Biggest surprises as nominees are announced

The Oscar nominations for 2023 have their fair share of surprise and disdain between them.  (Paramount/Universal/Disney/Mubi)

The Oscar nominations for 2023 have their fair share of surprise and disdain between them. (Paramount/Universal/Disney/Mubi)

Oscar nomination day. We now know which films will compete for the golden statuettes at the 95th Academy Awards in March. It’s a good day for fans of German war movies and the chaos of the multiverse, but bad news for anyone hoping to see Tom Cruise with an Oscar in hand.

What emerged as the big winner was Daniels’ all-round crazy drama Everything Everywhere All at Once, topping the nomination charts with 11 – including four from the Big Five categories.

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The black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin and the Netflix war drama All Quiet on the Western Front – fresh from their surprise debut in Bafta – each had a good day, grabbing nine nominations. It also had huge nominations for rock n roll biopic Elvis (eight), Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans (seven), and blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick (six).

Read more: Everything we know about the 2023 Oscars

But as we delve into the 2023 Oscar nominations, let’s take a look at the surprise winners and shocking condescensions…

SNUB: Cruise misses Top Gun: Maverick despite love

It was a mixed day for the Oscar nomination Top Gun: Maverick. On the one hand, the film won the Best Picture award and a surprise Best Original Screenplay award, increasing its chances for the grand prize. However, one of the biggest awards the film had hoped to compete in fell by the wayside when Cruise was removed from the Best Actor shortlist. He’ll have to wait a little longer for the first Oscar.

However, with four of the five Best Actor names more or less planted, it was interesting to see who took that final position ahead of Cruise.

SURPRISE: Riseborough and Mescal are preparing their lead cast lists

Andrea Riseborough and Paul Mescal made surprise additions to the lead actor categories in their Oscar nominations.  (WireImage/Getty)

Andrea Riseborough and Paul Mescal made surprise additions to the lead actor categories in their Oscar nominations. (WireImage/Getty)

The position of Fifth Best Actor was deemed too high for grabs today, but it was the low-budget British drama Aftersun that secured it for lead Paul Mescal. Mostly unknown until he starred in the locked-down television hit Normal People, Mescal gives a phenomenal performance as a young father on vacation with his daughter in Charlotte Wells’ feature film debut. Admirable for a great movie and a great actor at heart.

Something even weirder happened in Best Actress. After an unconventional grassroots campaign driven largely by celebrity social media accounts, Andrea Riseborough was nominated for the role of a Texan alcoholic in To Leslie. The film sank without a trace when it was released, but thanks to the support of people like Gwyneth Paltrow, Edward Norton and fellow nominee Cate Blanchett, Riseborough made it to the shortlist.

SNUB: Danielle Deadwyler loses Best Actress nomination

Danielle Deadwyler plays civil rights activist Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley in the powerful drama Till.  (Universal/Orion)

Danielle Deadwyler plays civil rights activist Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley in the powerful drama Till. (Universal/Orion)

With the surprise inclusion of both Riseborough and Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans, the Best Actress category has become a kind of minefield for high-profile disdain. One of the biggest contenders for most of this awards season has been Danielle Deadwyler, who gave an intense and thoughtful performance as Mamie Till-Mobley, the mother of the lynched teenage Emmett Till, in the stunning historical drama Till.

Deadwyler’s omission is one of the biggest understatements of the day, and alongside Viola Davis, who missed out on her role in The Woman King, it resulted in an alarming absence of Black women in the category. The performances were definitely there this year; They just weren’t nominated.

SURPRISE: Stephanie Hsu snatches Supporting Actress slot

Stephanie Hsu polished the road to the Oscars with Everything Everywhere All at Once.  (A24)

Stephanie Hsu polished the road to the Oscars with Everything Everywhere All at Once. (A24)

One of the biggest conundrums of this awards season has been the decision of nearly every major award organization to nominate Jamie Lee Curtis for her supporting role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, while avoiding Stephanie Hsu. As the daughter of Michelle Yeoh’s character, the young star’s performance is challenging, emotionally strong and very entertaining.

