The Biggest 2018 Oscars Snubs and Surprises


Snub: Mudbound

A longshot in all of its categories, Mudbound failed to win in any of its four nominations. Dee Rees’ disquieting historical drama boasted historic nominations all around, including Rachel Morrison as the first female cinematography nominee and Rees in Adapted Screenplay. Best Supporting Actress nominee Mary J. Blige was also up for Best Song in an unprecedented double nomination. But Morrison lost to Deakins, while Rees missed out on a historic win to James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name.

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Surprise: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water dominated the Oscars with a whopping 13 nominations, and it walked away with four wins. While Guillermo del Toro’s lovely Cold War fairy tale was a shoo-in for Best Director and Production Design, its Best Picture win was a pleasant surprise. The category was a toss-up, with Three Billboards as the longtime front-runner and Get Out edging in as a new favorite. And as a weird, whimsical genre film, The Shape of Water was an unusual Best Picture winner. But the film earned the double whammy of Best Picture and Best Director for del Toro, a once-common pairing that has been split for the past decade. The Shape of Water also has the distinction of being the first female-led Best Picture winner since 2004’s Million Dollar Baby.

The Post Meryl Streep

Snub: The Post

The Post would have once been an Academy favorite. But the Steven Spielberg-helmed historical drama starring a who’s who of prestigious actors went home empty-handed. The film only scored two nominations — Best Picture and star Meryl Streep for Best Actress — but failed to win either. To be fair, Best Picture was a longshot after The Post all but disappeared from awards conversations. And a Streep nomination is almost a given. But it’s a sign of the changing times, with former Academy favorites like a period drama directed by an acclaimed filmmaker no longer winning top prizes.

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Snub: War for the Planet of the Apes

The Planet of the Apes franchise has been at the forefront of cutting-edge motion-capture technology. And that technology has never been better than in War for the Planet of the Apes, Matt Reeves’ emotionally charged epic. The genre film only scored one nomination for Best Visual Effects, but it seemed like the front-runner to win. VFX supervisors Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett and Dan Lemmon had been nominated for their work in previous films Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and third time seemed like it would be the charm. But the award ultimately went to (the still deserving) Blade Runner 2049.

Baby Driver - Bats (Jamie Foxx) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Snub: Baby Driver

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk swept technical awards for editing, sound mixing, and sound editing, leaving Baby Driver in the dust. Dunkirk and Baby Driver were nose-to-nose for the past few technical ceremonies, with Baby Driver scoring wins at the Critics’ Choice, BAFTA, and NME Awards. But Edgar Wright’s kinetic, sonically-driven heist film lost in all three of its categories.

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