“Surprises” and “Snubs” of the 90th Annual Oscar Nominations

Gisselle Lopez

January 31st, 2018

Oscar statuettes are displayed in NYC

We are in the midst of awards season, folks.

The Golden Globes has come and gone, the Grammy Awards took place this past Sunday, and the media has hit the ground running with editorials and reactions to the most recent announcement: the nominations for this year’s Oscars.

If you have yet to find out about who and what made the list, the nominations for each category are listed on the previous page!

Sadly, it’s been a couple of years since Leonardo DiCaprio won his Academy Award for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant (2015), so my interest in who is in the running to receive an Oscar has diminished somewhat.

All jokes aside, let’s get into the details surrounding this year’s nominations!

On Tuesday, January 23, Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis went live on the news to announce the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards.

2017’s line-up was one for the books; many films released last year were rich with captivating performances and prominent plot themes that left audiences thinking, while at the same time providing ample opportunities to leave them reeling, horrified, and amazed.

From Jordan Peele’s Get Out to Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman – yeah, I’m probably never going to shut up about this movie – the year of 2017 restructured the mold of what an Oscar-worthy film looks like, and assisted in setting the standard for future films to coming in later years.

Once the massive list of nominations was made public, both fans and celebrities alike took to social media and began to express their reactions to the actors, actresses, and films that were given a nod by the committee to partake in this year’s ceremony.

Like with any of these events, there was sure to be a spectrum of reactions, ranging from positive to negative, concerning the films, cast, and crew that received a nomination for the Oscars.

Popularly deemed “surprises and snubs,” here are three examples of reactions that fans, celebrities, and nominees had in response to the 2018 Oscars nominations.


For those of you that are unaware, Guillermo Del Toro is pretty famous for his innovative yet borderline controversial projects in the film industry, such as Pan’s Labyrinth and now The Shape of Water.

That’s not to say that Del Toro’s films don’t end up producing surprisingly beautiful and astonishing works of art for what they initially present to audiences, and based on the overall reception of the film, The Shape of Water was no different.

Del Toro’s The Shape of Water tells the tale of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who appears to live a mundane life as a cleaning lady for a high-security government facility.

Her life changes the moment she encounters the mystical creature the facility has been keeping on lockdown as a classified government secret.

So begins the tale of a fantastical love story laced with familiar elements of monster movies, and it provided an air of originality and creativity that only Del Toro’s mind could have brought to life.

Yet, The Shape of Water proved to be so much more than just a good, or even fantastic film.

This year, the Academy Awards have granted Del Toro’s The Shape of Water thirteen nominations, marking it as this year’s frontrunner and making it a triumph for all involved in this film!

What makes this fact all the more incredible is that the all-time record of total Academy Award nominations is fourteen.

Del Toro was one short of matching and two short of beating the record, but something tells me that with a solid thirteen nominations, he’s not broken up about that!

In an interview with Deadline, Del Toro stated, “13 is a great number now, and it’s happened to the best movie of mine, that I love.”


Franco’s performance in The Disaster Artist – a movie in which he stars alongside his brother, Dave Franco – garnered him a Golden Globe Award a few weeks ago.

He won “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” at the ceremony, so clearly, both the film and his depiction of his character had to have been great to warrant such positive reception.

Yet, when it came for the nominations of the 90th Academy Awards, Franco’s name was nowhere to be seen and he was completely shut out of the list.

When it came down to it, Franco’s chances at the Oscars were all, but demolished after he was called out for wearing a “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes ceremony, a symbol of promoting the prevention of sexual harassment and the abuse of power within the workplace.

Why was Franco called out? Well, it appears that good ol’ Franco has become one of the most recent additions on the growing list of men accused of sexual misconduct.

His donning of the “Time’s Up” pin at the Golden Globes was the final nail in the coffin; not only was he removed from consideration at the Oscars, but Franco was also removed from the cover of Vanity Fair following these allegations.

In response, Franco has claimed that these allegations are “not accurate” but has canceled an appearance at a public interview.


You all already know I was going to talk about this.     

When it comes to the genre of superhero films, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman proved to be a sensation with its audiences.

It was highly praised for its picturesque scenery, beautiful character portrayals by the cast, riveting plot, and how it placed its powerful stake in the ongoing social issue of feminism development in modern films.

Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) and Chris Pine’s (Steve Trevor) performances alone were Oscar-worthy, and so many – if not the entire film – scenes were shot beautifully to captivate and overwhelm the success of prior superhero films.

Girls and women all around the nation marched out of theaters seeping with overwhelming confidence and power equivalent to that of the eventual iconic scene depicting Diana Prince marching through No Man’s Land.

This DC film about the iconic Amazonian heroine was supposed to be the one that topped it all.

However, in a surprising “snub,” Wonder Woman was completely left out of the running for the Academy Awards, and it started the year with no nominations for an Oscar in any category.

No Best Actress/Best Actor nominations for Gadot and Pine, no Best Director for Patty Jenkins, and no Best Picture for the phenomenal and quality camerawork throughout the film.

I, for one, am stumped and stunned about this upsetting twist, and I’m not the only one. Fans of Wonder Woman instantly began to pour out their anger and lamentations for the Academy not recognizing any aspect of this film worthy enough for an Oscar.

However, when asked for a comment regarding the lack of nominations for the film, Gadot provided a very optimistic and humble response to Entertainment Weekly:

“I was very moved and touched by the people who were disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated, but we certainly never did the movie for that.

“I think that you can’t have it all. We’ve done this movie and it was received in such an amazing, wonderful way, and we want to stay humble and grateful, and we’re going to have another movie, so who knows? Maybe the next one!”


Jordan Peele’s Get Out presented a psychological horror film about Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) visiting his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents.

Sounds like a seemingly innocent premise, right?

Until it gets to the part where it’s revealed that Rose and her parents’ friendly and accommodating behavior is, in reality, a cover-up for their attempts to manipulate Chris into a nightmare laced with racial injustices.

This year at the Oscars, Get Out rightfully was awarded four nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Best Original Screenplay.

Three of those four nominations are nods to Peele, who has, with these nominations, become the first African American director to have received these honors within one single year.

When interviewed by Deadline, Peele was grateful for his nominations but focused on what his triumph may mean for those that come after him.

“What is most meaningful for me, is what kind of impact this will have on artists of color and anyone who feels like the outsider can hopefully see what we did with this film and be encouraged that with hard work that they can achieve their dream — and that they can achieve anything,” Peele states.

When it comes to the reception of fans reacting to the Academy Awards nominations, there has always been a spectrum of both overwhelmingly positive and negative responses to the ones chosen.

Yet, 2017 as a whole presented a diverse range of films that challenged the traditional genre films that we are used to.

We were also introduced to many original, provocative, and wonderful films (there were bad ones too, don’t get me wrong).

Hopefully, the results from the 90th Academy Awards will inspire future filmmakers and actors to push themselves to further reconstruct what films should be made of.

The 90th annual Academy Awards will be aired on Sunday, March 4 at 7PM.

Gisselle Lopez

Features Editor



“Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”


Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”


Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”


Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro


“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman


“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer


“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes


“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon

“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner


“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk

“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.

“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen


“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel

“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory


“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood


“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick


“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau


“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell


“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten


“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle


“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist


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