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Few snubs, big surprises in 95th Academy Award Nominations

Academy Award nominations show almost no change from other award shows this season with only a few surprise substitutions.

A photo of the stage with a human-sized Oscar award and the "Oscars 95" logo.

The 95th Academy Awards nominations came out this morning, rounding up this year’s awards season. There weren’t too many snubs in each category; however, there were some surprises. This year might not have the strongest slate of films compared to previous years, but the front runners have been a lock for some time in multiple categories.

Let’s start with one of the biggest surprises of the day. Nobody in the awards sphere had “To Leslie’s” Andrea Riseborough getting a nomination over Viola Davis for “The Woman King” or Danielle Deadwyler for “Till” for Best Actress. This is Riseborough’s third nomination for this film following nods from the Independent Spirit Awards and the Chicago Film Critics Association this season. it’s next to impossible to see her winning over current frontrunners Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett, and yet, stranger things have happened.

Neither “The Woman King” nor “Till” got a nomination this year. “The Woman King” made a case for Best Picture after a successful box office run and was thought to make Makeup and Costumes, but the Academy went in a different direction.

“To Leslie” was another South By Southwest premiere with Best Picture frontrunner “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Riseborough, her team and the team behind “To Leslie” went on one of the most successful Oscar campaigns in recent history, after it opened to rave reviews and is currently at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, went from being a festival darling to an Oscar nominee.

Maybe Netflix should take some notes from this campaign.

This year the company has very little footprint. Ana De Armas somehow snuck in a nomination after “Blonde” was nominated for two Razzies. However, she was nominated for a SAG award, which is pretty good momentum for an Oscar nomination.

“Glass Onion” also got the boot from the Best Picture race, which isn’t too surprising. “Glass Onion” is almost on par with the original “Knives Out” film, but not quite topping it. On the other hand, Rian Johnson definitely deserves his nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, though he probably won’t win.

Netflix’s current contender is “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It received nine nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Picture, Cinematography, International Feature Film and Picture. It was kind of expected as a World War I epic, but it’s probably only in the conversation for Cinematography. Netflix will likely walk away with only one Oscar this season, if they’re lucky.

Another movie that didn’t get love this year at the Oscars is “Babylon,” and despite the film’s Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations, neither Margot Robbie nor Brad Pitt received nominations. It’s not so shocking since the individual actors didn’t receive nominations for the SAG Awards even though they got a nod for Best Performance by a Cast. While the acting branch nominated the acting awards and the producing branch nominated Best Picture, it was a surprise not to see Babylon get a nomination for Best Picture. It just goes to show that not every movie about movies is a shoo-in. Luckily there is no chance for a reprise of the infamous “La La Land” fiasco.

The Best Picture nomination went as expected. Following a push for India’s film submission, “RRR” didn’t get another nomination. People were hoping for a “Parasite”-like win for the film, but Hollywood isn’t ready to let Bollywood outshine on Oscar night, so it wasn’t a shock when “RRR” didn’t get a nomination for Best Picture.

Surprisingly, “Triangle of Sadness” made the list. It won the Palme D’or at Canne but didn’t get traction following the festival. It also received a nomination for Best Director, beating out Joseph Kosinski for “Top Gun: Maverick.” Neither nomination shakes up the respective front runners, but it’s nice to see a smaller indie film make both categories.

As per the Best Director category, men dominated again. It was a crowded field with James Cameron and Rian Johnson notably not getting nods. However, the Academy did not nominate any women directors. It was hard to see Sarah Polly, Maria Schrader and Gina Prince-Bythewood making it without their respective films being nominated for Best Picture. However, I definitely see Polly take home the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay.

See the full list of nominations here.