Snubbed by the Oscars! Brad Pitt, Viola Davis and Adam Sandler excluded from Academy nominations

Get your hot dog fingers out: It’s time to count this year’s Oscar nominations.

As expected, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s sci-fi epic “Everything Everywhere All at Once” topped Tuesday’s lineup with 11 nods, as did Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Edward Berger with nine each. . Beloved veterans Cate Blanchett (“Tár”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere”) both made the cut for career best performances, along with returning kings Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”).

The Oscars return March 12 on ABC (8 EST/5 PST), hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Here are the biggest movies and stars to get snubbed for nominations:

“Top Gun: Maverick”

Even with a Best Picture nomination and a slew of nods in the technical categories, the hit sequel “Top Gun” was voted out Best Director (Joseph Kosinski) and – most glaringly – Best Actor (Tom Cruise). . It also missed out on a Best Cinematography nomination, which it was widely predicted to win.

Viola Davis for “The Woman King”

Davis delivers a spectacular performance in “The Woman King,” playing a world-weary general who reunites with his long-lost daughter (Thuso Mbedu). But the September release was overlooked by voters, who also ignored the film for Best Picture, Director (Gina Prince-Bythewood) and Supporting Actress (Lashana Lynch).

Adam Sandler for “Hustle”

After being snubbed by the Oscars for 2019’s gambling thriller “Uncut Gems,” Sandler tried again for a nomination with the basketball drama “Hustle.” But even with a SAG Awards Best Actor nod, the comedy giant ultimately couldn’t cross the finish line.


In the past two years, Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) have made history as the second and third women to win Best Director in nearly 100 years of Oscar history. But the Academy took a giant step Tuesday in nominating only men in the category, in a year that has given us exquisite films from Sarah Polley (“Women Talking”), Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”) and Charlotte Wells (“Aftersun”), among many others.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Angela Bassett is the first to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for ‘Wakanda Forever,’ bringing emotional gravity to the role of a grieving mother and queen. But Marvel’s sequel couldn’t match the tremendous accolade of the first “Black Panther,” which became the first superhero film to earn a Best Picture nomination of 2019.

Danielle Deadwyler for ‘Till’

The rising star earned nominations left and right for her devastating portrayal of the resilient Mamie Till, civil rights activist and mother of Emmett Till in “Till.” But even with National Board of Review and Gotham Awards wins, Deadwyler was passed over in the Best Actress category, where Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”) surprised after a viral Oscar campaign.

‘Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn’

Rian Johnson’s star-studded thriller was a streaming hit for Netflix and even earned a Best Feature nod from the Producers Guild Awards (a reliable Oscar predictor). But the “Knives Out” sequel fell short in Tuesday’s nominations, earning only a nod for best-suited screenplay.

Dolly de Leon for ‘Triangle of Sadness’

Charlbi Dean (left to right), Dolly de Leon and Vicki Berlin find themselves stranded on an island in

Charlbi Dean (left to right), Dolly de Leon and Vicki Berlin find themselves stranded on an island in “Triangle of Sadness.”

The Filipino actress is a third-act scene-stealer in the wealth satire “Triangle of Sadness,” playing a housekeeper who rises to power after a luxury cruise ship is attacked by pirates. De Leon earned Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress, but was passed over by the Oscars. But the film itself still managed three major nods, for Best Picture, Best Director (Ruben Östlund), and Best Original Screenplay.

Brad Pitt for “Babylon”

Brad Pitt plays an aging Hollywood star opposite Diego Calva's upstart producer in

Brad Pitt plays an aging Hollywood star opposite upstart producer Diego Calva in “Babylon.”

The A-lister gives his most poignant performance yet in “Babylon,” playing a hard-drinking actor tackling his waning star power. But the film’s polarizing reception and its abysmal box office may have ruined its chances: after snagging Best Supporting Actor at the Globes last month, Pitt hasn’t been singled out for any other major awards this season.

Paul Dano for “The Fabelmans”

Dano just can’t catch a break. Although he’s appeared in several Best Picture nominees, including ‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ and ’12 Years a Slave,’ the actor has yet to earn an Oscar nomination. We were hoping that might change this year for his low-key, heartbreaking work as Steven Spielberg’s father in “The Fabelmans,” but Dano was once again ruled out. Her co-stars, Michelle Williams and Judd Hirsch, have consistently passed Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

James Cameron for ‘Avatar: The Waterway’

The iconic filmmaker is a seven-time Oscar nominee and three-time winner. But even with four nominations for his visually stunning sequel, Cameron couldn’t float through this year’s crowded Best Director race.

SS Rajamouli for ‘RRR’

The Indian filmmaker has been the star of awards season, rubbing shoulders with Spielberg and Cameron, and delivering moving speeches at the Globes and New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some pundits thought Rajamouli might land the best director category for his jaw-dropping action show ‘RRR’, but his name was sadly missing from Tuesday’s announcement.

Eddie Redmayne for “The Good Nurse”

Eddie Redmayne missed an Oscar nomination for

Eddie Redmayne missed an Oscar nomination for ‘The Good Nurse’.

Despite mixed-to-positive reviews and very little campaigning, Redmayne sailed through awards season with the true-crime drama “The Good Nurse”—collecting top nods from supporting actors from the Globes, SAG and BAFTAs to play the serial killer Charles Cullen. But the academy didn’t reciprocate the love, overlooking the former Oscar winner for his chilling performance.

Baz Luhrmann for “Elvis”

The Australian author has carved out an eccentric path with “Romeo + Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge!” and “The Great Gatsby,” but somehow never got nominated for the Best Director Oscar. He’ll also have to sit out this year, despite a Best Picture nomination for his biopic “Elvis.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oscars snubs: ‘Black Panther’, Brad Pitt and Viola Davis miss out on nominations

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