HuffPost culture reporters round up The Academy’s most surprising mistakes.
Let’s all give Jennifer Lopez a round of applause for an awards season battle well fought.
The “Hustlers” star, whose supporting performance as Ramona was highly praised and earned her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Indie Spirit nominations, was among the many actors left off the 92nd Oscars ballot. J.Lo was cast aside, as was Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) in shocking upsets.
And the Academy, once again, chose to honor five men with Best Director nominations despite incredible work by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”).
HuffPost culture reporters talk more about the snubs that made a Monday morning even worse.
Jennifer Lopez, Jenny From The Block, J.Lo
This one hurts. Lopez was dubbed an immediate front-runner when “Hustlers” opened in September, but maybe that’s the problem: She had to maintain the momentum for four long months. (Little did she know Kathy Bates was waiting in the wings to steal from her.) Hollywood spent three decades taking Lopez for granted, so why should anything change now? But the hope was real. This was a career-defining performance in a giant box-office hit that had critics and audiences rethinking their assumptions about J.Lo’s talents. Furthermore, her omission underscores how the Academy views women: Apparently playing a stripper who isn’t down on her luck wasn’t important enough for the Oscars. Boo. ― Matthew Jacobs
Adam Sandler Doesn’t Make The Cut
If someone told me a year ago that I’d be rooting for Adam Sandler at the Oscars, I would’ve assumed they had a “50 First Dates”-esque affliction, because my distaste for his films and performances is long and well-documented. And yet the joke’s on me, because here we are. The famed comedic actor turned out the performance of his career in the electric and deeply stressful Safdie brothers film “Uncut Gems” as a New York City jewelry dealer in the Diamond District having what amounts to the worst weeks of his life. Typically, when comedians go #dark they abandon the qualities that made them stars in the first place. But here, Sandler infuses this dramatic performance with his expert comedic timing and instincts to deliver a performance that feels tailor-made for his talents, while allowing him to show us a side of himself we’ve never seen on-screen before. And, for what it’s worth, we’ll be processing that ending in therapy for weeks to come. ― Cole Delbyck
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