Each year, the Oscar nominations generate its fair share of surprises and snubs, and this year is no different. The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced last week and true to tradition, there were some glaring omissions.
The most obvious snub is arguably Bradley Cooper’s, who failed to land a nomination in the Best Director category for A Star is Born. Although, it is expected The Hangover star will challenge closely for the Leading Actor award for the same title.
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Crazy Rich Asians – No nominations
Ever since it premiered in August, Crazy Rich Asians has drawn positive feedback from critics and fans alike, but has been awarded a grand total of zero nominations for the Oscars. The snub will come as a blow to director John M. Chu and leading stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding, after the film was a huge success at the box office. Crazy Rich Asians did generate some success though, winning a Critic’s Choice Award last month.
A Star is Born – Editing
A Star is Born was expected to be the big winner come February 24th, but Cooper’s hit won’t be picking up anything in the Film Editing category. The surprise exclusion could have a domino effect in terms of other awards the film is set to clinch, including Best Picture. Typically, the Best Picture winners are nominated in the Editing category so it does provide plenty to ponder. Maybe A Star is Born isn’t going to clean up, after all.
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy – Best Actor
Arguably, Timothee Chalamet’s snub for Best Actor is as surprising as Cooper’s in the Best Director category. The French-American actor almost landed the big one for his role in Call Me by Your Name last year, eventually losing out to Gary Oldman. Fast-forward a year and Chalamet won’t even be in the reckoning this time around, but the youngster is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars and will surely land the coveted award sooner rather than later.
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born – Best Director
As hard as it might be for Cooper to digest the news he won’t be winning the Best Director this year, the 44-year-old is hotly tipped to land the Best Actor so expect to see him pick up at least one award. Nonetheless, it’ll be a bitter pill for Cooper to swallow as he has earned rave reviews for his first ever directorial role.
Speaking to media mogul Oprah Winfrey, Cooper shared how he was “embarrassed” not to be receiving a nomination: “The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually,” he told Winfrey via the BBC.
“I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part,” he continued.
“I went, ‘Oh, gosh. I didn’t do my job’.”
It’s okay Mr Cooper, you certainly did do your job in what is a fantastic remake of the classic. It’s actually a crying shame that he has missed out but Cooper certainly has the talent and has built the foundations to take on future projects.
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