It was a lovely Sunday evening for best picture winner ‘The Shape of Water’ and other honored films at the 90th Academy Awards, which aired on ABC, but as always…not everyone got to taste victory. And though we spent last night toasting the winners, now’s the time to get worked up on behalf of this year’s Oscar snubs. ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Mudbound,’ ‘The Post’…none of those films took home a statuette. ‘Lady Bird’ is an especially interesting case. The movie went into Sunday up for five awards, including best director for Greta Gerwig and best picture. ‘Lady Bird’ was directed by a woman, and featured a young female character wrestling with adulthood, but it went home empty-handed in a year when the ceremony itself celebrated women in Hollywood. Gerwig would have made history as only the second woman to win best director after being just the fifth female filmmaker nominated in the category.
When it comes to ‘The Post,’ Oscar night was just the latest awards ceremony from which the Steven Spielberg-directed effort went home empty-handed. The timely film about the importance of press freedom was previously shut out at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and wasn’t even nominated for Writers Guild or Screen Actors Guild honors. Spielberg plus Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks seemed to equal awards shoo-in for many, including Golden Globes host Seth Meyers. “‘The Post’ is a film about journalistic integrity, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. No, not yet. We have to wait.” Next up, ‘Mudbound,’ which had several chances to make history on Sunday. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison was the first ever female nominee in the category and Mary J. Blige was the only person to be nominated for best original song and supporting actress in the same year.
But the Netflix movie lost both awards, as well as the honor for best adapted screenplay, which would have made co-writer and director Dee Rees the first African-American woman to win in that category. ‘Phantom Thread,’ meanwhile, avoided a shutout by earning best costume design, but winner Mark Bridges also scored an additional prize, taking home a jet ski after delivering the evening’s shortest acceptance speech in a contest set up by host Jimmy Kimmel.
And while ‘Get Out’ won the high-profile best original screenplay award in a moment that earned writer Jordan Peele a standing ovation, Peele wasn’t able to become the first black man to win best director, nor did his film win best picture. He was the first African-American to be up for all three awards for his directorial debut. So, which Oscar snub bothered you the most on Sunday night? Leave us your take and/or rant in the comments. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Lyndsey Rodrigues..
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