Oscar nominations always come with a bit of a surprise, and this year is no exception.
This year’s nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and, as usual, left some fans either cheering or internally screaming.
Here are some of this years' biggest snubs and surprises:
Snub: Wonder Woman getting shut out
This one came as a major surprise. Despite celebrating strong female leads in “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards,” the Academy didn’t embrace the DC Comics Wonder Woman. In fact, it couldn’t muster a single Oscar nomination.
Snub (but definitely not a surprise): James Franco for The Disaster Artist
The Golden Globe-winning director and star of the comedy about the worst movie ever made was on a roll going in to the Oscar nominations. He picked up a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for playing Tommy Wiseau. Franco's The Disaster Artist was praised by critics, but that was before the actor was accused of “sexually exploitative behavior" by five women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times, , resulting in The Disaster Artist star getting pushed out by what's being called the worst film of Denzel Washington's career.
Surprise: Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq
Denzel Washington landed his eighth acting nomination. The film received mixed reviews (read above - "the worst film of Denzel Washington's career"), but Washington got in the best actor race over Franco, Tom Hanks (The Post), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Stronger).
Snub: The Post's Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks left out
Despite being movie industry legends, both Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks failed to score nominations in the Best Director and Best Actor categories. This marks Hanks’ second year being snubbed after the Academy snubbed his performance in Sully.
Surprise: Greta Gerwig lands a Best Director nomination
One for the ladies! After notably being snubbed at the Golden Globe Awards, the Lady Bird writer/director earned her first Oscar nomination in the Best Director category, the first female nominee since 2009.
Surprise: Jordan Peele nabs Best Director nomination
Finally. Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele landed a Best Director nomination for one of the most talked about movies of the year. Peele has become one of Hollywood's biggest success stories after the movie grossed over $250 million on a $4.5 million budget.