Oscars 2023 Nominees: The Most Glaring Snubs and Surprises (2023)

The most exciting thing about Oscars nominations day? It isn't about finding out who could win this year's top awards, if you ask me. It's learning who didn’t get nominated. Getting snubbed, as the industry calls it, can define your career. When Adam Sandler wasn’t nominated for Uncut Gems—something I'm still salty about—he joked to Hollywood that he was going to make his worst movie yet in retaliation. The very next year, Hubie Halloween debuted on Netflix. But that’s just one example. Did you know that Stanley Kubrick only won one Academy Award? And it was for Best Visual Effects. Insane.

As moviegoing audiences evolve, it’s always interesting to see how the Academy attempts to adapt with them. Will the blockbusters that “saved the movies” from the pandemic get their due recognition—or will we continue to see movies about making movies earn top honors instead? Well, we received a mixed bag when Allison Williams and Riz Ahmed announced the nominations on Tuesday morning. (M3GAN: where were you?!) Without further ado, who did the Academy rebuff this year?

Dolly de Leon for Best Supporting Actress

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may not win big at the Oscars, but Angela Bassett is certainly the favorite for Best Supporting Actress. There’s solid competition in this category from Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once) and Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) but I’m surprised that Dolly de Leon (Triangle of Sadness) was snubbed after receiving a Golden Globe nomination. Appearing in the movie’s third act, de Leon completely takes over the movie, elevating Triangle of Sadness from a White Lotus-like parody to a complete reversal of fortune.

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Will Smith for Best Actor

Though it may seem less like a snub and more like a punishment, it wasn’t a big surprise to see that Will Smith (Emancipation) didn’t receive a nomination for Best Actor following The Slap. Other nominations, such as Paul Mescal for Aftersun, were warmly welcomed. Still, it’s a bit of bummer to not see Emancipation up for a single award. You'd hope that the movie wasn’t shunned completely because of Smith’s involvement. "My deepest concern is my team,” Smith told the local DC Fox affiliate back in November. ”The people on this team have done some of the best work of their entire careers, and my deepest hope is that my actions don't penalize my team."

Viola Davis for Best Actress

I’m not going to lie… I had never heard of To Leslie until this morning. Did people see this movie? Props to Andrea Riseborough for the nomination, but the Academy should know that people were going to be up in arms over Viola Davis not receiving a nomination for The Woman King. Cate Blanchett (Tár) and Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) still feel like the frontrunners for the award, but Davis previously received nominations at both the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards. #OscarsSoWhite, anyone? Look no further than almost every category this year. The Oscars also snubbed Danielle Deadwyler (Till) and Keke Palmer (Nope).

Vicky Krieps, Tilda Swinton, and Leslie Manville—More Best Actress Snubs in a Loaded Category

Maybe it’s just me, but I felt like Leslie Manville was an absolute delight in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. She was nominated for a Golden Globe this year, after all. Tilda Swinton also played a mesmerizing dual role as a woman and her elderly mother in The Eternal Daughter—seamlessly conversing as if the same actress wasn’t sitting across the table. I would also put in a bid for Vicky Krieps. She led the fantastic Corsage, a film about Empress Elisabeth of Austria that won her the Un Certain Regard Best Performance Prize after premiering at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Still, Corsage didn’t receive any recognition from the Academy this year.

No Nominations for Nope

The horror genre has rarely been represented at the Oscars. The only horror films to ever win an Oscar are The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, and Get Out. If you ask some true horror fans, those four films are more like thrillers, not totally representing what the genre is today, Although Get Out walked away with Best Original Screenplay, Jordan Peele received zero nominations for this year’s summer horror blockbuster: Nope. Not even a single nod for its visual effects or sound design. Barbarian, an indie horror delight for fans this year, also didn’t receive Academy recognition—though I never imagined it would. Does the Academy hate scary movies? 2023 Oscars nominations presenter Allison Williams and M3GAN may have a word about that next year.

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Superheroes Fail Once Again

Superheroes, despite bringing in millions and millions at the box office every year, were largely critical failures in 2022. , Black Adam, Morbius, and Doctor Strange in the Multitude of Madness never had a chance. But Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Batman were relatively beloved additions to the superhero film canon. Angela Bassett was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Ruth E. Carter for Costume Design, and Rihanna for Best Original Song, but that was about it—aside from another nomination for Visual Effects.

Female Directors Completely Shut Out

The Academy did not nominate a single female director this year, choosing instead to recognize Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin), Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once), Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans), Todd Field (Tár), and Ruben Östlund (Triangle of Sadness). This, no doubt, is going to anger a lot of people. The Critics Choice Awards did much better, including Sarah Polley (Women Talking) and Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King). This morning, Women Talking got a nod for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, but The Woman King and She Said were completely shut out. What’s left to say about something like this? It just feels like the Academy knows better than to spend another year nominating five male directors—four of whom are white. Refusing to recognize female directors year after year doesn’t feel like a celebration of filmmaking to me.

Does the Academy Watch Movies That Aren't in English?

