The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars.
The announcement comes after the Academy already released the nominations for nine categories which included ‘Best Foreign Film’ and ‘Best Original Score’.
In what must have been a supremely challenging task, the Academy managed to narrow down the 347 feature films eligible for the coveted ‘Best Picture’ category to the chosen few. Of those, the likes of Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and more have made the cut.
However, where there are winners, there are losers.
Bradley Cooper, who did get a nod for Best Actor for his role in the self directed A Star Is Born, did not receive a nomination in the Best Director category.
Hollywood’s current hot name, Timothee Chalamet, will be disappointed to learn that he misses out on a nomination for his portrayal of teenager Nicolas Sheff in the Felix Van Groeningen film Beautiful Boy.
Chalamet’s disappointment will also be felt by Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle who sees his project First Man—which has earned rave reviews—miss out on Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Score.
Steve McQueen’s film Widows, his first since making 12 Years a Slave, came with a supremely impressive performance by Viola Davis but has been ignored despite being well reviewed upon its release in November.
On the subject of Best Picture, Beale Street Could Talk, the film quietly tipped to secure an underdog nomination, has been left out much to the disappointment of director Barry Jenkins. With that said, the film was still recognised in the Supporting Actress, Original score and Adapted Screenplay categories.
Remarkably, the brilliant Morgan Neville documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor missed out on a nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film, which examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children’s television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, has been highly praised upon its release.
Staying with the Best Documentary category, Three Identical Strangers, the project directed by Tim Wardle which explores the remarkable story of triplets who became separated at birth but reunited years later, also misses out.
Eslewhere Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who made his first steps into making music for film, has seen his Suspiria score miss out and, doubly, his song ‘Suspirium’ was not nominated for best song.