Fortunately, the Oscars are supporting this trend by nominating both Hsu and Curtis in the Best Supporting Actress category alongside lead actress Angela Bassett for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Kerry Condon for The Banshees of Inisherin, and Hong Chau for The Whale. choosed.

SNUB: Avatar out of the race after key nominations were missed

Blockbuster movies always have a bit of a rough time at the Oscars, but James Cameron’s Avatar sequel, which recently grossed $2 billion (£1.6 billion) at the global box office, was thought to be an outlier. The first movie was shot by The Hurt Locker at the 2010 ceremony, but many believed the sequel could get the acclaim that its predecessor didn’t.

The Way of Water is theoretically in the race and won Best Picture as well as a number of technical accolades. However, James Cameron was scorned for Best Director, the script went unrecognized, and failed to receive a single acting draft.

It also failed to receive the Best Editing nomination, which has historically been a Best Picture prerequisite. In the last 40 years of Oscar ceremonies, only two films that were not nominated for fiction have won Best Picture. Fortunately for Avatar, one of them was last year’s history-making win for CODA, so perhaps the situation is reversed.

SURPRISE: Triangle of Sadness approves Picture and Director

Ruben Östlund’s satirical comedy Triangle of Sorrow looked like a major prize contender when it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year. She’s been out of the race for a bit over the months, and when Dolly De Leon wasn’t nominated for Best Supporting Actress today, awards season looked like it was over.

However, the film was shortlisted for Best Picture, and Östlund was nominated for its original screenplay. But the biggest shock was that Östlund placed one of the five coveted Best Director slots ahead of the likes of Cameron. Could this be the black horse competitor of the night?

SNUB: The Woman King and She Said are completely closed

The Woman King and She Said received zero Oscar nominations.  (Sony/Universal)

The Woman King and She Said received zero Oscar nominations. (Sony/Universal)

This year’s Oscar nominations haven’t had much success for big movies with female leads. Two of its biggest losses were the historical epic The Woman King and the journalistic drama She Said, which both missed completely. While The Female King received a hot tip for Viola Davis to get the Best Actress award, She Said could easily have given an acting nod to both Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan.

However, both films left empty-handed. Two extremely valuable stories went unanswered, the story of an all-female military contingent in West Africa and the journalists who overthrew Harvey Weinstein, which is truly embarrassing.

SURPRISE: Henry and Hirsch beat Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne missed an Oscar nomination for his role as the villain in The Good Nurse.  (Netflix)

Eddie Redmayne missed an Oscar nomination for his role as the villain in The Good Nurse. (Netflix)

While Angela Bassett and Ke Huy Quan were the clear winners, a pair of unpredictable support categories this year brought some surprises. Eddie Redmayne has consistently featured in this year’s race thanks to his performance as serial killer Charles Cullen in the Netflix true crime drama The Good Nurse. But it was completely ignored when it comes to Oscar nominations.

Instead, the Best Supporting Actor category featured Brian Tyree Henry’s work with Jennifer Lawrence in the humble drama Causeway and Judd Hirsch’s brief but memorable appearance in The Fabelmans. The latter is a particularly welcome addition, given the burst of energy the star provides when she appears in the movie.

SNUB: Decision to Leave fails to qualify for International Feature list

Park Chan-wook's noir film Decision to Leave failed to make the Best International Feature shortlist.  (Mubi)

Park Chan-wook’s noir film Decision to Leave failed to make the Best International Feature Film shortlist. (Mubi)

The award for Best International Feature was full of surprises this year, and it nonetheless backed Irish drama The Quiet Girl. But the Academy left out a really big hitter in the form of South Korea’s choice – Park Chan-wook’s delightfully seductive detective story Decision to Leave.

The story of a detective falling in love with a murder suspect is beautifully told, but it won’t make it to the Oscars. Presumably this leaves the road clear for All Quiet on the Western Front to win.

SURPRISE: Talking Women wins Best Picture

Sarah Polley’s Women Talking was expected to be a major awards season actress, focusing on a group of women who come together to discuss what to do about sexual assaults among Mennonite communities. However, it is mostly completely compressed.

Surprisingly, the film landed on the Best Picture shortlist, surpassing well-known films like The Whale and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Polley was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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