Oscars 2018: All the snubs and surprises, from James Franco to Steven Spielberg to Kobe Bryant

The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, with most of the usual suspects corralling nods for the 90th Academy Awards. Presumptive favorites scored, including The Shape of Water (13 overall nominations, one shy of the record), Dunkirk (eight), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (seven). Meryl Streep will be competing for Best Actress for The Post, her 21st career nod, extending her record as the most-nominated performer. Composer extraordinaire John Williams notched his 51st for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the most nominations of living artists and second only to Walt Disney’s 59. Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director, for Lady Bird; while first-time filmmaker Jordan Peele made the cut for producing, directing, and writing the smash horror hit Get Out —  becoming only the third person to pull off that feat. The Best Cinematography contest will feature Mudbound‘s Rachel Morrison, the first woman to be nominated in that category, alongside Blade Runner 2049‘s Roger Deakins, who is the most-nominated living cinematographer but has never won. And Christopher Plummer, 88, became the oldest acting nominee. When the dust settled, there were some jaw-dropping omissions and additions. Click through to see all the notable snubs and surprises. And click here for our instant predictions.

The Oscars will air March 4 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.


<p>James Franco was a Golden Globe winner for his turn as Tommy Wiseau in <em>The Disaster Artist</em>, but despite that accolade, he was shut out of the Best Actor race — an omission that may have had something to do with the sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced just days before the Oscar balloting closed. (Photo: A24) </p>
SNUB: James Franco

James Franco was a Golden Globe winner for his turn as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, but despite that accolade, he was shut out of the Best Actor race — an omission that may have had something to do with the sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced just days before the Oscar balloting closed. (Photo: A24)

<p>2018 marks 20 years since Hanks and Spielberg’s first collaboration, <em>Saving Private Ryan</em>, but Oscar voters declined to award the powerhouse actor-director duo a set of china anniversary nominations for <em>The Post</em>. But the oh-so-timely journalism drama did pick up a Best Picture nod and raised Meryl Streep’s overall career nomination count to an eye-popping 21. (Photo: 20th Century Fox) </p>
SNUB: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks

2018 marks 20 years since Hanks and Spielberg’s first collaboration, Saving Private Ryan, but Oscar voters declined to award the powerhouse actor-director duo a set of china anniversary nominations for The Post. But the oh-so-timely journalism drama did pick up a Best Picture nod and raised Meryl Streep’s overall career nomination count to an eye-popping 21. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

<p>The film that most performed above expectations was Paul Thomas Anderson’s <em>Phantom Thread</em>, which nabbed nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and director — with Anderson’s inclusion in that last category helping to freeze out <em>Three Billboards</em>’ Martin McDonagh and <em>The Post’</em>s Steven Spielberg. </p>
SURPRISE: ‘Phantom Thread’

The film that most performed above expectations was Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, which nabbed nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actress, and director — with Anderson’s inclusion in that last category helping to freeze out Three Billboards’ Martin McDonagh and The Post’s Steven Spielberg.

<p>While the Amazon warrior handily claimed the box office crown among 2017’s superhero movies, Patty Jenkins’s blockbuster joined <em>The Dark Knight </em>and <em>The</em> <em>Avengers </em>on the list of giant-sized comic book hits that got the cold shoulder come awards time. Is this something else we can blame on <em>Justice League</em>? (Photo: Warner Bros.) </p>
SNUB: ‘Wonder Woman’

While the Amazon warrior handily claimed the box office crown among 2017’s superhero movies, Patty Jenkins’s blockbuster joined The Dark Knight and The Avengers on the list of giant-sized comic book hits that got the cold shoulder come awards time. Is this something else we can blame on Justice League? (Photo: Warner Bros.)

<p>In a strong Best Actress year, the odd woman out proved to be Jessica Chastain, whose commanding turn in <em>Molly’s Game</em> couldn’t crack a lineup that includes Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Margot Robbie (likely Chastain’s biggest competitor for that final slot). (Photo: STX Films) </p>
SNUB: Jessica Chastain

In a strong Best Actress year, the odd woman out proved to be Jessica Chastain, whose commanding turn in Molly’s Game couldn’t crack a lineup that includes Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Margot Robbie (likely Chastain’s biggest competitor for that final slot). (Photo: STX Films)

<p>After Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, and Mary J. Blige, the Best Supporting Actress race was up for grabs, and while Octavia Spencer’s nod wasn’t a shock (considering that <em>The Shape of Water</em> led all films with 13 noms), Lesley Manville’s was — and proved that the Academy was as enthusiastic as critics about <em>Phantom Thread</em>. (Photo: Focus Features) </p>
SURPRISE: Lesley Manville

After Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, and Mary J. Blige, the Best Supporting Actress race was up for grabs, and while Octavia Spencer’s nod wasn’t a shock (considering that The Shape of Water led all films with 13 noms), Lesley Manville’s was — and proved that the Academy was as enthusiastic as critics about Phantom Thread. (Photo: Focus Features)

