It’s that time of the year when the best of cinema compete together for the most coveted prize: The Academy Awards. The rich tradition that was started back in 1929, the Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, reward the efforts of filmmakers, actors, costume designers, sound artists, and visual editors who put hours of relentless work to push the envelope of filmmaking. However, despite best efforts, not all great movies or artists get their due which resulted in the term ‘Oscar Snubs’. Here are the 5 most shocking Oscar Snubs of 2022 that left fans befuddled:
5. The French Dispatch for Best Picture
Wes Anderson is arguably one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation who has reinvented the world of filmmaking with his distinct style akin to an auteur. His rich detailing and obsession with symmetry make his films a treat for the eyes. While the ace filmmaker has previously won multiple Oscar nominations, The French Dispatch failed to win nominations in any category, thus becoming one of the biggest Oscar Snubs of 2022.
4. The Green Knight for Best Picture and Best Visuals
Directed by David Lowery, The Green Knight is a milestone in adapting a historical poem on screen. Based on the 14th-century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the movie stars Dev Patel in the lead role. Despite its vivid cinematography and lavish production, The Green Knight failed to win the nominations for Best Picture and Best Cinematography.
3. Aaron Sorkin (Best Director) for Being the Ricardos
The biographical drama directed by Aaron Sorkin is based on the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, played by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem respectively. While both Kidman and Bardem have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, along with J.K. Simmons landing a nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, director Aaron Sorkin was left out from the Best Director category. Having become best known for biographical dramas, Sorkin has directed Moneyball, Steve Jobs, Charlie Wilson’s War, and The Social Network, for which he had won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
2. Ridley Scott (Best Director) for The Last Duel
Ridley Scott might have landed in a bit of soup for his recent comments against the current generation regarding the failure of The Last Duel in the box office, but it cannot be denied that Scott is a trailblazing filmmaker who has revolutionized the entire industry. Having directed films like Alien, Blade Runner, and Gladiator, the filmmaker’s latest entrant The Last Duel once again demonstrated Scott’s penchant for impeccable detailing and strong female characters. Unfortunately, the movie bombed at the box office despite an overwhelmingly positive reception from critics and later failed to land any nomination for Best Director, thus becoming one of the most shocking Oscar Snubs of the year.
1. Jason Isaacs (Best Supporting Actor) for Mass
Best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Jason Isaacs is one of the best actors to have come out of England. His recent portrayal of a parent who has lost his child to gun violence in a school shooting is easily one of the best yet underrated performances of the year. Mass is a harrowing drama revolving around the gun violence in the United States that has taken numerous innocent lives. Despite its simple premise, Mass is an intense movie that demands a lot from its audience that only became possible due to the impeccable acting performances by the actors. But unfortunately, Jason Isaacs insanely evocative performance as a grieving father failed to land any nomination, thus becoming one of the most upsetting Oscar Snubs of the year.