The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards, set to take place on March 13th, have been announced, leaving some in the industry in shock over certain omissions. Leading the pack in terms of nominations are Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's sci-fi epic "Everything Everywhere All at Once," with eleven nods, and Martin McDonagh's "The Banshees of Inisherin" and Edward Berger's "All Quiet on the Western Front" with nine each.
Despite notable inclusions of Austin Butler, Cate Blanchet, and Brendan Fraser, a number of notable figures were left off the list, eliciting surprise and disappointment.
Snubs and Surprises
One of the most significant snubs of the list was Tom Cruise for his role in "Top Gun: Maverick.
" Despite receiving a nomination for Best Picture and recognition in several technical categories, the highly-anticipated sequel was overlooked for Best Director (Joseph Kosinski) and, even more unexpectedly, Best Actor (Tom Cruise).
Additionally, the film failed to receive a nomination for Best Cinematography, a category that it was widely predicted to win. Viola Davis was also expected to receive a nomination for her performance in "The Woman King," but the film and its cast were largely ignored by voters.
This includes Director (Gina Prince-Bythewood) and Supporting Actress (Lashana Lynch). Adam Sandler, fresh off being snubbed for his role in "Uncut Gems," attempted to secure a nomination with "Hustle," but despite winning the award for Best Actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he failed to make the list of nominees.
Angela Bassett is considered a front-runner to win Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Wakanda Forever," but the Marvel sequel did not receive as many nominations as the first installment, "Black Panther," which in 2019 became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture.
Brad Pitt, who stars in "Babylon" as a fading actor struggling with stardom, may have had his chances scuttled by mixed reactions to the film and underwhelming box office performance. Despite winning Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes last month, he did not receive any other major awards this season.
One of the most notable absences from this year's list is the lack of any women nominated for Best Director. Last year, New Zealand's Jane Campion won the award for her work on "The Power of the Dog," and in the previous year, Chinese director Chloé Zhao won for "Nomadland." This year, however, not a single woman was included on the list of nominees, with notable omissions including Sarah Polley for "Women Talking," Charlotte Wells for "Aftersun," Gina Prince-Bythewood for "The Woman King," and Maria Schrader for "She Said."