2023 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises (2023)


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It’s a record-setting year for performers of Asian descent. In the actress race, there’s room for Andrea Riseborough but not Viola Davis or Danielle Deadwyler.

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(Video) 2023 Oscar Nominations: Snubs and Surprises
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By Kyle Buchanan

(Video) Biggest surprises, snubs of the 2023 Oscar nominations

The sci-fi hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, but many other presumed contenders fell startlingly short. As your Projectionist, here’s my analysis of Tuesday morning’s biggest surprises and omissions.

A record-setting year for Asian actors.

Though two of the last three best-picture winners were directed by Asian filmmakers, the academy has fallen short when it comes to nominating performers of Asian descent: Films like “Parasite” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” failed to earn even a single nomination for their acclaimed actors. But Tuesday’s nomination haul, which saw “Everything Everywhere” cast members Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu all making the cut alongside “The Whale” supporting actress Hong Chau, set a record for the most actors of Asian descent ever nominated in a single year. The 60-year-old Yeoh became only the second Asian woman to be nominated for the best actress Oscar: The first, Merle Oberon, hid her Asian ancestry when she was nominated all the way back in 1935.

Andrea Riseborough crashes the party.


A single awards campaign can involve a monthslong gantlet of interviews, red carpets, screening Q&As and voter handshakes, and not every contender can charge all those appearances to a corporate credit card. You have to admire the actress Andrea Riseborough, then, for pioneering a brand-new, low-cost awards strategy: Though her microbudget indie “To Leslie” was underseen and her performance as a dissolute lottery winner was barely on the radar of most awards pundits, Riseborough relied on a network of famous friends — among them, Edward Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Paulson — to take to social media and tout the movie en masse just as voting for the Oscar nominations began. That strategy earned the 41-year-old British actress her first nomination, and proved that when it comes to Oscar season, it ain’t over till it’s over.

Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler miss out.

Riseborough’s rise brought the best-actress hopes of two other contenders to an abrupt end: “The Woman King” star Viola Davis and “Till” actress Danielle Deadwyler were both shut out of a best actress category that many pundits assumed would be mostly made up of women of color. Deadwyler’s deeply felt performance as the mother of Emmett Till had suffered a few notable snubs this season from the Independent Spirit Awards and Golden Globes, but Davis had cruised through the season so far, earning nominations from the Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice Awards and BAFTA. Only Tuesday did the Oscar-winning actress fall short.

(Video) Here Are The Surprises And Snubs From The 2023 Oscar Nominations

Interviews With the Oscar Nominees

  • Michelle Yeoh: The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star, nominated for best actress, said she was “bursting with joy”but “a little sad” that previous Asian actresses hadn’t been recognized.
  • Angela Bassett: The actress nearly missed the announcement because of troubles with her TV. She tuned in just in time to find out that she was nominated for her supporting rolein “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
  • Andrea Riseborough: A social media campaign by some famous friends netted the star of “To Leslie” her first Oscar nomination. Here is what she said about being nominated.
  • Ke Huy Quan: A former childhood star,the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” actor said that the news of his best supporting actor nomination was surreal.
  • Austin Butler: In discussing his best actor nomination, the “Elvis” star saidthat he wished Lisa Marie Presley, who died on Jan. 12, had been able to celebrate the moment with him.

In the best-actor category, five fresh faces.

Though the best actress race often favors ingénues, male up-and-comers aren’t always regarded so warmly: The best actor category is typically stacked with veterans over 40, and the same famous names are nominated an awful lot. In fact, the last time the entire best-actor lineup was made up of first-time nominees was in 1935, when only three men were even nominated. Tuesday’s lineup, then, is the freshest in ages: Every single man in the best actor category is a first-time nominee, from 26-year-old Paul Mescal to 73-year-old Bill Nighy, and a total 16 of the 20 acting nominees all received their first nod.

Women are ignored in the best-director race.


After back-to-back years when a female filmmaker won the best director Oscar, that trend came to a decisive halt Tuesday when no women were even nominated in that category. Among the biggest contenders were Gina Prince-Bythewood (whose action epic “The Woman King” was snubbed across the board), “Aftersun” director Charlotte Wells (whose leading man, Mescal, made the best actor cut), and Sarah Polley, whose film “Women Talking” earned two nominations, for adapted screenplay and best picture. Meanwhile, “The Fabelmans” auteur Steven Spielberg earned his ninth best-director nomination, tying Martin Scorsese for the second most nominations in that category, behind William Wyler’s 13.

