It felt almost like old times this morning even as Leslie Jordan and Tracee Ellis Ross led the virtual announcement of the nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards.
For King Richard’s Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis, Being the Ricardos’ Javier Bardem and Nicole Kidman, and The Power of the Dog and Drive My Car directors Jane Campion and Ryusuke Hamaguchi, it was another step forward in a near true Hollywood story as contenders for the big prizes on March 27 on ABC as the Oscars return to the Dolby Theatre. However, for the locked out likes of Passing’s Ruth Negga and House of Gucci’s Lady Gaga, it’ll probably take more than a couple of cups of coffee to make them want to get out of bed with a spring in their step this February AM.
Take a look at our list of who got left out in the cold today by the nearly 10,000 eligible Academy voters and who unexpectedly made the cut. Also, as we say every year, send us your suggestions of who we may have overlooked.
Lady Gaga – House of Gucci’s big push focused on its leading lady. However, the past Oscar, BAFTA, and Grammy winner was left out in high fashion this morning
Ruth Negga – The Passing star looked a lock for a Best Supporting Actress category, but the former nominee was distinctly passed over Tuesday
Leonardo DiCaprio – Despite a sincere effort, the previous Oscar winner just couldn’t get Oscar voters to take a real look at his work in satire Don’t Look Up.
Caitriona Balfe – The Belfast matriarch was considered the closest thing to a sure thing this award season. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members spurned that conventional wisdom.
Sing 2 – Even adding Bono to the mix with the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson still left the animated Universal sequel silent.
Denis Villeneuve – Dune got a Best Picture nomination and more today, yet the acclaimed director of the epic based on Frank Herbert’s sprawling classic was sandbagged.
Rita Moreno – Lots of love for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, but the historic opportunity of a new nomination for the EGOT star of the 1961 original and the 2021 version didn’t even get air kisses
Mahershala Ali – Even though he played two characters often on-screen at the same time in Swan Song, the two-time Oscar winner’s first feature leading man role in AppleTV+’s sci-fi drama just didn’t it the right notes to get the votes.
“Automatic Woman” – Van Hunt, Starrah and H.E.R.’s shortlisted Best Original Song from Halle Berry’s Bruised kicks ass, but was kicked to the curb today.
Frances Louise McDormand – The icon played Lady Macbeth! One year after snagging another Oscar for Nomandland, the Tragedy of Macbeth actress was nowhere to be found this morning.
Judi Dench – Everyone expected Belfast to do well this morning, but the legendary past Oscar winner has been pretty much left out of the accolades for the Kenneth Branagh penned and directed film — until today with her latest Best Supporting Actress nom.
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