Every year, the greatest of all awards, the Oscar, has its fair share of moments of glory and joy, as well as snubs and surprises. It›s no exception this year. The 95th Academy Awards witnessed some historical moments on Monday morning: Asian actors Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, along with costume designer Ruth E. Carter, became the first black women to win two Oscars, and best original song winner “Naatu Naatu” marked the first victory in the category for an Indian film. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated with five wins, with “All Quiet on the Western Front” right behind it with four.
Nonetheless, many noteworthy works go unrewarded as well. “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans,” “Banshees of Inisherin,” and “Tar” did not win a single trophy despite 30 nominations between them, according to Variety, a US-based media company. Here›s a quick look at the biggest snubs and surprises from Oscar night.
SNUB: Angela Bassett, Best Supporting Actress, “Wakanda Forever”
All season, the supporting actress category has been a bit of a question mark. While Bassett seemed to be the early frontrunner with wins from the Golden Globes and Critics› Choice Awards, neither of those voting bodies’ overlaps with the Oscars. So when Kerry Condon won BAFTA and Jamie Lee Curtis took home the SAG Award, the category started to look fairly open. Bassett still won kudos, however, getting a sweet shoutout from presenters Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors. “Hey, Auntie,” Jordan, who played her nephew in the first “Black Panther,” said as Majors added, “We love you.”
SNUB: Catherine Martin and “Elvis”
“Elvis” went into the night with an impressive eight nominations, including three for Martin in picture, production design, and costume design. It looked like Austin Butler might take home the lead actor award after his BAFTA win for “Elvis,” but SAG Award winner Brendan Fraser ultimately triumphed in that category for his comeback vehicle “The Whale”, reported Variety.
SNUB: Mandy Walker, Best Cinematography, “Elvis”
One week ago, history was made when Walker became the first female director of photography to take home the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers Award in the feature film category, and it looked like she might repeat the win at the Oscars, becoming the first woman in the 95-year history of the Academy Awards. But ultimately the prize was taken by James Friend for his stunning work in “All Quiet on the Western Front.