Nope, Tom Cruise, The Woman King Among Most-Derided Oscar Snubs

Another year of Oscar nominations, another outcry about the films and performances that weren’t nominated.

While there’s plenty to be celebrated on social media — like Everything Everywhere All At Once’s dominant 11 nominations and Angela Bassett being the first actor to be nominated for a performance in an MCU film — there’s also quite a some fury over the snubbing of films like Jordan Peele’s Nope, which was shunned despite critical acclaim. And while the Academy has historically been reluctant to reward horror, Peele has received Oscar recognition in the past with Get Out.

It also underscores a lack of black filmmakers and artists in this year’s nominations, with no women nominated in the director category. In particular, the critically acclaimed The Woman King was completely shut out, where many predicted that Viola Davis would at least be recognized for her performance.

And then there were some categories: one of the year’s biggest hits, Top Gun: Maverick, scored six nominations, including a coveted Best Picture nod. But star Tom Cruise didn’t get the same love from the Academy, nor did director Joseph Kosinski.

That director category became one of the more controversial after nominations were announced. Despite a best picture nod for Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron was not nominated in the director category.

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And besides the lack of women, others were frustrated to see RRR director SS Rajamouli left. The film was also snubbed in Best Picture despite its critical acclaim and passionate fanbase, though it was nominated for Best Original Song for Naatu Naatu.

And, as the tweet above indicates, there were many who wanted to see more love for the South Korean film Decision to Leave.

What do you think is the biggest snub in this year’s Oscar nominations? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alex Stedman is a news editor for IGN, leading entertainment reporting. When she’s not writing or editing, you can find her reading fantasy novels or playing Dungeons & Dragons.


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