What were the biggest snubs from the 2021 Oscar nominations?

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Judging from the general ambivalence towards the Oscar nominations this week, I’m not sure people are getting too worked up about the “snubs.” This year’s Oscars noms are a buffet of “sure, okay” and “well deserved for that guy” and “WHO?” There are some massively deserving people nominated, I’m not saying that. But taken together, it’s hard to even form a picture about frontrunners or sure-things or who has the best Oscar campaign. My guess is that Mank (the Oscar nom leader) will probably be the closest thing to a consensus pick for most Oscar voters. As I said in a recent Gossip With Celebitchy podcast, Mank is the kind of navel-gazing insider-Hollywood story which Hollywood loves to tell about itself. And it’s about a drunk white dude, so perfect, right? Yeah, I guess so. So what were the “snubs” in this very strange year where no one “went” to see the movies?

The first major snubs of the nominations were revealed early in the announcement when the Best Supporting Actor and Actress races were called. Jodie Foster, who won her category at the Golden Globes just weeks ago, was omitted by the Academy for her role in The Mauritanian. Minari’s Yuh-Jung Youn meanwhile landed in the Best Supporting Actress race, making history as the first South-Korean actress to be nominated in that category.

Jared Leto, a SAG and Golden Globe nominee for his creepy performance in The Little Things, was snubbed for Best Supporting Actor, as was Chadwick Boseman for Da 5 Bloods. Boseman did however score a Best Actor nomination for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an award he’s favored to win. Sound of Metal’s Paul Raci made it into the Best Supporting Actor race, as did Lakeith Stanfield for his powerful performance in Judas and the Black Messiah.

In the leading actor categories, the only major snub was Rosamund Pike for I Care a Lot, a film which earned her a Golden Globe award in February. Sacha Baron Cohen was also not honored for his second time playing the titular character in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, but the actor did land in the Best Supporting Actor competition for The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Over in the Best Director race, history was made with two women nominated (Nomadland’s Chloe Zhao and Promising Young Woman’s Emerald Fennell) for the first time ever in the same year. Unfortunately Regina King didn’t make that three for her directorial debut One Night in Miami. Spike Lee was also left out for his work on Da 5 Bloods.

And as for Best Picture, both One Night in Miami and Da 5 Bloods were surprisingly omitted, with Judas and the Black Messiah sneaking in to land a coveted spot.

[From People]

I love Regina King as a person, an actress and a director, but… I’m not sure it was a snub that she didn’t get nominated for directing One Night In Miami. It was an okay movie, but it was very clear that it was adapted from a play and I was ready for them to get out of that hotel room after about 10 minutes. But Spike Lee is the big snub across the board – he had so much awards-success with BlacKkKlansman, and Da 5 Bloods was critically acclaimed, well-reviewed and much discussed. I think it’s a shame that the Academy completely blanked on Spike’s movie and Delroy Lindo’s performance.

Are we surprised that Jodie Foster wasn’t nominated for The Mauritarian? They ignored that film completely – no Jodie, no Tahar Rahim, nothing. I haven’t seen it yet. But I’ll watch it (for Bendy Cumberbatch’s bad accent and Tahar Rahim). Also: I don’t really think it’s a snub for Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat. He got nominated for the Chicago 7 movie (he was excellent in that) and Borat got a screenplay nomination. He’s probably very happy with all of that. And was Rosamund Pike really a snub? I don’t know. But I like the fact that there are some equal-opportunity snubs, I guess. Oh, and Jared Leto is terrible and no one wants to nominate him in case there’s suddenly a rash of Me Too stories about him.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    Delroy Lindo.

    And that is all the questions I will be taking today.

    Thank you.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    Delray Lindo and Spike Lee were totally snubbed.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Delroy- stupid auto-correct.

    • UptownGirl says:

      They snub Spike Lee intentionally I think. It’s no coincidence that he gets snubbed after all of these show stopping movies but is snubbed again and again. It’s a disgrace!

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Rosamund is not a snub imo. That movie… I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, but nobody in its orbit deserves nominations lol.

  4. Lightpurple says:

    Tahar Rahim was a huge snub. He was absolutely mesmerizing in that role. I would oust Gary Oldman for him. And Glenn Close is in Jodie’s spot.

    Sorry, but I don’t get the love for Da 5 Bloods. That film just kept piling it on too much, too many dangerous encounters, reminding me so much of The Revenant in that way that I was half expecting someone would get raped by a bear or fall over a cliff with a horse. It was a mess and needed some serious editing to save some fine performances.

    • Astrid says:

      agreeing with you about Da 5 Bloods.

      • Lightpurple says:

        It could have been 45 minutes to an hour shorter and it just got more ludicrous as it went on. Now, we’ve found our friend’s remains and are taking him home. Now, we’re in a minefield. Now, we hold the people who rescued us hostage. Now, we’re getting held up. Now, we turn on each other. Now, we’ve found refuge in a temple. Now, we’re under siege. Just enough!

  5. Jackson says:

    I think RPike was a snub. She owned the screen in that movie. I think what worked against her, tho, is that it seemed like a business/normalized/less psychotic version of her Gone Girl character. I think if she wins in the future, it’ll be for something against that type. It was an AA level performance, tho.

  6. Bettyrose says:

    I used to live for the Oscars. And then streaming happened. An suddenly a two-three hour movie format seems absurd. I need 10 episode seasons to get into a plot and character. And the racist, sexist pearl clutching academy can continue living in the mid 1900s (to borrow genz parlance).

  7. Brubs says:

    Mank will not win any big oscars
    there is a small chance Amanda Seyfried could win – her category is wide open, but besides that they won’t be winning any big awards

    As for Rosamund Pike that’s a non starter. There was never any real chance of her being nominated, best actress was STACKED

  8. Brubs says:

    When we talk about snubs in relation to the Oscars is more about who we thought might get nominated and didn’t, instead of who deserved it more

    Da 5 bloods was snubbed, Delroy Lindo too
    One Night in Miami was snubbed for best film
    Aaron Sorkin was snubbed for best director (even though I don’t think he should’ve gotten the nom)

  9. Bettyrose says:

    Did anyone else think the header pic of Jodie Foster was Cybill Shepard? I’ve never before seen a resemblance between them.

  10. Woolfie88 says:

    There were movies in 2020? All I caught was crap.

  11. Gail says:

    Tahar Rahim should have been nominated