Amid the Oscar nominations reveal, one of the most surprising developments was the absence of Greta Gerwig among the Best Director nominees. The highly anticipated recognition for directing ‘Barbie’ did not materialize, raising questions and sparking discussions about the unexpected turn of events.
Diversity Oversight: Ava DuVernay and Overlooked Performances
Ava DuVernay’s ‘Origin’ faced complete oversight by the academy, highlighting the ongoing challenges for diverse voices in the industry. The exclusion of Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor’s leading performance underscores the Oscars’ historical track record with Black female directors and actors, pointing to broader issues in representation.
Charles Melton’s Snub and Surprising Inclusions: Greta Gerwig
Charles Melton’s noteworthy performance in ‘May December’ went unrecognized, contrasting with the unexpected inclusion of Sterling K. Brown for ‘American Fiction.’ The film’s minimal acknowledgment, securing only one nomination for screenwriter Samy Burch, adds a layer of unpredictability to the nominations.
‘Barbie’ Turmoil Continues: Margot Robbie’s Miss and America Ferrera’s Hit
The turbulence surrounding ‘Barbie’ extended beyond Greta Gerwig’s absence. Margot Robbie’s omission from the lead actress nominees surprised many, while her co-star America Ferrera earned a supporting actress nod for her impactful performance. Robbie did receive a nomination as a producer in the Best Picture category, revealing mixed fortunes for the film.
Diane Warren’s 15th Nomination and Original Song Exclusions
Diane Warren’s 15th nomination for ‘The Fire Inside’ from ‘Flamin’ Hot’ adds a seasoned touch to the nominations. However, facing stiff competition from ‘Barbie’ hits like ‘I’m Just Ken’ and ‘What Was I Made For,’ Warren’s victory is uncertain. Notably, Dua Lipa’s ‘Dance the Night Away’ missed out on a nomination, adhering to Oscar rules limiting original song nominations from a single film.
International Feature Heartbreaks: Aki Kaurismäki and ‘The Taste of Things’
In the international feature category, notable exclusions included Aki Kaurismäki’s ‘Fallen Leaves’ and France’s selection ‘The Taste of Things.’ The unexpected preference for ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ overlooked by France, adds intrigue to the category.
‘Past Lives’ and Animation Surprise: ‘The Super Mario Bros.’ Omission
‘Past Lives,’ a graceful romance, fell short of expectations with only two nominations for screenplay and best picture. The surprising exclusion of ‘The Super Mario Bros.’ movie, the second highest-grossing film of the year, from animation nominations raised eyebrows. Neon’s ‘Robot Dreams’ added an unexpected element of chaos to the category.
Almodóvar/Anderson Short Film Duel: Draw Unveiled
Pedro Almodóvar’s ‘Strange Way of Life,’ starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, did not secure a nomination in the short film category. On the other hand, Wes Anderson’s ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’ earned him an eighth nomination, creating a draw in the Almodóvar/Anderson duel.
Emerald Fennell’s ‘Saltburn’ Falls Short of Expectations: Greta Gerwig
While expectations for Emerald Fennell’s ‘Saltburn‘ making a significant impact on nominations morning were not high, its popularity on Prime Video over the holidays suggested otherwise. The absence of a notable mention calls for a metaphorical blast of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “Murder on the Dance Floor,” with clothing optional.