Oscar nominations came as a shocker this year for fans who expected their favorite films and actors to be on the list of nominees. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, supporters of actors James Franco and Tom Hanks were disappointed to find the list rather lacking. Fans of the high-grossing film Wonder Woman and its lead actress Gal Gadot were equally dismayed.
Fans had expected an Oscar nomination for Franco's lauded portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. The actor received a Golden Globes Award early this year for his performance. However, Franco's name was left out of the list of Oscar nominees for 2018.
Franco's failure to snatch a spot in this year's Oscar nominations for best actor came days after five women accused him of sexual misconduct. The actor denied these allegations and during a guesting stint on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he claimed that things that were circulating on Twitter are not accurate. He also emphasized that he supported those who were speaking out against their abusers.
Hanks who played Ben Bradlee, The Washington Post executive editor, did not impress critics either. The Post director, Steven Spielberg, also failed to nab a nomination for the best director. Spielberg's last Oscar nomination was in 2001.
Nominees for the actor in a leading role category are Timothee Chalamet for Call Me by Your Name, Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, and Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Fans also expressed disappointment after Wonder Woman failed to earn a single Oscar nomination. The film received a warm reception from fans and it was lauded by critics and award-giving bodies. The film, which was directed by Patty Jenkins, was the third highest-grossing film of 2017 with total earnings amounting to $825 million. Wonder Woman was an early favorite for an Oscar nomination since the film is a nominee for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award of the Producers Guild of America and one of the top ten films of the American Film Institute for 2017.
Those were not the only award-giving bodies with high praises for Wonder Woman. The film wowed critics from the Screen Actors Guild Awards earning it the Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture Award. The film also picked up the Best Action Movie Award for The Critics' Choice Award, besting Logan and Baby Driver.