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The Most Surprising Snubs From The 2019 Oscar Nominations

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The road to the 2019 Oscars began with a shocking start when it was revealed that the award show will go hostless for the first time in over 30 years. The even bigger surprise is the full list of nominations and the even longer list of snubs.

Before you watch the ceremony on Sunday, check out our picks for the most noteworthy snubs from this year’s Oscar nominations!

 

Bradley Cooper

Snubbed for Best Director Nomination

After the release of A Star Is Born there was immediate Oscar buzz for not only Lady Gaga, but many believed that Bradley Cooper had locked in a nomination for Best Director. As Oscar campaigns began, Cooper signaled that he too believed he had a shot for a Best Director nomination. He campaigned hard, so it was a complete shock to see the Academy shut him out of it and instead threw him into the Leading Actor category. The snub was apparently so embarrassing to Bradley Cooper he spoke to Oprah about it saying, The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually.  I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part.”

 

Crazy Rich Asians

Snubbed for Best Picture Nomination and Costume Design

After a successful summer release, Crazy Rich Asians joined the ranks with Black Panther as a phenomenal film accompanied by a diverse cast. Both films won the hearts of audiences around the world and the respect of the industry. The film gathered Golden Globe nominations and even won a Critics Choice award. Many believed it would close out award season with an Oscar nomination, especially in the Best Picture and Costume Design categories. Instead, one of the biggest romantic comedies of 2018 was left completely snubbed.

 

Timothee Chalamet

Snubbed for Best Supporting Actor

Though his film Beautiful Boy was met with mixed reviews, his performance received nominations at the SAG and Golden Globe awards. The 23-year-old actor was expected to receive a (consecutive) nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, but his snub this round came as a shock!

 

John David Washington

Snubbed for Best Actor  

With an incredible 6 nominations, BlacKkKlansman is considered one of the front-runners of the Oscars. The biographical drama got Spike Lee his first nomination for Best Director and also Adam Driver’s first Oscar Nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Though Washington’s performance was received well, he somehow was overlooked for a Best Actor nomination.

 

If Beale Street Can Talk and Barry Jenkins

Snubbed for Best Director and Best Picture

Barry Jenkins’ follow up film to his critically acclaimed Moonlight was shockingly left out of the most prestigious Best Picture category.  Despite high praise from audiences and critics, the film only managed nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score and Best Supporting Actress, but was shut out of the two main categories of Best Director and Best Picture. This snub created a firestorm online with people (rightfully) outraged by its lack of recognition.

 

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5 Women That Could Have Hosted the 2019 Oscars

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With the 2019 Oscars just a little over a month away, it was announced that the show will go on without a host. Kevin Hart was originally appointed to host this year’s telecast. However, after old tweets from the comedian resurfaced, which were explicitly homophobic in nature, Hart decided to step down from his hosting duties. He explained on Twitter that he “did not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past”. Fellow comedian, Ellen DeGeneres revealed on her show during an interview with Hart about the controversy that she pleaded to the Academy to rehire Hart as host of the award show because she felt that he has “grown and apologized and has apologized again.” Ultimately, however, Hart stuck to his initial decision and not host the show. This prompted the Academy to announce that the show will not have a host, and instead, will feature high profile names to announce and present each category.

If Kevin Hart had gone through with hosting the Oscars, it would have been the fifth year in a row that a man has hosted. The last time a woman was named host was back in 2014 when Ellen DeGeneres was given the honor. In a time when the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are flourishing in our society, and rightfully so, it is rather peculiar that the Academy did not think to designate a woman as host of the show. Unfortunately, it is not happening this year. However, here is a list of 5 powerful women that could have hosted the 2019 Oscars. Hey, there’s always next year!

 

Wanda Sykes

Can anybody think of a better apology to the LGBT community than to have another openly gay comedian, Wanda Sykes, host the 2019 Oscars? She’s lovable, funny, and would have brought something different to the Oscars than what we have seen before. Maybe one day, Wanda will have the honor.

 

Tracee Ellis Ross

Black-ish star, Tracee Ellis Ross has no shortage of hosting experience. This daughter of a musical legend has hosted several music award shows, among others. She is also beloved, hilarious and relatable to so many. She would have been an amazing host!

 

Maya Rudolph

When you think of Saturday Night Live, you can’t help but think of Maya Rudolph. Also the daughter of a music icon, Rudolph made viewers laugh for seven years on SNL, with her many famous impersonations such as Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Beyonce. Like Ross and Sykes, there is not a bad thing to say about Maya Rudolph. She would have made an excellent host for the 2019 Oscars.

 

Leslie Jones

Following in the footsteps of Maya Rudolph, Leslie Jones has been a standout on Saturday Night Live since 2014. She is also known for her impersonation of Oprah Winfrey, in addition to Whoopi Goldberg and Omarosa. In 2016, following the release of Ghostbusters, Jones became the target of Twitter users making racially charged attacks. This forced her to leave social media. Not long after, she was targeted again after several private photos were released on her personal website, which had been hacked. After these two unfortunate incidents, she gained an overwhelming amount of support from her Hollywood peers, as well as fans alike. Hosting the 2019 Oscars would have been a big “F U” to her attackers and haters.

 

Whoopi Goldberg

On the December 11, 2018 episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg seemed to offer her services to host the 2019 Oscars. “I realize I may not be anybody’s first choice. But…” Whoopi has hosted the Oscars four times in the past: 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2001, and she never disappointed! She has the experience, she’s a legend, she’s honest, and she genuinely loves the movies. How about a fifth time, Whoopi?

The 2019 Oscars will air on February 24 on ABC.

 

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