The Biggest Snubs of the 2018 Oscar Nominations
Ah, the Academy Awards. The annual celebration of all that’s great in the world of cinema! Annual events like the Academy Awards offer us a welcome respite from politics, scandal, and the chaos of the world around us. Instead, for one magical night, the Western world turns its critical eye on fashion faux pas, bad speeches, and unwarranted critical acclaim.
Though we sure love to celebrate the successful, pretty people of Hollywood, we also love the losers. That’s because, the official 2018 nominations left more than a handful of fan-favorite movies, actors, writers, and directors off of the ballot yet again.
Today on Filthy Rich, we take a look at the biggest, pre-Oscar snubs of 2018. Let’s go!
I remember the days when Steven Spielberg owned a reserved spot on the Academy Awards list of Best Director nominations. And, with films like E.T., Schindler’s List, Lincoln, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s easy to see why. The man is a legend.
BUT, his reputation and the success of his 2017 film The Post wasn’t enough to secure him another Best Director nomination. IS THERE ANY JUSTICE?!
James Franco’s uber-meta, Tommy Wiseau bio-pic hit the ground running immediately upon it’s early December release in 2017, and much of the credit goes to hipster-messiah James Franco. His film, The Disaster Artist was a passion project for Franco who starred and lead the film from start to finish. It was enough for a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice movie award. So, you’d think that that would be enough for, at the very least, one Oscar nomination. Sorry James, but the world ain’t fair.
Instead, Franco was pushed out by the perennial Oscar golden boy Denzel Washington. Many believe that a series of sexual assault allegations kept Franco off of the ballot. All we know is that Franco won’t have to worry about writing a new acceptance speech.
In spite of the hype (and money) that went in to making a modern Wonder Woman franchise successful, there was no guarantee that the film would find an audience. But find an audience it did. The film grossed over $800-million dollars worldwide and was largely considered a step forward for women in film and beyond.
Which is why this particular Oscar snub feels odder than most. Sure, Wonder Woman was an action flick and action movies don’t typically favor the Academy, but you can sympathize for those that assumed Wonder Woman would buck the curve. Sadly, Wonder Woman was completely left out this year. Not a single nomination.