2017 Oscar Nominees: Snubs and Surprisesby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 27 Jan 2017
Find out who was left off the list of this year's Oscar nominations and who made surprise appearances. — Michael Rosser
Snub: Amy Adams
Previously considered a frontrunner for best leading actress, Amy Adams was not among the eight nominations secured by sci-fi drama Arrival. Surprises in the category were Ruth Negga, securing the only nomination for race drama Loving, and French actress Isabelle Huppert, who won the Golden Globe earlier this month for her role in Elle. The frontrunners remain Emma Stone for La La Land and Natalie Portman for Jackie, while Meryl Streep broke her own record with a 20th Oscar nomination for Florence Foster Jenkins.
Snub: Martin Scorsese
Scorsese's religious epic Silence was expected to be a serious contender going into awards season. But the weighty drama only managed to secure one Oscar nomination for cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto. Scorsese’s previous feature, The Wolf of Wall Street, gained five nominations in 2014.
It would have been something of a surprise if the 'merc with a mouth' had made it to the Academy Awards. But considering the R-rated superhero movie was in the conversation for best picture — having previously been nominated for two Golden Globes — it almost more surprising that it has been totally shut out, even in the technical categories.
Sci-fi adventure Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, delivered decent box office but generated an average critical response. So it was something of a surprise to see it secure two Oscar nominations.
It is less surprising, however, when you consider those nominations came for the film's notable production design — from Guy Hendrix Dyas, who was up for an Oscar in 2011 for his work on Inception — and the original score from the now 14-time Oscar-nominated composer Thomas Newman.
Snub: Tom Hanks
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is out of the running this year. His role as heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger in the true story of Sully has also been overlooked by BAFTA and the Golden Globes. Clint Eastwood’s film based on the 'Miracle on the Hudson' did manage to secure one nomination for sound editing.
Surprise: Jim: The James Foley Story
"The Empty Chair" had odds of 100/1 for nomination in the best original song category. So it was a surprise to see this song alongside tunes from La La Land, Trolls, and Moana. The song comes from a documentary about the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by terrorists in 2014.