Ana De Armas, RRR And 4 More Oscar Shocks That Just Shook Up The Awards Race

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While there were many nominations that were expected at this year’s Oscars, boy oh boy, were there some major shocks. Between big surprise nominations and serious sunbs, this year’s list of Academy Awards nominees is an interesting and unexpected one. From Ana de Armas making it into Best Actress to Triangle of Sadness picking up multiple nominations to RRR only getting one nod, there’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get into it. 

Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe wearing pink dress in Blonde

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Ana De Armas And Andrea Rise Borough Got Best Actress Nominations

Well, seeing Ana de Armas and Andrea Riseborough get nominated for Blonde and To Leslie, respectively was a big surprise to put it lightly. 

The category that held the most surprises for me this morning was Best Actress. While long-time frontrunners Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett made it in for Everything Everywhere All at Once and Tár, as well as Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans, Ana de Armas and Andrea Riseborough were extremely unexpected. 

Stephanie Hsu in Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Stephanie Hsu With The Supporting Actress Nomination

There has been a lot of buzz about Stephanie Hsu being overlooked by various awards shows this entire season. However, it seems The Academy heard the discourse surrounding the actress and came to their senses because the woman behind Everything Everywhere All at Once’s badass and heartfelt antagonist is getting the recognition she deserves!

Woody Harrelson as a captain and his first mate in Triangle of Sadness

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Lots of Triangle of Sadness Representation 

One movie that roped in more nominations than expected is Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness. While the Best Original Screenplay nomination was to be expected, the Best Director and Best Picture nods were not. 

Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio sitting with each other in Aftersun

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Dark Horse Paul Mescal Got A Best Actor Nomination For Aftersun

Paul Mescal has been a dark horse this whole awards season, and the fifth spot in Best Actor has fluctuated for the last few months, and I’m overjoyed that the young actor made it in for his performance in Aftersun. The actor has run a quiet campaign, and Aftersun has been a movie beloved by critics. It was always a question of if the actor would get recognition, and it seems The Academy loves his performance just as much as those who saw the film that was one of the best under-the-radar movies of 2022

N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in RRR

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RRR Was Only Nominated For Original Song 

It was sadly not RRR’s morning. The movie has been making a massive push for a Best Picture nomination for a while now, since it was not able to be considered in the International Feature category. Sadly it wasn’t able to nab the biggest nomination in movies. 

However, after a successful run at a few awards shows, the film did pick up a Best Original Song nomination for “Natu Natu” which was 100% deserved. I’d also say, that even though it’s the only nomination the movie got, I would consider this tune the frontrunner in its category. 

Tom Cruise talking into the radio in an airplane during Top Gun: Maverick.

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Top Gun: Maverick Got Lots Of Nominations But Not In Lead Actor Or Best Director

They Dune-ed Top Gun: Maverick. Much like last year with the sci-fi hit, Top Gun: Maverick got tons of nominations, however, was left out of all the acting categories as well as Best Director. The biggest snubs here are 100% Joseph Kosinski not getting a Best Director nomination and Tom Cruise being left out of the Best Actor race

While this is a big bummer, the movie did pick up lots of nominations in the technical categories, as well as nods in Best Adapted Screenplay and the big award: Best Picture. 

These are just a few of the biggest surprises from this year’s Academy Awards nominations. Make sure to keep up with the 2023 TV schedule for more information on the ceremony, and tune into the telecast on March 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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