Streamers hold on, but just barely.

After Apple became the first streaming service to win the best picture Oscar with “CODA,” the studio was nearly blanked this year, picking up just one nomination in the top six categories, for Brian Tyree Henry’s supporting performance in the Jennifer Lawrence drama “Causeway.” The deep-pocketed Netflix fared somewhat better, but experienced no shortage of agita along the way: After its big contender “Bardo” bombed at the Venice Film Festival, the streamer turned its attention to “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” though like the first “Knives Out,” it could score no more than a screenplay nomination. But “Blonde” star Ana de Armas did make it into the best actress lineup, and another Netflix movie surged into the best-picture race at just the right time …

‘All Quiet’ makes plenty of noise.

War may be hell, but with “All Quiet on the Western Front” earning nine nominations Tuesday, Netflix must be in heaven. The German-language adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic World War I novel was a favorite of many Oscar voters I spoke to, and could even be a formidable threat to nomination leader “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” since it offers a more traditional awards pick than that multiverse-jumping mind-bender. (The 1930 adaptation of Remarque’s novel won best picture at the third Academy Awards, don’t forget.)

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Michelle Williams makes it in.


When pundits first saw Michelle Williams play Steven Spielberg’s mom in “The Fabelmans,” they were convinced she was our new supporting-actress front-runner. Then, just a few weeks later, word broke that instead of gunning for that easy win, Williams would be campaigned as the film’s leading actress. It was a laudable rejection of the category fraud that has become all too common during award season, in which a star with a sizable amount of screen time slums it in a supporting category, but then the Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA both snubbed her in the best actress category, causing no small amount of uncertainty about her ultimate fate. Tuesday, the Oscars came through for Williams in the best actress category, and not for the first time, either: When SAG and BAFTA both snubbed her for “Blue Valentine” (2010), the academy still swooped in with a last-minute save.

Sequels muscle into the best picture race.

Mainstream moviegoers love franchise entertainments, but Oscar voters are more skeptical: Only seven sequels have ever been nominated for best picture. Tuesday added two more to the mix, as “Top Gun: Maverick” earned a solid six nominations (including an adapted screenplay nod that produced an audible reaction in the room where the nominations were read) and James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” took four. (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” managed five nominations, including a supporting-actress nod for Angela Bassett, but was shut out of the best picture race.) Neither “Top Gun” nor “Avatar” managed a directing nomination, but hopefully their makers can be consoled with the films’ billion-dollar grosses instead.


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Who got snubbed at Oscars 2023? ›

Snub: Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler

Two Black actresses were thought to have a good shot at nominations for best actress – Davis for The Woman King (a best picture nominee) and Danielle Deadwyler for Till. Neither was nominated.

What movie has the most Oscar nominations 2023? ›

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” — the newfangled time-twisting film which topped all films with 11 nominations on Tuesday — picked up three in the supporting actor categories. Ke Huy Quan landed a best supporting actor nod, and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu were each in the race for best supporting actress.

What films are nominated for Oscars 2023? ›

Here's how to find the 2023 Oscar nominated movies.
  • Aftersun. Paul! ...
  • All Quiet on the Western Front. ...
  • Avatar: The Way of Water. ...
  • Babylon. ...
  • The Banshees of Inisherin. ...
  • Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths. ...
  • The Batman. ...
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
2 days ago

Who is the only person to win 4 Oscars for acting? ›

Katharine Hepburn won four Academy Awards (all for Best Actress), more than any other actor or actress in the history of the award.

Who is the only actor to win back to back Oscars? ›

Tom Hanks. The '90s were a good time for Hanks. He pulled off an incredible feat by winning back-to-back Best Actor awards. First he won for “Philadelphia,” and then he added another statue for “Forrest Gump.” Neither of those movies necessarily holds up great, but the Oscars still count.

Who is the only non human to win an Oscar? ›

The first non human to win an Oscar was Mickey Mouse. In 1932, the Oscar award was awarded to Walt Disney for the creation of Mickey Mouse and the Mickey Mouse Club had one million fans. Mickey Mouse is a black mouse cartoon character that was made by Walt Disney and also Ub Iwerks in 1928.

