• Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from "A Star is Born". (Warner Bros. Pictures)Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
It wouldn’t be the Oscar nominations without some surprising snubs.
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Variety

23 Jan 2019 - 3:04 AM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2019 - 3:14 AM

Oscars 2019: ‘Roma,' 'The Favourite’ dominate Oscar nominations
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Snub: Bradley Cooper for directing “A Star is Born”

Cooper got Afflecked. The Academy director’s branch is notorious for snubbing actors who step into the director’s chair. And Bradley Cooper, who was considered a lock for making the box-office phenomenon “A Star is Born,” has now joined the ranks of Barbra Streisand (“Yentl”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”), as actors-directors who failed to receive their proper due. What’s so strange about this omission is that Cooper seemed to only be campaigning as a director—not an actor (where he was nominated)—on the awards trail.

The Playlist reviews "A Star is Born":

Snub: “First Man” gets shut out of main categories

After winning the best director Oscar for “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s follow up movie about Neil Armstrong got no Oscars love in the main categories. No Ryan Gosling for best actor. No Claire Foy for best supporting actress. And no best score for Justin Hurwitz, which was considered a layup after winning the category at the Golden Globes. “First Man” did, however, score four nominations in the tech categories.

Snub: Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”

The “Call Me By Your Name” star was due for his second consecutive Oscar nomination for playing a drug addict in the Amazon Studios release. But mixed reviews for the film, combined with the Academy’s tendency to snub performances by young male heartthrobs (just ask Leonardo DiCaprio about “Titanic”), may have hurt him.

Snub: John David Washington, “BlackKklansman”

While Spike Lee’s drama picked up six Oscar nominations, John David Washington somehow failed to crack the best actor category for playing real-life police officer Ron Stallworth. His counterpart, Adam Driver, was nominated for best supporting actor.

The Playlist reviews "BlacKkKlansman":

Snub: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed”

Many pundits thought that Hawke, who had been sweeping the critics’ awards, would receive his third career acting nomination for Paul Schrader’s drama about a troubled pastor.

Snub: Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place”

Blunt received two SAG nominations this year for her performances in the Disney musical and the thriller directed by her husband John Krasinski. But neither role got any Oscars love. If you’re counting at home, Blunt has never been nominated for an Oscar—after missing out for “Into the Woods” and “The Devil Wears Prada”—making her the most overdue actress in Hollywood for some recognition from the Academy.

Snub: Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”

While “Black Panther” made history as the first comic-book movie ever nominated for best picture (with seven nominations total), not a single actor in its cast was recognized. Its strongest chances were with Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, for playing the best villain in the genre since Heath Ledger as the Joker.

The Playlist talks "Black Panther":

Snub: Toni Collette, “Hereditary”

Collette delivered one of the most critically acclaimed performances of the year in the “Hereditary,” beating Glenn Close at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in November. But she wasn’t included in the Oscars best actress category.

Snub: Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased”

In a less competitive year for actress, Kidman who have added her fifth (and maybe sixth) career nominations for “Destroyer” or “Boy Erased.” In the former film, playing a Los Angeles detective, she disappeared onscreen with a limp and facial prosthetics. And out of Toronto, there was a lot of buzz for her supporting role as the Baptist mother who took her son to gay conversion therapy.

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Snub: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” won’t win best documentary

The Academy dissing Mr. Rogers is one of the biggest head-scratchers of the year. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” had picked up all the precursor awards and was considered the frontrunner to win best documentary film on Oscars night.

Snub: “Eighth Grade” misses out for screenplay

Writer-director Bo Burnham has been one of the breakout stars of this year’s awards circuit. So it’s surprising that his Sundance darling “Eighth Grade,” distributed by A24, was not among the nominees for best original screenplay.

The Playlist talks "Eighth Grade":

Snub: “Burning” for best foreign film

The South Korean thriller starring Steven Yeun was expected to be one of the foreign film nominees given its rave reviews.

Surprise: Both “Roma” actresses are nominated

Throughout awards season, despite the overall love for “Roma,” its cast had largely been overlooked. The Academy fixed that oversight by nominating both Yalitza Aparicio (best actress) and Marina de Tavira (supporting actress) in Alfonso Cuaron’s drama about domestic workers in Mexico, helping boost “Roma” to a total of 10 Oscar nods.

The Playlist reviews "Roma":

Surprise: Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate”

Dafoe managed to sneak into the best actor race—over John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”) and Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”)—for portraying Vincent van Gogh in the biopic directed by Julian Schnabel.

Surprise: Pawel Pawlikowski for directing “Cold War”

The Polish director made a surprise appearance, pushing out Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”) and Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”). Along with “Roma,” this is the first time in modern history that two of the best director nominees came from black-and-white foreign language films.

The Playlist reviews "Cold War":

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