Snubbed! Timothée and Bradley get little love from the Academy

Hollywood was up bright and early this morning to see Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross announce the list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.

Even for the rich and famous, 5:20 a.m. is a tough time to receive bad news, so we’re feeling a little extra sympathy for the films and actors who were snubbed by the Academy’s voters (and for their personal assistants, who probably had to have the oat milk cappuccinos and/or matcha lattes going by 4:30). Here’s who went back to bed with a broken heart and a bruised ego.


After all the critical and fan love that Timothée Chalamet garnered following his soul-crushing and crush-inducing Oscar-nominated performance in last year’s Call Me By Your Name, it seemed like 2019 would be the year the young star brought home some hardware. And yet… the Academy chose to bypass his supporting actor work in Beautiful Boy in favour of surprise nominee Sam Rockwell’s turn in Vice.

In the Supporting Actress category, Emily Blunt was edged out by another dark horse nominee: Marina de Tavira. It’s true that Blunt’s work in Mary Poppins Returns wasn’t quite the juggernaut that de Tavira’s Roma was, but the sting seems a little more potent considering the way the beloved sequel took a bath, so to speak, at the box office and crossed the $200 million mark.

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It’s back to the drawing board for Bradley Cooper, Director. While Cooper’s directorial debut is officially in the running for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Actor (that’d be Cooper himself), and Best Supporting Actor (to name just a few of the 10 categories A Star Is Born was nominated in), he did not get a nod in the Best Director category. It’s always a bit strange when a movie gets a spot on the Best Picture list but not in the Best Director category (ahem, Black Panther scoring an historic nomination but no love for helmer Ryan Coogler) but it’s basically a numbers game: there’s eight spots in Best Picture and only five in Best Director. Cooper can commiserate with First Man director Damien Chazelle, who was shut out of both categories (and Best Cinematography, too).


While the world of celebrities and the world of documentary films don’t always intersect, we were a bit heartbroken to see Academy voters overlook this instance where they did: in the exceptionally touching Mr. Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Think about it: when you were four or five, was there a bigger star on your radar than Mr. Fred Rogers and his puppet crew?

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The four-time nominee was shut out of the Best Actor category this year despite writer/director Paul Schrader’s much buzzed-about First Reformed seeming like the ideal vehicle to usher him towards Oscar glory. Instead, the always-excellent Willem Dafoe was nominated for At Eternity’s Gate, the only nomination the Vincent Van Gogh biopic received. 

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