2023 Academy Awards: Snubs and Surprises That Got Everyone Talking

Tom Cruise in
Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick"

Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have finally been unveiled and the list of contenders raised a few eyebrows. This year’s Oscars are bringing many snubs and surprises our way, and here are a few that got everyone talking.

Surprise: Brian Tyree Henry, “Causeway”

The best-supporting actor category brought several surprises our way, and seeing Brian Tyree Henry sneak into this field with his role in Causeway was one of the biggest shockers.

Snub: Tom Cruise – “Top Gun: Maverick”

Top Gun: Maverick received an impressive number of nominations at this year’s Oscars, but Tom Cruise failed to get an acting nod despite carrying the film on his shoulders.

Surprise: Andrea Riseborough, “To Leslie”

You probably haven’t even heard of Andrea Riseborough’s film To Leslie before A-list stars started showering it with praise on social media. This unusual campaign apparently worked, and Riseborough went from being an Oscar underdog to the first-time nominee.

Snub: “Babylon”

Despite being considered one of the main contenders at this year’s Oscars, Damien Chazelle’s star-studded epic Babylon only scored three nods in technical categories.

Surprise: Paul Mescal, “Aftersun”

Paul Mescal deserves all the attention coming his way for his tender and quiet performance in the British drama Aftersun, and it’s truly a joy to see Oscar voters giving him some love.

Snub: Female Directors

Female-directed films were largely shut out of this year’s Oscars, with zero nominations for the best director, and only Women Talking managed to make it to the best picture field.