Amy Adams, ‘Finding Dory’ and Meryl Streep: The big Oscar nomination snubs and surprises
Just a couple of weeks after our new President labeled her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood,” Meryl Streep earned her 20th Academy Award nomination Tuesday.
Not that the news seemed particularly momentous to the 67-year-old. The best actress nominee -- who earned her latest nod for playing a tone-deaf singer in “Florence Foster Jenkins” -- conveyed her reaction to the news via a GIF of her jumping around in a 2013 Paul McCartney music video. (Most nominees traditionally do interviews following the nominations or issue a polite, noncontroversial statement of thanks. Then again: Streep isn’t most nominees.)
For the record:
2:06 p.m. Aug. 18, 2019Taraji P. Henson’s name added to list of snubs.
WINNER: Best picture; Actor in a supporting role - Mahershala Ali; adapted screenplay | NOMINATED: directing - Barry Jenkins; actress in a supporting role - Naomie Harris; cinematography; original score; film editing(David Bornfriend / A24)
WINNER: actress in a leading role - Emma Stone; directing - Damien Chazelle; cinematography; production design; original score; original song - “City of Stars” | NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a leading role - Ryan Gosling; original screenplay; sound editing; sound mixing; original song - “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”; costume design; film editing(Dale Robinette / Lionsgate)
WINNER: original screenplay; actor in a leading role - Casey Affleck | NOMINATED: Best picture; directing - Kenneth Lonergan; actor in a supporting role - Lucas Hedges; actress in a supporting role - Michelle Williams(Claire Folger / Amazon Studios and Roadside Attr)
WINNER: Actress in a supporting role - Viola Davis | NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a leading role - Denzel Washington; adapted screenplay(David Lee / Paramount Pictures)
WINNER: sound editing | NOMINATED: Best picture; directing - Denis Villeneuve; adapted screenplay; cinematography; sound mixing; film editing(Jan Thijs / Paramount Pictures)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actress in a supporting role - Octavia Spencer; adapted screenplay(Hopper Stone)
WINNER: sound mixing; film editing | NOMINATED: Directing - Mel Gibson; actor in a leading role - Andrew Garfield; sound editing(Mark Rogers / Summit/Associated Press)
WINNER: costume design | NOMINATED: Production design(Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros. Entertainment and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment)
WINNER: Makeup and hairstyling(Clay Enos / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
WINNER: Animated feature film(Disney)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a supporting role - Jeff Bridges; original screenplay; film editing(Lorey Sebastian / CBS Films/Lionsgate)
NOMINATED: Best picture; actor in a supporting role - Dev Patel; actress in a supporting role - Nicole Kidman; adapted screenplay; cinematography; original score(Mark Rogers)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Natalie Portman; original score; costume design(Pablo Larrain / Twentieth Century Fox)
NOMINATED: Actor in a leading role - Viggo Mortensen; production design; costume design(Cathy Kanavy / Bleecker Street)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Meryl Streep; costume design(Nick Wall / Paramount Pictures)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Ruth Negga(Ben Rothstein / Focus Features)
NOMINATED: Actress in a leading role - Isabelle Huppert(Guy Ferrandis / Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
NOMINATED: Original score - Thomas Newman(Jaimie Trueblood / Sony Pictures)
NOMINATED: Foreign language film; makeup and hairstyling(Johan Bergmark / Music Box Films)
NOMINATED: Makeup and hairstyling(Kimberley French)
NOMINATED: Original screenplay(Merrick Morton / A24)
NOMINATED: Original song - “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
NOMINATED: Original screenplay(Despina Spyrou / Alchemy)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; sound mixing(Jonathan Olley / Lucasfilm)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film; original song - “How Far I’ll Go”(Disney)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; animated feature film(LAIKA / Focus Features)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film(Wild Bunch)
NOMINATED: Animated feature film(TIFF)
NOMINATED: Visual effects; sound editing(David Lee)
NOMINATED: Original score - “The Empty Chair”(Manu Brabo / AP)
Though Streep is an award season staple, many were actually surprised by her Oscar nomination. Her performance in “Florence” was not one of her better-reviewed turns, and pundits predicted her slot would instead go to Amy Adams (“Arrival”) or Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) or Taraji P. Henson (“Hidden Figures”). But at the Golden Globes earlier this month -- where she was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award -- Streep delivered a stirring six-minute speech denouncing then President-elect Donald Trump. It was arguably the most rousing moment during the telecast, and may have swayed Oscar voters in her favor. (The Globes took place on Jan. 8; Oscar ballots were due Jan. 13.)
One of the biggest shockers at the Globes, meanwhile, came when Aaron Taylor-Johnson was named best supporting actor for his performance in “Nocturnal Animals.” Leading up to that award show, most critics had singled out the actor’s co-star -- Michael Shannon -- as the more likely nominee. Shannon got his due from the Academy, however, in a slot that many had guessed would go to Hugh Grant, who also appeared in “Florence Foster Jenkins.”
In the animated film category, Pixar’s “Finding Dory” — which has grossed over $1 billion at the box office — was shut out. (And you can count on one hand the number of times a Pixar film hasn’t gotten a best animated feature nomination and still have fingers left over.) Instead, the far lesser-known French-Swiss stop-motion animated film “My Life as a Zucchini” scored some recognition. The foreign film, about an orphan struggling to find his place in a foster home, has yet to be released in American theaters.
Another big surprise Tuesday morning came when the World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” earned six nominations, including nods for best picture, lead actor (Andrew Garfield) and best director (Mel Gibson). Gibson, whose anti-Semitic and misogynist rants have made him a TMZ staple over the last decade, edged out industry favorites Martin Scorsese (“Silence”) and Clint Eastwood (“Sully”).
“It was really great and emotional to see Mel be embraced and the stuff of the past finally being forgiven by Hollywood,” Bill Mechanic, the film’s producer, said shortly after the nominations were announced. “It’s just such a long, hard journey that it would have been disappointing to see the movie not be recognized.”
And “Deadpool,” it turned out, did not have enough superpower to break into the Oscar race. The R-rated “Deadpool,” which was a commercial hit and earned two nominations at the Globes — including one for picture — was not recognized by Academy voters.
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