The Oscar nominees are out, and once again prove that the whole event is a joke.
Starting with Best Picture, the highlights include: Avatar: The Way of Water, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Top Gun: Maverick, and Women Talking. No surprises there, as they were some of the biggest and most popular movies of the year.
The Oscars are making some progress. With Top Gun and Avatar being some of the nominees, it seems like blockbusters are finally getting some recognition. Hopefully it’ll pave the way for more of them to be nominated in the future.
But despite the new movies and representation in Best Actors and Actresses, one film got totally and utterly snubbed: Jordan Peele’s NOPE.
The irony is heavy, since one of the themes of the film is about Black people being misrepresented in Hollywood and film history. Starring Keke Palmer and Daniel Kaluuya, it follows them as their horse ranch becomes the target of an alien spacecraft. While maybe not beating Get Out as Peele’s best work, it was definitely good enough to have been nominated. NOPE has it all – beautiful CGI, amazing acting, and great writing – but how did The Way of Water get nominated and it didn’t?
Even though Black Panther: Wakanda Forever got snubbed in the Best Picture and Best Director categories, we can take some comfort in Angela Bassett getting nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Her performance was legendary in the Marvel film, and the nomination is well deserved. According to Variety, Bassett made superhero cinema history as the first woman, the first person of color, and the first Marvel Studios actor to be nominated for an Academy Award for their performance in a comic book adaptation. Another important mention in that category includes Stephanie Hsu for Everything Everywhere All at Once, the first Asian actress ever to be nominated since Merle Oberon in 1935.
With Ke Huy Quan nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and Michelle Yeoh for Best Actress, the Oscars are already a big win for the Everything Everywhere All at Once family.
An honorary mention in the Best Actor category is Brendan Frasier for The Whale. Even just watching the trailer nearly had people in tears from his performance.
A total snub for Best Actress was Margot Robbie in Babylon. Her acting was heartbreaking and the whole movie wouldn’t have been the same without her. She brought her Harley Quinn-esque vibe but with deeper and more complex layers behind it.
What did you think of the Oscar nominations? Was there anyone who you thought got snubbed? A movie? Don’t be afraid to reach out and let me know!
By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts