Looks like the 91st Academy Awards won’t have a traditional host like in past years but for some this morning not hearing their names read out in the nominations announcement by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani was the real shocker.
Kicking off the first round of nominations, the black-ish star admitted that she had never watched the early AM announcement before and perhaps Bradley Cooper, Timothee Chalamet and a few others wish they hadn’t either.
Check out our list of the most noteworthy people and projects that didn’t get any love from the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences today. And please tell us who you think we and AMPAS overlooked.
Host or not, the Oscars will be presented live on February 24 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET on ABC.
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born snagged nominations for Best Picture, Best Song, and Best Actress for Lady Gaga as well as a Best Actor for Cooper himself but the early morning sky did not shine with a Best Director nomination.
Timothee Chalamet – Things were not so beautiful with Academy voters for the acclaimed Beautiful Boy actor after all.
Julia Roberts – Ben Is Back didn’t bring this past Oscar winner back to the AMPAS voters.
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther is up for Best Picture but the past Sundance winner who helmed the barrier-breaking Marvel flick was left behind.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Past Oscar winner Morgan Neville’s touching and insightful docu portrait of Fred Rogers was a true crowd pleaser but clearly the Academy didn’t want to drop by for a visit, which is just not very nice.
Barry Jenkins – Sure, there was a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination of the James Baldwin work, but the Moonlight helmer heard nothing this morning for his directing efforts on If Beale Street Could Talk.
The Rider – Chloe Zhao’s sophomore effort was a stunning depiction of the modern American West with non-actors taking the reins. Yet what was a great ride for the National Society of Film Critics was stuck in the paddock for Oscar voters.
Ethan Hawke – Prayers and a damn good performance were not enough for the First Reformed actor.
First Man – Today was not a giant leap for the Damien Chazelle-helmed Neil Armstrong flick.
Crazy Rich Asians – With eight nominations in the Best Picture category, don’t tell me there wasn’t room for this breakthrough charmer – especially with that great turn by Michelle Yeoh.
Emily Blunt – Somewhere between A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns you’d think the clearly campaigning actress would have hit the right note with AMPAS voters.
Brian Tyree Henry – The Atlanta and Broadway alum was stunning in If Beale Street Could Talk but no Oscar love was spoken.
Women directors – Not one, not a single woman among the list of Best Director nominees. Really Hollywood? No Mimi Leder? No Karyn Kusama? No Chloe Zhao? Really?
Peter Farrelly – Green Book got a Best Picture nom but the director who brought it to the screen was snubbed. That doesn’t read right.
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman cleaned up with nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and more but the name of its strong main man was not part of the shout out.
A Quiet Place – The John Krasinski directed and starring film got the silent treatment for the most part.
Michael B. Jordan – He was briefly king of Wakanda but the Black Panther actor did not get to take the Oscar throne in what should have been a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
Margot Robbie – The I, Tanya nominee was not to reign for her turn as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary, Queen of Scots today.
Three Identical Strangers – This almost unbelievable true story of a trio of brothers was a total stranger to Oscars this morning.