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Snubbed by Oscars! Brad Pitt, Viola Davis, Adam Sandler shut out of 2023 Academy Awards nominations

  • January 24, 2023

Break out your hot dog fingers: It’s time to count this year’s Oscar nominations. 

As expected, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s sci-fi epic “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated Tuesday’s lineup with 11 nods, as did Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” and Edward Berger’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” with nine each. Beloved veterans Cate Blanchett (“Tár”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere”) both made the cut for career-best performances, along with comeback kings Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”). 

The Oscars return on March 12 on ABC (8 EDT/5 PDT), hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Here are the biggest movies and stars to get snubbed for nominations: 

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ 

Even with a best picture nomination, and a bevy of nods in technical categories, the blockbuster “Top Gun” sequel was shut out in best director (Joseph Kosinski) and – more egregiously – best actor (Tom Cruise). It also missed a nomination for best cinematography, which it had widely been predicted to win. 

Viola Davis for ‘The Woman King’

Davis delivers a spectacular performance in “The Woman King,” playing a world-weary general who reunites with her long-lost daughter (Thuso Mbedu). But the September release was forgotten by voters, who also overlooked the film for best picture, director (Gina Prince-Bythewood) and supporting actress (Lashana Lynch). 

Adam Sandler for ‘Hustle’

After being snubbed by the Oscars for the 2019 gambling thriller “Uncut Gems,” Sandler tried again for a nomination with basketball drama “Hustle.” But even with a best actor nod from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the comedy giant ultimately couldn’t cross the finish line. 

“Aftersun”), among many others. 

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Angela Bassett is the front-runner to win the best supporting actress Oscar for “Wakanda Forever,” bringing emotional gravitas to the role of a grieving mother and queen. But the Marvel sequel couldn’t match the tremendous awards haul of the first “Black Panther,” which became the first superhero movie to earn a best picture nomination in 2019. 

Danielle Deadwyler for ‘Till’ 

The rising star has been earning nominations left and right for her devastating portrayal of the resilient Mamie Till, civil rights activist and mother of Emmett Till in “Till.” But even with wins from the National Board of Review and the Gotham Awards, Deadwyler was passed over for in the best actress category, where Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”) surprised after a viral Oscar campaign. 

a streaming hit for Netflix and even picked up a nod for best feature film from the Producers Guild Awards (a reliable Oscar bellwether). But the “Knives Out” sequel came up short in Tuesday’s nominations, earning just one nod for best adapted screenplay. 

Dolly de Leon for ‘Triangle of Sadness’

The Filipino actress is a third-act scene-stealer in the wealth satire “Triangle of Sadness,” playing a housekeeper who seizes power after a luxury cruise ship is attacked by pirates. De Leon earned Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations for best supporting actress but was passed over by Oscar. But the film itself still managed three major nods, for best picture, best director (Ruben Östlund) and best original screenplay. 

Brad Pitt for ‘Babylon’

The A-lister gives his most poignant performance yet in “Babylon,” playing a hard-boozing actor coming to grips with his fading star power. But the movie’s polarizing reception and abysmal box office may have sunk his chances: After nabbing a best supporting actor nod from the Globes last month, Pitt wasn’t singled out for any other major awards this season. 

Paul Dano for ‘The Fabelmans’ 

Dano just can’t catch a break. Despite appearing in multiple best picture nominees including “There Will Be Blood,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “12 Years a Slave,” the actor has yet to earn an Oscar nod himself. We hoped that might change this year for his understated and heartbreaking work as Steven Spielberg’s dad in “The Fabelmans,” but Dano was once again shut out. His co-stars, Michelle Williams and Judd Hirsch, still managed best actress and best supporting actor nods, respectively. 

visually stunning sequel, Cameron couldn’t float into this year’s crowded best director race. 

S.S. Rajamouli for ‘RRR’

The Indian filmmaker has been the breakout star of awards season, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Spielberg and Cameron, and delivering moving speeches at the Globes and New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Some pundits thought Rajamouli could crack the best director category for his jaw-dropping action spectacle “RRR,” but his name was sadly missing from Tuesday’s announcement. 

Eddie Redmayne for ‘The Good Nurse’

Despite mixed-to-positive reviews and very little campaigning, Redmayne has coasted through awards season with true-crime drama “The Good Nurse”: picking up best supporting actor nods from the Globes, SAG and the British Academy Film Awards for playing serial killer Charles Cullen. But the academy didn’t share the love, overlooking the former Oscar winner for his chilling performance. 

Baz Luhrmann for ‘Elvis’

The Aussie auteur has carved out an eccentric lane all his own with “Romeo + Juliet,” “Moulin Rouge!” and “The Great Gatsby,” but has somehow never been nominated for a best director Oscar. He’ll have to sit this year out as well, despite a best picture nomination for his go-for-broke “Elvis” biopic. 

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