Which 3 movies won all 5 major Oscars? ›

In the past 90 years, only three films, It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) have won all five Oscars from the forty-three films that secured nominations in all five prestige Academy Award categories.

What is the shortest film to win an Oscar? ›

The film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards; at 1 minute and 40 seconds, it is the shortest film ever nominated for an Oscar.
Fresh Guacamole
Running time1 minute, 40 seconds long
CountryUnited States
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Who won best actor 2023? ›

Austin Butler

What 2023 Oscar nominated movies are on Netflix? ›

  • All Quiet On The Western Front. ...
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. ...
  • Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio / The Sea Beast. ...
  • Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths. ...
  • Blonde. ...
  • Documentary Short Subject.
2 days ago

Who is nominated for Best Actor Oscar 2023? ›

In addition to Fraser, the best actor race includes Austin Butler (“Elvis”), Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Bill Nighy (“Living”) and Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”). All five actors are first-time nominees, a distinction that they share with Yeoh, de Armas and Riseborough.

What movie received 11 nominations at the 55th Oscars? ›

These films had multiple nominations:
  • 11 nominations: Gandhi.
  • 10 nominations: Tootsie.
  • 9 nominations: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • 7 nominations: Victor/Victoria.
  • 6 nominations: Das Boot and An Officer and a Gentleman.
  • 5 nominations: Sophie's Choice and The Verdict.
  • 4 nominations: Missing.
  • 3 nominations: Poltergeist.

Has an Oscar been taken away from a winner? ›

As of now, no Oscar winner has ever had their award rescinded by the Academy, although producer and serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the governing body in 2017.

What actor owns the most Oscars? ›

As of 2022, Katharine Hepburn maintained her lead as the actor with the most Oscar wins of all time.

Has any actor won 2 Oscars in a row? ›

Two actors have won two consecutive awards: Spencer Tracy – Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938) Tom Hanks – Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994)

Has any actor refused an Oscar? ›

(NEXSTAR) – The Academy Award is generally regarded as one of the highest honors that an actor can receive — the keyword being “generally.” In the history of the Oscars, however, there have only been three people who refused their awards: actors George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, and screenwriter Dudley Nichols.

Who is the best actor of all time? ›

The 20 Best Actors of All Time
  • Russell Crowe. ...
  • Joaquin Phoenix. ...
  • Clint Eastwood. ...
  • Morgan Freeman. ...
  • Jack Nicholson. ...
  • Al Pacino. ...
  • Leonardo DiCaprio. ...
  • Marlon Brando.
Aug 16, 2022

Who was the first actor to refuse Oscar? ›

Dudley Nichols - 1935 Oscar for Best Screenplay

The first person to reject an Oscar was screenwriter Dudley Nichols, who won for Best Screenplay for the 1935 film, 'The Informer'.

Has anyone been stripped of an Oscar? ›

In fact, though there are those who have rejected their Oscars (Marlon Brando, Dudley Nichols), only one award has ever been revoked in Academy history — the 1969 prize for Best Documentary, which was given to Young Americans before it was determined that the film was released in 1967 and therefore ineligible.

Has anyone ever been removed from the Oscars? ›

Actor Carmine Caridi, best known for his roles in The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III, was the first person to be expelled from the Academy.

Who refused an Oscar Why? ›

Native American actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather, who declined the best-actor award on behalf of Marlon Brando during an Oscars protest in 1973, has died aged 75, the motion picture Academy said on Monday.

What is the longest movie to win an Oscar? ›

The 10 Longest Best Picture Winners of All Time, Ranked by...
  • 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King' (2003) - 201 minutes. ...
  • 'The Godfather: Part II' (1974) - 202 minutes. ...
  • 'Ben-Hur' (1959) - 222 minutes. ...
  • 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) - 228 minutes. ...
  • 'Gone with the Wind' (1939) - 238 minutes.
Dec 26, 2022

What is the most Oscars ever won? ›

Academy Awards 2023: From 'Titanic' to 'Amadeus', these are the films with the most Oscar wins ever
  • 'Titanic' — 11 Oscars. Year: 1997. ...
  • 'Ben-Hur' — 11 Oscars. Year: 1959. ...
  • 'The English Patient' — 9 Oscars. ...
  • 'The Last Emperor' — 9 Oscars. ...
  • 'Gigi' — 9 Oscars. ...
  • 'Amadeus' — 8 Oscars. ...
  • 'Gandhi' — 8 Oscars. ...
  • 'Slumdog Millionaire' — 8 Oscars.
2 days ago

What was the longest Oscars ever? ›

At four hours and 23 minutes, the ceremony was as of 2022 the longest in history.