Did I mention that international directors didn’t have much luck this year, either? Despite a massive campaign to nab the thrilling Indian action flick RRR a Best Picture nomination, the Academy did the thing we all figured it would do—and gave RRR only one nomination for Best Original Song. Not even a Best Director nod, like director S.S. Rajamouli received at the Critics’ Choice Awards. South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Decision to Leave) was also recognized at the Critics Choice Awards, but his film didn’t receive a single nomination at this year’s Oscars. The two internationals film to break through were 2022 Triangle of Sadness and All Quiet on the Western Front. Sure, you can look at the year that Parasite won as a great achievement for international films, but not if it remains an outlier. Once again, we have to ask: Does the Oscars celebrate film, or does it just celebrate English-language film? Any year that all ten Best Picture nominees are in English just feels wrong. And no, speaking Na’vi doesn’t count.

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Who got snubbed at Oscars 2023? ›

Snub: Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler

Two Black actresses were thought to have a good shot at nominations for best actress – Davis for The Woman King (a best picture nominee) and Danielle Deadwyler for Till. Neither was nominated.

Who are the 2023 Oscar nominees? ›

95th Academy Awards

What movie got the most Oscar nominations 2023? ›

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” — the newfangled time-twisting film which topped all films with 11 nominations on Tuesday — picked up three in the supporting actor categories. Ke Huy Quan landed a best supporting actor nod, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu were each in the race for best supporting actress.

Who is nominated for Best Actor Oscar 2023? ›

2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Actor

CATEGORY COMMENTARY: The best actor race is comprised of all first-time nominees — Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”) and Bill Nighy (“Living”).

Who is the only man to have won 3 Best Oscars? ›

Six have won exactly three acting Academy Awards: Daniel Day-Lewis (three Best Actor awards), Frances McDormand (three Best Actress awards), Meryl Streep (two Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Actress award), Jack Nicholson (two Best Actor awards and one Best Supporting Actor award), Ingrid Bergman (two Best ...

Who is the only actor to win back to back Oscars? ›

Tom Hanks. The '90s were a good time for Hanks. He pulled off an incredible feat by winning back-to-back Best Actor awards. First he won for “Philadelphia,” and then he added another statue for “Forrest Gump.” Neither of those movies necessarily holds up great, but the Oscars still count.

What are the Oscar predictions for 2023? ›

Best Picture Contenders
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once. Best Picture (or equivalent) wins: NBR (Top 10), AFI Movies of the Year, LAFCA (tie), Critics Choice. ...
  • The Banshees of Inisherin. ...
  • The Fabelmans. ...
  • Tár. ...
  • Triangle of Sadness. ...
  • Elvis. ...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front. ...
  • Women Talking.
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Who is the youngest Oscar nominee? ›

As of March 2022, the all-time youngest Academy Award nominee in an acting category was Justin Henry, who was just eight years old when he was nominated for his role as Billy in "Kramer vs Kramer" (1979).

Who is the oldest person to be nominated for an Oscar? ›

90: Age of John Williams, nominated for best original score for “The Fabelmans.” The composer's latest nomination makes him the oldest person ever to be nominated for a competitive Oscar.

What are the only 3 films to win the Big 5 Oscars? ›

In the past 90 years, only three films, It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) have won all five Oscars from the forty-three films that secured nominations in all five prestige Academy Award categories.

What is the shortest film to win an Oscar? ›

The film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards; at 1 minute and 40 seconds, it is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar.
Fresh Guacamole
Running time1 minute, 40 seconds long
CountryUnited States
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What are the top 5 movies that won the most Oscars? ›

Movies with the most Oscar wins
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003) - 11. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Warner Bros.) ...
  • Titanic (1997) - 11. ...
  • Ben-Hur (1959) - 11. ...
  • West Side Story (1961) - 10. ...
  • The English Patient (1996) - 9. ...
  • The Last Emperor (1987) - 9.
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Who is the Best Actor in the world? ›

Empire's 50 Greatest Actors Of All Time List, Revealed
  • Denzel Washington. ...
  • Tom Hanks. ...
  • Marilyn Monroe. ...
  • Robert De Niro. ...
  • Bette Davis. ...
  • Natalie Portman. ...
  • Heath Ledger. ...
  • Katharine Hepburn.
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Who is the most nominated male actor? ›

Jack Nicholson has received the most Academy Award nominations for any male actor with twelve nominations.

Who is the 3 time Oscar winner who is also the most nominated male actor in the Academy history? ›

Who is the most Oscar-nominated actor? Jack Nicholson, star of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Shining (1980) and Batman (1989), has received 12 Academy Award nominations and three wins, making him the most nominated male actor ever.

Who is the most awarded actor of all time? ›

As of 2022, Katharine Hepburn maintained her lead as the actor with the most Oscar wins of all time.

Has an Oscar been taken away from a winner? ›

As of now, no Oscar winner has ever had their award rescinded by the Academy, although producer and serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the governing body in 2017.

