors in Hollywood. Despite a career full of many hits such as Before Sunrise and Boyhood, the 48-year-old has never won an Oscar. Unfortunately, Hawke will have to try again next year as the actor was left out of the Best Acting category for his performance in First Reformed.
In First Reformed, Hawke played a Protestant minister who battles with issues over tragedy, morality, and worldly concerns at his historical church in upstate New York. First Reformed and Hawke wound up on many critics’ Top 10 lists for 2018, but the actor will not be an Oscar nominee this year.
Emily Blunt for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress
Emily Blunt had a fantastic year as an actress both critically and commercially. Two of her films, A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns, received spectacular reviews and combined to gross over $600 million at the box office. For her roles in both movies, Blunt picked up various best actress and best supporting actress nominations from awards shows such as the Golden Globes, SAGs, and Critics’ Choice awards. However, Blunt was shut out for Best Actress in Mary Poppins Returns and Best Supporting Actress in A Quiet Place.
What are your choices for biggest snubs? Leave your thoughts in the comments! For the entire list of nominations, click here.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 24, on ABC.