Tuning in every morning of the Oscars nominations wasn’t all to enjoy the presenters fumbling their way through a long list of names (although the highlight of Tuesday’s announcement was the cute Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams enjoying a laugh at the animated short film’s nominee). Dix year). No, cause for excitement to see what kind of benders the Oscars unleashed this year’s awards season, from overlooking great dramatic achievements to appreciating artists we thought might have been overlooked.
Everyone’s mileage is different—one person’s risk is another’s saying “Oh, thank you Allah They did not nominate that. But here are some of the highlights from the morning’s big announcement—films we wish made the cuts, and nominations that left us shocked but delighted.
Surprise: All Quiet on the Western Front It was very noisy
The famous German adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s iconic novel was considered a lock for Best International Film, but with nine nominations, it’s also proven to be a strong contender in technical categories such as make-up and hairstyling, cinematography, sound, and visual effects, so one to catch up on right away, if you miss it. The original premiere on Netflix.
Snoop: Sorry, Taylor
Taylor Swift already had two projects in the mix for a potential nomination, as she spent some time last fall campaigning It’s All Right: The Short Film for a possible short nod to live action. Goal well It failed to make the Oscars shortlist, and its original song “Carolina” Where the Cordads sing It was also left out of the conversation as morning nominations.
Surprise: The Academy hasn’t forgotten Stephanie Hsu
While Everything everywhere at onceThe nominations of Michelle Yeoh, Ke Hui Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis were highly anticipated across the board, and Stephanie Hsu’s work was not overlooked as chaos incarnate. (Voters may have known better than to tempt Jobo Tobaki’s wrath.)
Snoop: The academy forgot The King’s Woman
Gina Prince-Bythwood’s drama about West African Dahomey warriors stars as a former winner wrestler when you watch it, but even former Academy Award winner Viola Davis couldn’t gain traction in the lead actress category.