Has any movie made a billion dollars? ›

Once revenue from home entertainment is factored in it is not immediately clear which film is the most successful. Titanic earned $1.2 billion from video and DVD sales and rentals, in addition to the $2.2 billion it grossed in theatres.

What is the only R rated movie to win an Oscar? ›

Midnight Cowboy, American dramatic film, released in 1969, that depicted the squalid lives and desperate friendship of two broken drifters and became the only X-rated (meaning that only adults could see it) movie to win an Academy Award for best picture (the movie's rating was later changed to R).

Who is the youngest man to win an Oscar? ›

Anthony Hopkins and Tatum O'Neal are the oldest and youngest winners of acting Oscars, winning at age 83 and age 10 respectively.

Who won Best Actor of the decade? ›

  • 2013 - Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club. ...
  • 2014 - Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything. ...
  • 2015 - Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant. ...
  • 2016 - Casey Affleck - Manchester by the Sea. ...
  • 2017 - Gary Oldman - Darkest Hour. ...
  • 2018 - Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody. ...
  • 2019 - Joaquin Phoenix - Joker.
Jan 2, 2023

Will Austin Butler be nominated for Best Actor? ›

Austin Butler is nominated for Best Actor for his role as The King himself. The movie also earned Oscar nominations for the following categories: Cinematography, Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Sound. “Elvis” hit theaters Friday, June 24, 2022.

Did Heath Ledger win Best Actor? ›

Heath Ledger winning Best Supporting Actor for "The Dark Knight" Heath Ledger's family accepting the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the Joker in "The Dark Knight". Presented by former Oscar winners Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Kevin Kline, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Where to see best picture nominees 2023? ›

Wondering how to watch the 2023 Oscar nominees and nominees online? You're in luck. Most are available to stream on services like HBO Max, Disney+, and Netflix, and others are available to rent on platforms including Amazon Prime Video and Vudu.

Which Oscar winning films are on Netflix? ›

Oscar-Winning FilmsExplore more
  • The Hateful Eight.
  • Rocky.
  • Forrest Gump.
  • Skyfall.
  • Brokeback Mountain.
  • Road to Perdition.
  • The Power of the Dog.
  • My Octopus Teacher.

Who is the 3 time Oscar winner who is also the most nominated male actor in the Academy history? ›

Who is the most Oscar-nominated actor? Jack Nicholson, star of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), The Shining (1980) and Batman (1989), has received 12 Academy Award nominations and three wins, making him the most nominated male actor ever.

Who is the most nominated male actor in Oscars history? ›

Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male performer in the acting categories with eight for best actor and four for best supporting actor, for a total of 12 nominations, winning three, two for best actor and one for best supporting actor.

Who is the youngest male actor to be nominated for an Oscar? ›

As of March 2022, the all-time youngest Academy Award nominee in an acting category was Justin Henry, who was just eight years old when he was nominated for his role as Billy in "Kramer vs Kramer" (1979).

Who got Oscar 36 times? ›

Walt Disney was an American motion-picture and television producer and showman, famous as a pioneer of cartoon films and as the creator of Disneyland. Disney was an innovative animator and created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse. Was this answer helpful?

What movie won all 5 major Oscars? ›

Only three films have won all five of these major awards: It Happened One Night (1934), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Eight films failed to win any of the five major awards after being nominated in each category.

Who won 2 Oscars in one night? ›

List of winners
Frances McDormand22020/2021
Alan Menken21989
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Can the Academy take an Oscar away? ›

According to The Wrap, only one Oscar has ever been rescinded after being awarded, and it was actually for a technicality: In 1969, the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature was given to Young Americans, then taken away after it was revealed that the documentary was exhibited publicly starting in 1967.

Can the Oscars take back an award? ›

In Oscars history, just one award has had to be returned. In 1969 Young Americans won the Best Documentary Feature Award, which was revoked after it was later found to have been released too early to have been eligible for nomination, according to movie site IMDB.

Who has denied an Oscar? ›

Sacheen Littlefeather had only 60 seconds to speak at the 1973 Academy Awards. In her brief speech, she refused the Oscar for best actor on behalf of Marlon Brando, faced a mixture of loud boos and cheers, and defended the rights of Native Americans on national TV.

