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The 2017 Oscar Nominations Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The Oscar nominations were finally announced on Tuesday morning, and leading the list was the glitzy musical La La Land. They bagged the most nominations with a whopping 14 nods including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Director.

2017 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

1. Best Actress

Surprise: Meryl Streep

Snubs: Amy Adams

Nominations for Best Actress

Photo courtesy of Jan Thijs/Paramount Pictures

Despite all the Oscar nominations under their belt, La La Land faces tough competition in each category. For example, the film’s lead actress, Emma Stone, is up against Natalie Portman, Isabelle Hupert, Ruth Negga, and Meryl Streep. 

Noticeably missing from the Best Actress category is Amy Adams, who did an amazing job in the sci-fi feature Arrival. Streep, on the other hand, made a powerful speech in the 2017 Golden Globes, which may have increased her chances of being nominated this year.

2. Best Actor

Surprise: Viggo Mortensen

Snubs: Hugh Grant

Captain Fantastic

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Ryan Gosling, Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, and Denzel Washington were all expected to collect Oscar nominations, but not many were betting their money on Captain Fantastic‘s Viggo Mortensen to be included on the list. It looks like his portrayal of a bohemian father paid off and the actor could emerge as a dark horse in the category.  

Grant, however, was an early contender for Best Actor, but the Academy failed to recognize his work for the movie Florence Foster Jenkins.

3. Best Animated Film

Surprise: My Life as a Zucchini

Snubs: Finding Dory

My Life as a Zucchini

Pixar’s Finding Dory was noticeably snubbed despite grossing over $1 billion in the box office. Taking its place is the touching Swedish stop-motion film My Life as a Zucchini. The movie, which is yet to be released to American theaters, has received universal acclaim from critics.

4. Best Director

Surprise: Mel Gibson

Snubs: Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington

Mel Gibson

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Clint Eastwood‘s Sully hardly went noticed by the Academy Awards as it only picked up one nomination, which is for Best Sound Editing. His directorial effort was not given a single nod either and lead actor Tom Hanks who played the eponymous hero of the film failed to gain a nomination at all.

The same can’t be said for Washington’s Fences as the movie is one of the top films to receive Oscar nominations this year. However, his stint in the director’s chair was not given any recognition. Mel Gibson, on the other hand, marked his triumphant return to Hollywood by earning a nod for Best Director for the biographical war film Hacksaw Ridge.

5. Best Picture

Surprise: Hell or High Water

Snubs: Deadpool, The Birth of a Nation

Deadpool Movie

Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Hell or High Water seemingly went unnoticed by mainstream media. But this brilliant western film is finally getting the attention it deserves by garnering a nomination for Best Picture. More popular films such as Deadpool and The Birth of a Nation weren’t quite as lucky.

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