January 23, 2019
As exciting as the Oscars are, there's no bigger bummer than the one person or film you wanted to be nominated in a certain category and then isn't. "If Beale Street Could Talk," Bradley Cooper, Ethan Hawke - this list goes on for what's missing this year.
There were some good this year though, such as Yalitza Aparicio's nomination for best actress, making her the first Mexican indigenous woman to be nominated. Screenwriter and director Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull") was nominated for his first Oscar for "First Reformed." Sam Elliot also received his first Oscar nomination for "A Star is Born" after a 50 year career in Hollywood.
But the good was a bit overshadowed by the bad, most notably, "If Beale Street Could Talk." The film was not nominated for best picture or best director. "Won't You Be My Neighbor" did not get a nomination for best documentary. "Eighth Grade" was completely shut out from all nominations as was "Crazy Rich Asians." Emily Blunt wasn't nominated for best actress for either "A Quiet Place" or "Mary Poppins." No female directors were nominated in the best director category this year. Timothée Chalamet was also left out of the running for best actor for his role in "Beautiful Boy."
Timothy Chalamet not being nominated for Beautiful Boy is almost as egregious as the year Gyllenhaal wasn’t nominated for Nightcrawler. No Bradley Cooper for best director? Won’t You Be My Neighbor isn’t nominated for doc!? It is NOT a beautiful day in the neighborhood #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/rcmunWEfME— Roxy Striar (@roxystriar) January 22, 2019
People were pretty upset Bradley Cooper did not receive a nomination for best director for "A Star Is Born." But the actor did receive a nomination in the best actor category.
Bradley Cooper: Will I earn a nomination for Best Director?— chris (@thankschriss) January 22, 2019
Does Bradley Cooper’s omission in Best Director raise his Best Actor chances? A combination of sympathy and streamlining of options? I hope so.— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) January 22, 2019
Though while this news disappointed many fans, others were actually expecting it.
reminder to anyone who's complaining that Bradley Cooper isn't up for Best Director... he shouldn't have been.— Brian Formo (@BrianFormo) January 22, 2019
he got all the noms he deserved, okay? pic.twitter.com/b9Lz8xwIbC
Arguably one of the biggest snubs of the nominations is a notably missing Ethan Hawke from the best actor category for his role in "First Reformed." Schrader shaded the Oscars a bit after a phone call with Hawke. He said to the actor, "'You may not have gotten nominated, but you won. Your performance has made an impact, and never forget that.'”
"Why aren't the Oscars nominating blockbusters? No wonder no one watches them!"— Jaime Rebanal #TimesUpForBryanSinger (@ItsJaimeHere) January 22, 2019
"Why is Black Panther up for Best Picture? They're so desperate for ratings lmao"
Don't get me wrong. Black Panther is a good movie.— Jus (@DefJustice) January 22, 2019
Did it, or Bohemian Rhapsody deserve an Oscar nod over If Beale Street Could Talk?
Not in my opinion.
But it's not all bad. Cooper may have not been nominated, but it's been a long time coming for director Spike Lee, who, as of yesterday, was awarded his first Oscar nomination for best director and best picture.
As Spike Lee celebrates his first Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Picture, I'm reminded of the 1989 Oscars, when presenter Kim Basinger went off-book to blast the Academy for snubbing Spike's DO THE RIGHT THING pic.twitter.com/JXEMwhaBdd— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) January 22, 2019
Though with this being Glenn Close's seventh nomination at the Oscars for her performance in "The Wife" - will this finally be the year she wins her Oscar? People had some thoughts, especially since Amy Adams is not too far behind her as the only living performer with the most nominations without an Oscar win. Currently, Adams is nominated for best supporting actress for "Vice." This is her sixth nomination.
If — and this is a fairly big if — Glenn Close wins and Amy Adams loses at the 91st Oscars, then Amy Adams will become the living performer with the most Oscar noms without an Oscar win. pic.twitter.com/m9eJXlaKN0— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) January 23, 2019
Lady Gaga is also up for her first nomination as best actress, but many are speculating that it may in fact go to Close for her masterful performance.
Glenn Close coming for Gaga’s Oscar pic.twitter.com/c12xwJCDka— Freshly Waxed (@PossiblyAngle) January 22, 2019
In all fairness, some people just want to see Coleman win.
lady gaga and glenn close when they both lose to olivia colman on oscars night pic.twitter.com/DNENFteVfH— clark (@clarkus96) January 22, 2019
The 91st Academy Awards will air on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.