What actor sold an Oscar? ›

In 1992, Russell consigned his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to Herman Darvick Autograph Auctions, and on August 6, 1992, in New York City, the Oscar sold to a private collector for $60,500. Russell defended his action by saying he needed money for his wife's medical expenses, though this was later disputed.

Who has been kicked out of the Academy? ›

In its 94-year history, the Academy has expelled only five members: Carmine Caridi, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, and cinematographer Adam Kimmel.

How much money is Oscar worth? ›

Cast in bronze and finished with gold plating, the award is among the most coveted in the film industry — and the Academy values it at just $1.

What single person has won the most Oscars? ›

The individual who has been awarded the most Oscars ever is Walt Disney, who won 22 awards from a total of 59 nominations. He received four non-competitive awards from the Academy on top of this, which means he was awarded 26 awards in total.

How many Oscars do Denzel Washington have? ›

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington has established himself as a popular leading man in everything from powerful dramas to high-octane action thrillers.

Who was snubbed at the Oscars? ›

SNUB: Viola Davis, “The Woman King” (lead actress)

The American Film Institute also named it one of the year's 10 best movies. But Oscar voters bypassed it completely, a shocking shutout, particularly pertaining to the film's revered lead actress.

Who has been removed from the Oscars? ›

In fact, though there are those who have rejected their Oscars (Marlon Brando, Dudley Nichols), only one award has ever been revoked in Academy history — the 1969 prize for Best Documentary, which was given to Young Americans before it was determined that the film was released in 1967 and therefore ineligible.

Who was snubbed at the Oscar nominations 2022? ›

The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2022 Oscar Nominations
  • SURPRISE: Javier Bardem, J.K. ...
  • SNUB: No Love for House of Gucci's Lady Gaga or Jared Leto.
  • SURPRISE: Kristen Stewart Nominated for Stewart.
  • SNUB: Jennifer Hudson Misses Out on Nomination for Best Actress.
  • SURPRISE: Flee Earns a Triple-Nomination Milestone.
Feb 8, 2022

Who wasn't invited to the Oscars this year? ›

West Side Story (2021 movie) West Side Story star Rachel Zegler says she wasn't invited to the upcoming 94th Academy Awards.

Did Will Smith quit the Oscars? ›

“Change takes time,” he concluded, “and I am committed to doing the work to ensure that I never again allow violence to overtake reason.” The academy said that it accepted his resignation.

What does it mean Will Smith resigning from Academy? ›

Smith's resignation means he can no longer vote for the Oscars — but he can still be nominated for Academy Awards, attend future ceremonies and keep the statue he won. Still, the Academy's formal review will continue.

Why did Marlon Brando not accept Oscar? ›

The actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather attended the ceremony in Brando's place, stating that the actor “very regretfully” could not accept the award, as he was protesting Hollywood's portrayal of Native Americans in film.

Who refused to accept Oscars? ›

Sacheen Littlefeather had only 60 seconds to speak at the 1973 Academy Awards. In her brief speech, she refused the Oscar for best actor on behalf of Marlon Brando, faced a mixture of loud boos and cheers, and defended the rights of Native Americans on national TV.

Why wasn't will removed from the Oscars? ›

Another person close to the event pointed out that show producers did not want the optics of having security remove a beloved movie star from his seat, especially as Smith supporters highlighted the defense of his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Who walked out of Oscars 2022? ›

Daniel Kaluuya and H.E.R. walked out to present the Best Supporting Actress award to Toto's 'Africa' at the Oscars 2022 | EW.com.

Why wasn t Rachel Zegler not invited to the Oscars? ›

Variety's awards editor Clayton Davis explained why a major star like Zegler ended up without a ticket, saying that COVID-19 precautions have reduced capacity at the Oscars, but there are surely enough extra plus-ones floating around to make room for her.

Why isn t Rachel Zegler not invited to the Oscars? ›

Zegler is currently shooting Disney's live action Snow White in London, a commitment that prevented Zegler from attending the National Board of Review gala, where she won best actress. THR reports that Disney is working to rearrange the film's shooting schedule to allow Zegler to attend the Oscars.

Did will refuse to leave the Oscars? ›

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that the actor Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ceremony after he slapped Chris Rock onstage Sunday night, but that the actor refused to go.


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