A congested awards season rolled into the final stretch Tuesday with nominations unveiled for the 96th Academy Awards. For some, it starts the race to the opening of those envelopes onstage at the Dolby Theatre in March. For others, it’s a non-starter.
No surprise to many, the words Oppenheimer and Barbie were uttered several times as Zazie Beetz and Jack Quaid, who is in both the multiple nominated Christopher Nolan-directed picture and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, divulged this morning who is in the running for Oscar glory. Along with the Nolan- and Greta Gerwig-helmed films, Killers of the Flower Moon‘s Lily Gladstone, Rustin’s Colman Domingo and Barbie’s America Ferrera were also given prize spots by the almost 11,000 voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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With nominations in all 23 categories now out, the final round of voting will take place February 22-27. Winners of Hollywood’s biggest honor will be revealed March 10 on the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony on ABC.
Until then, dive into our take on who was dramatically overlooked this morning, and who distinguished themselves from the pack. As always, AMPAS voters and others, tell us who we overlooked too.
MARGOT ROBBIE – Last year it was Babylon, this year it’s Barbie. Seems the talented actress needs to stay away from roles that are in movies that start with a B. Clearly that’s the only explanation why the SAG Award nominee and I, Tonya Oscar nominee from 2017 was left out of the race today.
SALTBURN – All those Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations meant nothing as the Emerald Fennell- directed dark comedy was truly burned by the Academy.
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The well-deserved Oscar love for Killers of the Flower Moon’s Lily Gladstone did not extend to the former Oscar winner who portrayed her deceitful and whelp husband. Already given a pass in the SAG Awards nominations, this snub of Leo is a bit of a crime unto itself.
FANTASIA – The Color Purple actress was fantastic in the Blitz Bazawule-directed musical. Golden Globe and BAFTA voters thought so too with nominations for the Grammy winner. Strikingly, not so much with AMPAS voters.
ANDREW SCOTT – Fleabag’s Hot Priest was not even lukewarm with Academy voters for his arresting All of Us Strangers performance.
GRETA GERWIG – Barbie must be tickled pink with its Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations. Yet, AMPAS voters, a question: Do you think the beloved and rule-breaking blockbuster directed itself? Asking for a friend.
ORIGIN – Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed adaption of Isabel Wilkerson’s bestseller Caste has been running a guerrilla campaign for months with big names like Regina King and Angelina Jolie casting their lot with the film and star Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. Sadly, the root was not able to bear Oscar fruit.
GRETA LEE – The Past Lives star was given a pass, even as the film itself garnered Best Picture and Original Screenplay nominations.
PEDRO ALMODÓVAR – The Spanish auteur’s 30-minute cowboy love story Strange Way of Life had the star power of Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal, but nada in the Live-Action Short category this morning.
LENNY KRAVITZ – No one can take away the power of Domingo scoring a Best Actor nomination for Rustin, but despite being the tune on everyone’s list, Kravitz’s “Road to Freedom” proved a road to nowhere Oscar-wise.
STILL: A MICHAEL J. FOX MOVIE – Davis Guggenheim’s documentary about the Back To the Future star’s life, career and fight with Parkinson’s disease lit up Sundance at this time last year and received seven Emmy nominations. Oddly, the film didn’t register with Academy voters.
JULIANNE MOORE – When it came to Best Supporting Actress, it just wasn’t the year for the May December star.
STERLING K. BROWN – There are a lot of Emmys on the This Is Us actor’s shelf, and the American Fiction star has received Golden Globes and SAG Award noms as well. However, the Oscar recognition today for Brown’s tremendous turn in the Cord Jefferson-directed drama is fittingly the real deal.
ANNETTE BENING – With her fifth Academy Award nomination, the Nyad star is fittingly in the Best Actress pool and poised to give it the last one, fast one.
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