Prepare To Have A Conniption Over These Oscar Snubs & Surprises

Now that the official list of Oscar nominations has been released, we can turn our attention to the important thing: The creators, actors, and works that the Academy ignored.

Overall, the ballot this year isn't that surprising. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was an obvious fave, and Gary Oldman continues to get attention for his role in The Darkest Hour. (He played Winston Churchill. What can we say? The people love Churchill performances.) The Shape of Water also won big in terms of every award, mostly because the movie is both technically ambitious and emotionally driven. It was nominated for visual effects, production design, and performances and best picture. Let's give it up for the fish-sex movie!

Given that we sort of already knew who would be nominated, we aren't overwhelmed with the list. There are a few important ones — read about them, ahead — but for the most part, the Academy's choices line up evenly with who we wanted to see take the statues. There were, however, some surprises. The Academy has to keep us on our toes, right?

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Snub: Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name

After months of campaigning with his equally charming co-star Timothée Chalamet, Hammer was passed over for a Supporting Actor nod. This was supposed to be the year of Armie Hammer. Alas, the Academy decided otherwise.
Surprise: Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. Plummer was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Ridley Scott's picture. It's a weird nomination, mainly because Plummer only filmed for a matter of weeks. He stepped in to replace Kevin Spacey after Spacey was accused of sexual assault in October. You have to wonder: Would Spacey have been nominated for this role? Or is this just a bone tossed in Ridley Scott's direction.
Snub: Dee Rees for Best Directing, Mudbound

When the Golden Globes nominated all men for Best Director at the 2018 ceremony, Hollywood balked. Natalie Portman even made a statement about it at the Globes. So, we hopes that the Oscars would right that wrong. Greta Gerwig received a nomination, so the category isn't all male, but Dee Rees, a woman of color, did not.
Surprise: The Boss Baby

Did I expect to be writing about The Boss Baby in January of 2018 because it just received an Oscar nomination? Absolutely not. But here we are. If you want to watch it, the movie is on Netflix.
Snub: The Big Sick

Though it was nominated for best screenplay, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's autobiographical film didn't get a nod for Best Picture. In my opinion, the movie could have taken the place of The Post, a fine but predictable film.
Surprise: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

The veteran director has actually never been nominated for best director, so this nod is a new one for him. He did receive a Golden Globe nomination for best director, but this still feels like a surprise, mainly because after some momentum, Dunkirk failed to capture the public's attention in the latter half of 2017.
Snub: Tom Hanks, The Post

Okay, The Post was a fine movie. But Tom Hanks? He was great in it, as was Meryl Streep. Streep received her 21st nomination this morning for her role as Katherine Graham, but Hanks received nothing for his role as the Post editor Ben Bradlee. Hanx deserved better.
Snub: Steven Spielberg, The Post

The director earned a nod at the Golden Globes, but not at the Oscars. In my eyes, this snub is acceptable — The Post was blah! — but many expected Spielberg to get attention for his blockbuster about the Washington Post, especially given the political context.
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