Every year several top films will miss out when the nominations for the Academy Awards are announced and, in an awards season dominated by allegations of sexual harassment and a lack of gender equity the focus was always likely to be on female nominees, or lack of…
Most notably then was the complete shut-out of Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman’ which didn’t receive a single nomination despite earning rave reviews and becoming one of the highest grossing films of last year.
‘Battle of the Sexes’ was another obvious absentee, originally one of the front runners for Best Actress, Emma Stone’s portrayal of Billie Jean King wasn’t enough to earn her a third nomination in the category.
James Franco was considered by many to be likely to land a Best Actor nod but he wasn’t included in this year’s five nominees for his work in ‘The Disaster Artist‘, as he is facing a number of sexual misconduct allegations.
Martin McDonagh was seen as a shoo-in for the Best Director category, especially after earning Directors Guild and Golden Globe nominations for ;Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ a heavy favourite in the Oscar race. Chances are that Mr. McDonagh was edged out by Paul Thomas Anderson for ‘Phantom Thread’.
Tom Hanks, a two-time best-actor Oscar winner — for the 1993 film “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” the next year — hasn’t been nominated by the Academy since 2001, when he was up for Best Actor in “Cast Away.” In The Post, Mr. Hanks plays Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee, it appeared it was a good role to end Mr. Hanks’s drought, but the academy evidently didn’t agree. His co-star Meryl Streep did however, earn a remarkable 17th Best Actress nomination.
One thing we can guarantee though is that we’ll be eagerly awaiting the results come Oscar night!