<p>The <em>Girls Trip </em>star had us in stitches as she read off the names of all the morning’s nominees. She even kept her smile up <a href="https://twitter.com/tarantallegra/status/955800727825235968" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:when announcing her own snub" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">when announcing her own snub</a> from the Best Supporting Actress field. At least we’ll always have <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/tiffany-haddish-already-won-award-best-acceptance-speech-143901099.html" data-ylk="slk:this acceptance speech" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">this acceptance speech</a>. (Photo: Universal Pictures) </p>
SNUB: Tiffany Haddish

The Girls Trip star had us in stitches as she read off the names of all the morning’s nominees. She even kept her smile up when announcing her own snub from the Best Supporting Actress field. At least we’ll always have this acceptance speech. (Photo: Universal Pictures)

<p>His onscreen paramour, Timothée Chalamet, became the third-youngest Best Actor nominee in Oscar history, but sadly, Hammer didn’t hear his own name called from the Best Supporting Actor nominee list. Don’t worry, Armie — we know you’ve got nothing to prove, <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/get-challenge-porgs-galore-pennywise-trump-best-movie-memes-2017-160041458.html" data-ylk="slk:so just enjoy dancing with yourself" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">so just enjoy dancing with yourself</a>. (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics) </p>
SNUB: Armie Hammer

His onscreen paramour, Timothée Chalamet, became the third-youngest Best Actor nominee in Oscar history, but sadly, Hammer didn’t hear his own name called from the Best Supporting Actor nominee list. Don’t worry, Armie — we know you’ve got nothing to prove, so just enjoy dancing with yourself. (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)

<p>James Mangold’s <em>Logan</em> became the first superhero film to receive a writing Oscar nomination, a feat that likely came at the expense of Sofia Coppola’s <em>The Beguiled</em>, which found itself shut out of this year’s Oscar race. A win would further solidify the film as one of the comic-book genre’s most celebrated works. (Photo: 20th Century Fox) </p>
SURPRISE: ‘Logan’

James Mangold’s Logan became the first superhero film to receive a writing Oscar nomination, a feat that likely came at the expense of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, which found itself shut out of this year’s Oscar race. A win would further solidify the film as one of the comic-book genre’s most celebrated works. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

<p>Kobe Bryant can now add an Oscar nod to his impressive résumé. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s ode to his sport, <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kobe-bryants-dear-basketball-150000958.html" data-ylk="slk:“Dear Basketball,”" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">“Dear Basketball,”</a> which sets his poetry to the animation of Disney icon Glen Keane and the music of John Williams, made the cut for Best Animated Short. </p>
SURPRISE: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant can now add an Oscar nod to his impressive résumé. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar’s ode to his sport, “Dear Basketball,” which sets his poetry to the animation of Disney icon Glen Keane and the music of John Williams, made the cut for Best Animated Short.

<p>Last year’s second-highest-grossing movie picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design but didn’t make so much as a peep in the Best Original Song category. Neither of its shortlisted original songs — “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore” — were able to be heard over crowd-pleasing anthems like “This Is Me” from <em>The Greatest Showman </em>and “Remember Me” from <em>Coco</em>. (Photo: Disney) </p>
SNUB: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Last year’s second-highest-grossing movie picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design but didn’t make so much as a peep in the Best Original Song category. Neither of its shortlisted original songs — “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore” — were able to be heard over crowd-pleasing anthems like “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman and “Remember Me” from Coco. (Photo: Disney)

<p>While the Best Foreign-Language Film category is always a bit of a crapshoot, it was still stunning to see Fatih Akin’s <em>In the Fade</em> left out of the contending field, given that it took home the Palme d’Or at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, as well as this prize at the Golden Globes. (Photo: Warner Bros.) </p>
SNUB: ‘In the Fade’

While the Best Foreign-Language Film category is always a bit of a crapshoot, it was still stunning to see Fatih Akin’s In the Fade left out of the contending field, given that it took home the Palme d’Or at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, as well as this prize at the Golden Globes. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

<p>Like eager-to-please parents, Oscar voters made room in the Best Animated Feature category for Alec Baldwin’s overbearing, persuasive infant, pushing out the well-liked<em> Lego Batman Movie </em>in the process. We can’t wait to hear Lego Batman’s emo-metal anthem about this oversight. (Photo: DreamWorks Animation) </p>
SURPRISE: ‘The Boss Baby’

Like eager-to-please parents, Oscar voters made room in the Best Animated Feature category for Alec Baldwin’s overbearing, persuasive infant, pushing out the well-liked Lego Batman Movie in the process. We can’t wait to hear Lego Batman’s emo-metal anthem about this oversight. (Photo: DreamWorks Animation)

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