Has any actor won 2 Oscars in a row? ›

Two actors have won two consecutive awards: Spencer Tracy – Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938) Tom Hanks – Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994)

Has any actor refused an Oscar? ›

(NEXSTAR) – The Academy Award is generally regarded as one of the highest honors that an actor can receive — the keyword being “generally.” In the history of the Oscars, however, there have only been three people who refused their awards: actors George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, and screenwriter Dudley Nichols.

Who refused an Oscar Why? ›

Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined the best-actor award on behalf of Marlon Brando during an Oscars protest in 1973, has died aged 75, the motion picture Academy said on Monday.

Who refused to host the Oscars? ›

Chris Rock Says He Was Asked to Host the 2023 Oscars But Refused.

What is the average age to win an Oscar? ›

Age of Academy Awards winners in acting categories 1929-2022, by decade. As of October 2022, the average age of a winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor added up to almost 50 years upon receiving the trophy. Meanwhile, the average for a winner of the Oscar for Best Actress stood just below 37 years.

Will Austin Butler be nominated for best actor? ›

Austin Butler is nominated for Best Actor for his role as The King himself. The movie also earned Oscar nominations for the following categories: Cinematography, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Sound. “Elvis” hit theaters Friday, June 24, 2022.

What are the nominees for best picture? ›

Academy Award for Best Picture

Can a 12 year old win an Oscar? ›

As of 2022, a total of three minors (including Duke) have won Oscars, all in the Best Supporting Actress category. The other two are Tatum O'Neal, who was 10, for Paper Moon (1973), and Anna Paquin, who was 11, for The Piano (1993).

Who turned down an Oscar first? ›

Dudley Nichols - 1935 Oscar for Best Screenplay

The first person to reject an Oscar was screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who won for Best Screenplay for the 1935 film, 'The Informer'.

How old is the oldest Oscar? ›

Oldest winners
174 years, 272 daysClint Eastwood
269 years, 217 daysRoman Polanski
367 years, 331 daysJane Campion
465 years, 272 daysGeorge Cukor
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Who is the youngest Oscar winner ever? ›

Tatum O'Neal, 'Paper Moon' (1973)

She remains the youngest competitive Oscar winner in history, beating out Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Sylvia Sidney (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams), Candy Clark (American Graffiti) and her Paper Moon co-star Madeline Kahn.

Who is the youngest person to win multiple Oscars? ›

The record is currently held by Luise Rainer, who was the first actress to win consecutive times, for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1937) and “The Good Earth” (1938) when she was 27 and 28 years old.

How old is the youngest Oscar winner? ›

The youngest ever Oscar winner is actress Tatum O'Neal who was only 10 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress for the film 'Paper Moon'.

Who won 4 Oscars in one night? ›

Walt Disney won an armload of Academy Awards® one unforgettable Hollywood night. On March 25, 1954, Walt won Oscars for the films The Living Desert, Bear Country, The Alaskan Eskimo, and the cartoon short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom.

What big actors have not won an Oscar? ›

Famous A-List Actors That Have Surprisingly Never Won an Oscar
  • 6/6 Robert Downey Jr. Paramount Pictures. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr. ...
  • 5/6 Laurence Fishburne. Warner Bros. ...
  • 3/6 John Goodman. Gramercy Pictures. ...
  • 2/6 Samuel L. Jackson. ...
  • 1/6 Toni Collette. PalmStar Media.
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What is the longest movie to win Best Picture? ›

1. 'Gone with the Wind' (1940) – 233 minutes.

Who was snubbed by the Oscars? ›

SNUB: Viola Davis, “The Woman King” (lead actress)

The American Film Institute also named it one of the year's 10 best movies. But Oscar voters bypassed it completely, a shocking shutout, particularly pertaining to the film's revered lead actress.

Who has been removed from the Oscars? ›

In fact, though there are those who have rejected their Oscars (Marlon Brando, Dudley Nichols), only one award has ever been revoked in Academy history — the 1969 prize for Best Documentary, which was given to Young Americans before it was determined that the film was released in 1967 and therefore ineligible.

Who was snubbed at the Oscar nominations 2022? ›

The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2022 Oscar Nominations
  • SURPRISE: Javier Bardem, J.K. ...
  • SNUB: No Love for House of Gucci's Lady Gaga or Jared Leto.
  • SURPRISE: Kristen Stewart Nominated for Stewart.
  • SNUB: Jennifer Hudson Misses Out on Nomination for Best Actress.
  • SURPRISE: Flee Earns a Triple-Nomination Milestone.
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Who wasn't invited to the Oscars this year? ›

West Side Story (2021 movie) West Side Story star Rachel Zegler says she wasn't invited to the upcoming 94th Academy Awards.

Who refused to accept Oscars? ›

Sacheen Littlefeather had only 60 seconds to speak at the 1973 Academy Awards. In her brief speech, she refused the Oscar for best actor on behalf of Marlon Brando, faced a mixture of loud boos and cheers, and defended the rights of Native Americans on national TV.

Which actor received a 10 year ban from the Oscars? ›

Actor Will Smith banned from attending Oscars for 10 years.


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