This is not a drill. The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced before the sun came up this morning, and we are reeling. The excitement! The happy tears! The sad tears! It's all here, folks. As always, the Oscar noms were predictably unpredictable. Some early faves were snubbed (and we were like "Whaaaat?"); other latecomers seemed to sneak in under the radar (and we were like "Where'd you come from little buddy?"). We're going to go over the biggest snubs and surprises we can think of, but take a look at the complete list of nominations too. Are your favorites on there? Is this another #OscarsSoWhite? Are we in for a thrilling award show? We'll have to wait until March 4 to find out...
James Franco Was Left off the Best Actor List
They actually did it. Franco won the Golden Globe for his performance in The Disaster Artist, and he was nominated for a SAG Award, but he didn’t make the Oscar ballot. It’s a good thing since five women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
And while it’s unclear with the timing of the voting if he was deliberately snubbed because of this, the Academy just saved us a lot of awkwardness.
Armie Hammer Wasn't Nominated for Supporting Actor
Call Me By Your Name stole a lot of hearts this award season, especially Hammer’s co-star, the young Timothée Chalamet, who’s nominated for Best Actor. But Hammer himself… He couldn’t nail down the nomination. (See what I did there? I’m inordinately proud of that pun.)
Holly Hunter Was Snubbed for Best Supporting Actress
Kumail Nanjiani’s and Emily V. Gordon’s indie darling The Big Sick only scored one nomination — for Best Orginal Screenplay. Highly deserved — the movie is a delight, but it should have gotten more, specifically in the form of a Supporting Actress nomination for the great Holly Hunter.
Martin McDonagh Was Left off the Best Director List
McDonagh’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri has been cleaning up this award season between actor awards for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and the whole cast at the Globes and the SAG Awards. But Martin McDonagh won’t see a directing Oscar for his well-liked film.
No Directing Nod for Steven Spielberg, Either
In the two best surprises ever, both Jordan Peele (Get Out) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) were nominated for Best Director — Gerwig is only the fifth woman ever to grace the category.
In another snubbish surprise, Steven Spielberg was left out of the category even though The Post garnered several other nominations. It’s someone else’s turn, Steve!
There was one more shocker in the directing category…