Oscars 2018 biggest snubs and surprises: James Franco, ‘Wonder Woman’ miss out on nominations
Nearly two weeks after five women accused James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior, the actor missed out on an Academy Award nomination for his performance in “The Disaster Artist.”
The 39-year-old had been an early favorite on the awards circuit for his turn as the eccentric Tommy Wiseau, winning the leading comedic actor prize at the Golden Globes on Jan. 7. Four days later, on Jan. 11, The Times published a story detailing the five women’s accounts, all of which Franco has denied. Voting for the Oscars closed on Jan. 12.
Among those to earn a nomination over Franco on Tuesday was “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” star Denzel Washington, whose performance received positive reviews in a movie that bombed at the box office and was generally not beloved by critics. Tom Hanks, who played Washington Post Editor in Chief Ben Bradlee in “The Post,” did not receive a nomination, but newcomer Daniel Kaluuya, who stars in “Get Out,” did earn recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Front-runners Gary Oldman of “Darkest Hour” and Timothee Chalamet of “Call Me by Your Name” were nominated as expected, as was “Phantom Thread” star Daniel Day-Lewis, who has said the performance in the movie will be his last as he heads into retirement.
In the directing category, Paul Thomas Anderson received a nomination for “Phantom Thread” — which had a surprisingly strong showing overall with six nominations — while Steven Spielberg did not for “The Post.” (Spielberg’s film received only two nods, for picture and lead actress Meryl Streep.)
Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) were nominated, too, but Martin McDonagh — who was favored by prognosticators for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and earned a Directors Guild Award nomination — was not.
Christopher Plummer, who filled in as a last-minute replacement for Kevin Spacey on Ridley Scott’s “All the Money In the World,” scored a supporting actor nomination. The 88-year-old finished his work on the film in November. (The film was not honored in any other categories, including for the Golden Globe-nominated work of lead actress Michelle Williams and director Scott.)
A composite of the best motion picture nominees. from top left, “The Shape of Water,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “Get Out,” “Victoria & Abul,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour” and “Phantom Thread.”(Kerry Hayes / Fox / Melissa Sue Gordon / WB / Merie Wallace / A24 / Universal / Peter Mountain / Focus / Sony / Stephen Vaughan / Wilson Webb / TriStar / Jack English / Laurie )
WINNER: Best picture; Directing; production design; original score | NOMINATED: Richard Jenkins -- performance by an actor in a supporting role; Sally Hawkins -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Octavia Spencer -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; cinematography; costume design; film editing; sound editing; sound mixing; and original screenplay.(Kerry Hayes / Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Frances McDormand -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Sam Rockwell -- performance by an actor in a supporting role | NOMINATED: Woody Harrelson -- performance by an actor in a supporting role; ; film editing; original score; best picture; and original screenplay.(Merrick Morton / Fox Searchlight via AP)
WINNER: Gary Oldman -- performance by an actor in a leading role; makeup and hairstyling | NOMINATED: Cinematography; costume design; best picture; and production design.(Jack English / Focus Features via AP)
WINNER: Original screenplay | NOMINATED: Daniel Kaluuya -- performance by an actor in a leading role; directing; best picture.(Universal Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Adapted screenplay | NOMINATED: Timothee Chalamet -- performance by an actor in a leading role; original song (“Mystery Of Love”); best picture.(Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
WINNER: Best animated feature film; Original song -- “Remember Me.”(Disney-Pixar via AP)
WINNER: Allison Janney -- performance by an actress in a supporting role | NOMINATED: Margot Robbie -- performance by an actress in a leading role; and film editing.(Neon via AP)
WINNER: Visual effects | NOMINATED: cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing.( Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros. Pictures)
WINNER: Sound editing; sound mixing; film editing | NOMINATED: Cinematography; directing; original score; best picture; production design.(Melissa Sue Gordon / Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
WINNER: Costume design | NOMINATED: Daniel Day-Lewis -- performance by an actor in a leading role; Lesley Manville -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; directing; original score; and best picture.(Laurie Sparham / Focus Features via AP)
Judi Dench, left, stars as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal stars as Abdul Karim in the film “Victoria & Abdul.” The film received two Oscar nominations in costume design and makeup/hairstyling.(Peter Mountain / Focus Features)
Tom Hanks portrays Ben Bradlee, left, and Meryl Streep portrays Katharine Graham in a scene from “The Post.” The film received two Oscar nominations: best picture, and Meryl Streep for best actress.(Niko Tavernise / 20th Century Fox via AP)
Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from “Baby Driver.” The film got three Oscar nominations, for film and sound editing, and sound mixing.(Wilson Webb / Sony / TriStar Pictures via AP)
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film got four Oscar nominations: original score, sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.(John Wilson / Lucasfilm via AP)
A scene from “Mudbound.” The film received four Oscar nominations.
Mary J. Blige -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; cinematography; original song (“Mighty River”) and adapted screenplay.(Steve Dietl / Netflix via AP)
Dan Stevens as the Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The film received two Oscar nominations: in costume and production design.
(Disney via AP)
Saoirse Ronan, left, and Laurie Metcalf in a scene from “Lady Bird.” The film got five Oscar nominations. Saoirse Ronan -- performance by an actress in a leading role; Laurie Metcalf -- performance by an actress in a supporting role; directing; best picture; and original screenplay.(Merie Wallace / A24 via AP)
Lesley Manville, who stars opposite Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread,” was nominated for supporting actress after receiving a BAFTA Award nomination but no other major precursor. SAG Award nominee Holly Hunter, however, was not honored by the academy for her turn in “The Big Sick,” and neither was SAG and Golden Globe nominee Hong Chau for her work in the box office flop “Downsizing.”
The generally unpredictable foreign language film category snubbed two top contenders — Israel’s “Foxtrot,” which collected the second place prize at the Venice Film Festival, and Germany’s Golden Globe-winning “In the Fade.”
On the nonfiction front, Brett Morgen’s “Jane” — the documentary about primatologist Jane Goodall that’s swept up a handful of awards over the last few months — was overlooked. The documentary, a rare commercial success, collected more than $1 million more in its theatrical release than any of the academy’s five nominees.
Of course, it wasn’t the only hit to be ignored: “Wonder Woman,” the third-highest-grossing picture of 2017, received no love from the academy. The superhero smash — a long-shot contender for picture, director, adapted screenplay and actress — was expected to at least have a chance in technical categories including costume design and sound.
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