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Oscar nominations 2024: The biggest insults and surprises

The Oscar nominations arrived on Tuesday, an early morning wake-up call that was greeted in some rooms with all sorts of jumping, mostly for joy, maybe of a furious kind. For others, the break of day was like the atomic bomb test sequence in «Oppenheimer» — an irrevocable countdown leading to oblivion. Do you think it’s hard to be Ken? Try to be just Golden Globe nomination. That, my friends, is an existential crisis.

Of course, in a perfect world it would be possible cherry jubilee for each. But that’s the Oscars, not the «Critics» Choice Awards, a show where the categories and nominations are as rich as they are hot dogs in «May December». The Oscars limit the number of nominees to five in each category, which always leads to some surprises and omissions — some terrible, some understandable.

For the sake of alliteration and search engine optimization, we’ll call these oversights «contempt», although the voters probably meant no ill will, unless it was the person at my screening of «Saltburn» who started screaming in agony when Barry Keoghan took a cloudy sip. water in the bath to the last drop. This is personal. They will carry that grudge to their grave.

But let’s not stop there. Let’s move on to the twists and surprises of the nominations for the 96th Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 10.

SNUB: Greta Gerwig, «Barbie» (Director)

No! Not again! Four years after she was overlooked for her work behind the camera for «Little Women,» Gerwig was snubbed again by academy directors, this time for «Barbie.» You’d think making a movie that grossed over $1.4 billion at the box office, garnered rave reviews, and launched a thousand ideas would be worthy of a nomination.

SURPRISE: Justine Triet, «Anatomy of a Fall» (Director)

«Anatomy of a Fall» won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and since then Triet has only managed to accelerate in France, which chose another film («Taste of Things») for its international feature. I imagine the selection committee is now regretting that decision, as Triet’s twisted legal thriller earned a Best Picture nomination along with nods for lead actress Sandra Hüller and a screenplay written by Triet and her partner, filmmaker Arthur Harari. By all means, start it steel drum cover «PIMP» 50 cents celebrate. But stay off the roof of your house.

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SNUB: «The Color Purple» (Image)

Perhaps it was the late arrival that shortened the runway for showing the film for some of the guilds. Maybe voters felt they didn’t need another «The Color False,» even though it was an adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical and not an update of Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film. If you saw it with an audience, you couldn’t help but let get absorbed in his story and his energy. It wasn’t a movie to watch on the couch, which too many members of the Academy did. And once the cast members started criticizes poor working conditions on stage and low payment, the narrative shifted, with media reports focusing on the controversy instead of the film’s successes. «It started well with strong reviews, but then all you heard was complaints,» says a source close to the film. “It overshadowed the movie.

SURPRISE: Colman Domingo, «Rustin» (lead actor) The purpose of the biopic «Rustin» was to introduce viewers to the work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, the man who helped organize the March on Washington, the landmark demonstration in 1963 where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. uttered his “I have dream speech. The film was packed with exposition along with long monologues and lots of exciting speech. And it worked because Domingo was a speaking actor. Sometimes at the Oscars, all an actor needs is a biopic with a few good speeches and a scene or two to soften voters’ hearts.

Robert De Niro talks to Leonardo DiCaprio "Killers of the Flower Moon."

Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in Killers of the Flower Moon.

(Melinda Sue Gordon/Apple)

SNUB: Leonardo DiCaprio, «Killers of the Flower Moon» (lead actor)

It feels like the year the Academy snubbed DiCaprio for playing a debauched, depraved plantation owner in Quentin Tarantino’s «Django Unchained.» Then and now, DiCaprio earned a Golden Globe nomination but failed to secure a spot at the SAG Awards and then suffered a similar fate to the Oscars, even though most pundits had him do it. The «Killers» campaign was so focused on DiCaprio’s co-star Lily Gladstone that it was taken for granted that voters reflexively ticked the box next to his name. Many voters I spoke to could not understand his character’s behavior. He loves his wife… but wants to murder her and wipe out her family? Yes! It’s messy. But Oscar voters like their villains to be a little less complicated.

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SURPRISE: Sterling K. Brown, «American Fiction» (Supporting Actor)

Brown’s big turn as a cosmetic surgeon whose wife leaves him after discovering he’s having affairs with men brings a beautiful chaos to «American Fiction» and a real sense of poignancy later in the film in scenes with Jeffrey Wright. Voters rewarded both actors.

SNUB: Margot Robbie, «Barbie» (lead actress)

A few months ago, I wrote that the only thing that could prevent Robbie from being nominated would be if the voters couldn’t appreciate the level of difficulty of what she did in the film – the comic timing, the emotional depth she brings to the character. , precise body control needed to play with a plastic doll. And we’re at the academy, once again discounting great comedy acting.

SURPRISE: America Ferrera, «Barbie» (Supporting Actress)

America Ferrera’s powerful monologue in «Barbie,» in which she laments, «I’m so tired of watching myself and every other woman tie ourselves in knots to make people like us,» has been transcribed and discussed and widely awarded. as the climax of the film. But the performance as a working mother trying to find purpose and connection with her daughter was bigger than talk.

Greta Lee faces Teo Yoo "Past lives."

Greta Lee with Teo Yoo in Past Lives.

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SNUB: Greta Lee, «Past Lives» (lead actress)

Eight of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture also honored their actors. Those left out: «Zone of Interest» and «Past Lives». The first of these is more understandable, since Sandra Hüller, chilling as the wife of the commander of Auschwitz, secured a nomination for the main role in the film «Anatomy of the Fall». Less Forgivable: Featuring Lee’s remarkable performance as a woman whose life is turned upside down when her childhood sweetheart comes to visit from Korea. It’s a master class in communicating subtle behaviors and emotions. Unfortunately, the Oscars usually prepay «Hoooo-aaah» acting school.

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SURPRISE: Annette Bening, «Nyad» (Lead Actress)

Bening and her co-star «Nyad» Foster were both nominated by SAG Awards voters, and the Academy gave the nod. It’s Bening’s fifth nomination and first since her stellar turn as a wine-loving workaholic trying to keep her family together in «The Kids Are All Right.» He will be in the category for a long time. It doesn’t matter. It will be nice to see her — and Foster — again at the Oscars.

SNUB: «May December» (Acting)

Todd Haynes’ provocative character study received a warm reception at its Cannes premiere, and the good mood continued into December, when critics groups lavished the film with prizes for screenplay and supporting actor Charles Melton. After it dropped on Netflix, the discourse on Movie Twitter got … interesting, with people asking if the movie was supposed to be camp or melodrama or what? It was like people were seeing a Todd Haynes film for the first time—which many actually were, since none of his previous works had ever seen a wide release. You’d think members of the Academy would appreciate the nuances of his style, but the acting branch has proven immune, ignoring both Charles Melton and Julianne Moore, both of whom were tipped by many as candidates.

SNUB: Penélope Cruz, «Ferrari» (Supporting Actress)

It’s strange when Michael Mann makes a movie as enjoyable as «Ferrari» and nobody notices. I can see how this could play into a crowded Best Picture race, but ignoring Cruz, an Oscar winner and four-time nominee, feels like one of those omissions that people will look back on and ask, “How she won’t you get a nomination?» One of the film’s highlights was her ferocious portrayal of Laura Ferrari, a woman consumed by grief over the death of her son and stewing in resentment at the dismissive way her husband and others treat her.

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