2017 Oscar Nominees: Snubs and Surprises

by 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

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Amy Adams in Arrival (2016)

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.

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Mel Gibson at an event for Blood Father (2016)

Surprise: Mel Gibson

Many doubted Gibson would regain recognition from the Academy. But his work on muscular war film Hacksaw Ridge could not be denied, and he has gained his first Oscar nomination since winning best director and best picture for Braveheart in 1996.

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Martin Scorsese and Andrew Garfield in Silence (2016)

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.

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Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, and Karen Fukuhara in Suicide Squad (2016)

Surprise: Suicide Squad

The first big-budget movie led by supervillains, and IMDb's top movie of 2016, has picked up an Academy Award nomination for best makeup and hairstyling.

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Ryan Reynolds, Stefan Kapicic, and Brianna Hildebrand in Deadpool (2016)

Snub: Deadpool

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.

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Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic (2016)

Surprise: Viggo Mortensen

Despite nominations for a Golden Globe and BAFTA, Mortensen's nomination for Captain Fantastic is still something of a surprise, with Tom Hanks missing out in the best actor race for Sully.

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Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures (2016)

Snub: Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson’s portrayal of real-life pioneering mathematician Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures did not receive a best actress nomination. But the film did secure nods for best picture, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actress for Octavia Spencer.

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Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, and Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers (2016)

Surprise: Passengers

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.

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Tom Hanks in Sully (2016)

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.

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Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

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.

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Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Sloane Murray in Finding Dory (2016)

Snub: Finding Dory

Despite leading this year’s U.S. box office, Pixar's Finding Dory did not net an Oscar nomination. However, Pixar-owner Disney did manage to secure animation nods for Moana and Zootopia.

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Michael Shannon in Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Surprise: Michael Shannon

Shannon secured the sole nomination for Nocturnal Animals, surprising in that it was the only nod for Tom Ford's dark drama and that he was selected over co-star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who picked up a Golden Globe for his performance in the film earlier this month.

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Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (2016)

Snub: Annette Bening

Bening was considered a frontrunner in the best actress race for her portrait of an eccentric single mom in 20th Century Women. But the four-time nominee was overlooked, and the film secured just one nomination for original screenplay.

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Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

Snub: Hugh Grant

The British actor looked set to secure his first Oscar nomination for playing the husband of flamboyant opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. But while the film earned two nods, for costume design and actress Meryl Streep, Grant was not recognized.