Top 5 unbelievable snubs and surprises of Oscar Nominations 2022

February 22

Decoding the infamous question: Are the Academy Awards rigged?

The 2022 Oscars nominations are out, and we cannot keep calm! The Academy Awards are back for the 94th time to honor achievements in filmmaking and acting. Movie fanatics do a pretty good job guessing the nominations every year, but there’s always that one actress who didn’t make the cut but was a cult favorite among fans. There’s always that one movie that went over everyone’s head but suspiciously got nominated, and you just got to nod your head and pretend to understand – lest your intellectuality gets maimed. Parasite? Ring any bells?

It's time to sit down and be critical of the critic’s critiques, shall we?

SNUB: Lady Gaga ­– Best Actress for House of Gucci

SNUB: Lady Gaga - Best Actress for House of Gucci

Source: Hollywood Life

Lady Gaga’s legendary meme-worthy performance as Patrizia Reggiani bagged her nominations in the BAFTA’s, and the SAG awards, but the Oscars wouldn’t budget and downright refused to acknowledge all her campaign efforts that Lady Gaga performed like it was her religion. Though the movie was widely viewed with divisive reviews from critics, you can find praises for Gaga’s performance even in the most negative reviews. 

SNUB: Caitriona Balfe – Best Supporting Actress for Belfast

SNUB: Caitriona Balfe – Best Supporting Actress for Belfast

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Caitriona Balfe made waves for her performance in Belfast as Ma and managed to pick up all the prestigious nominations there are from the BAFTAs to the Golden Globes. When it was the Academy Awards’ turn to give credits where it's due, they played one of their biggest SNUB card of 2022 and nominated Balfe’s costar Judi Dench for her role as granny. Dench seems to be the Academy’s favorite, bagging her 8th nomination while it seems like Balfe’s beginner’s luck had run out before it got to the stairs of the Oscars. 

SNUB: Jared Leto – Best Supporting Actor from The House of Gucci

SNUB: Jared Leto – Best Supporting Actor from The House of Gucci

Source: Hola

Jared Leto’s portrayal of Paolo Gucci has been nothing short of controversial with critics focusing on the overbearing make-up that completely disguises his identity and his accent that’s jarringly similar to that of a video game character, Mario. Regardless, fans and critics showered praises on his cathartic performance winning him a Critic’s Choice Award and SAG Award nomination – but not Oscars, of course not Oscars! 

SNUB: Bradley Cooper – Best Supporting Actor for Licorice Pizza

SNUB: Bradley Cooper – Best Supporting Actor for Licorice Pizza

Source: Screen Rant

Bradley Cooper gave an amazing performance in Best Picture nominee Nightmare Alley, but it’s his brief appearance in Licorice Pizza that made the world fall in love with him all over again. His performance was no stranger to critic’s association’s nod and a SAG award nomination. Yet, it somehow missed the mark to make it to the Oscars.

SNUB: Ben Affleck – Best Supporting Actor from The Tender Bar

SNUB: Ben Affleck – Best Supporting Actor from The Tender Bar

Source: Awards Radar

The whole film fraternity with his humongous fan base seemed to think it was Ben’s best-ever performance, but the actor did not land a nomination from the Academy Elites for his performance as a bar owner in George Clooney’s directorial debut. However, Golden Globes and SAG awards seemed to recognize true performance.

BONUS

SNUB: Ariana Grande – Best Original Song for Don’t Look Up

SNUB: Ariana Grande – Best Original Song for Don’t Look Up

Source: Variety

The movie was welcomed with mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, but one cannot deny the hilariously serious parody song that Ariana, who played pop star Riley Bina, performed in the movie. She is believed to have improvised some of the lines to create the funniest bits but the Academy was not having it – it signed off a thank you, next on her song and walked right through hundreds of gaped mouths and already suspicious eyes watching the nominations.