The biggest surprises from yesterday’s Oscar morning

Yesterday, the Academy Award nominations let loose a few surprises, along with more or less the expected lineup. That’s always the case, as previously mentioned, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t run them them down, since a few still seem kind of strange. Honestly, only one or two really blew my mind, but that’s something, regardless. Below you will see ten of the most surprising things from the Oscar nominations, be they inclusions or snubs, since there were certainly both. Give it a look now and sit tight for more analysis tomorrow as well, since I’ve only just started to break down what the Academy did…

Here now are ten surprises from yesterday morning:

La La Land ties the all time nominations record – Many of us (yours truly included) saw it coming and predicted it, but history is history. 14 nominations for La La Land ties the all time record and sets it up to potentially make history again on Oscar night. I’ll have more to say about that soon, but just know that another record making showing could be in the cards for the beloved musical from Damien Chazelle.

Amy Adams is snubbed in Best Actress – This was, by far, the biggest surprise of the morning. Adams had seemed like a solid number three in Best Actress for her work in Arrival. Then, just like so many other previous contenders in years past, the category was announced and she just was not there. Pretty undeniably the number six, she was simply a victims of surprisingly tight voting.

Nine nominees in Best Picture – For some reason, eight seemed like the safe bet this year. We’ll likely never get five or ten again, so it’s just a matter of whether the category turns out to be six, seven, eight, or nine. This is more a curiosity to me than anything else, but I wonder if we’ll ever get six or even in the years to come? We shall see, I guess.

Michael Shannon is the Nocturnal Animals representative in Best Supporting Actor – For a while earlier in the season, it seemed like Shannon was a lock. Then he slipped off, making it seem like Nocturnal Animals could be shut out. That is, until Aaron Taylor-Johnson started popping up at the last minute. Go figure, Shannon still ended up the nominee in the end.

Ruth Negga scores in Best Actress – Initially a seemingly safe bet for her turn in Loving, Negga had seen her stock fall for months, leading many to assume a snub was inevitable. Then, her name was right there, replacing Adams in Best Actress. She’s a deserving nominee, no doubt, just simply a surprising one, especially considering who she beat out in the end. She’s a clear number five though, so the nomination is her reward.

Hugh Grant is snubbed in Best Supporting Actor – I very nearly predicted this particular snub, but backed off at the last moment. Grant straddled the line between Lead and Supporting for Florence Foster Jenkins, showing up both places on the precursor circuit, sans wins, of course. So, when a Nocturnal Animals supporter showed up, it turned out to be Grant, not Lucas Hedges, who was vulnerable. A shame for Grant, but the category seemed poised for a surprise anyway.

Passengers makes a showing below the line – Despite having predicted it for these very two nominations for a long time (particularly one of them), I had Passengers being shut out. Then, go figure, it ends up a Best Production Design and Best Original Score nominee. Who would have thought it?

20th Century Women sneaks into Best Original Screenplay – Congrats to Mike Mills for being able to surprise in Best Original Screenplay with 20th Century Women, though it’s a shame it had to come at likely the cost of Matt Ross and his script for Captain Fantastic. Fascinating to see Mills make it without Annette Bening in Best Actress, which was another snub.

Kubo and the Two Strings manages a Best Visual Effects citation – This is the boldest prediction I made, so I was kind of delighted to see Kubo and the Two Strings actually score a Best Visual Effects nomination yesterday. This could mark a turn in the category, though that remains to be seen. Watch out for it as a dark horse winner too…

Deadpool is shut out – Sure, this actually makes plenty of sense when you think about it, but still…Deadpool is now the first PGA nominee in history to be shut out by Oscar. That’s something. It would have been cool to see this movie score something, but now we can just look forward to the sequel making jokes about it, inevitably. It was fun while it lasted for this one on the circuit.

Stay tuned for more on the nominations all this week!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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