The Academy Awards have the rep of awarding the creme de la creme of the movie industry. This year - as with every year - there were surprises and snubs among the 2019 Oscars nominations.

The 2019 Oscars nominations were revealed yesterday and these were the biggest snubs.

We focus on the six biggest categories. (Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress)

 

Bradley Cooper for directing 'A Star is Born'

While Cooper was nominated for Best Leading Actor for 'A Star is Born', he didn't get a nomination for Best Director, in spite of his directing of the film receiving such high acclaim.

The Best Director category also had no female nominations, though at least there was good international representation.

In fact, this is the first instance of two foreign language film directors (Cuaron and Pawlikowski) nominated at the same time for Best Director in 42 years.

 

Ethan Hawke for 'First Reformed'

Paul Schrader's stunning 'First Reformed' earned only one Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

Fans were expecting a Best Director nod for Schrader. However they were especially appalled at Ethan Hawke not getting a Best Lead Actor nomination.

 

Emily Blunt for 'Mary Poppins Returns' & 'A Quiet Place'

Blunt received two SAG nominations this year for her performances in the Disney musical and thriller directed by her husband John Krasinski.

The former also earned a nod at the Golden Globes, but neither role was acknowledged by the Academy.

'Mary Poppins Returns' got nominations for score, original song, production design and costuming, while 'A Quiet Place' only received a nomination for sound editing (somewhat ironically).

Mary-poppins-returns

 

Toni Colette for 'Hereditary'

Critics raved for 'Hereditary' when it hit cinemas last year.

No one was expecting it to do super well at the Oscars, given the horror genre is often out of favour with AMPAS.

Still, Toni Colette gave such a phenomenal performance that there was great disappointment at her not being nominated.

 

Michael B. Jordan for 'Black Panther'

'Black Panther' made cinema history as the AMPAS nominated it for Best Picture.

It is the first time a comic book movie has accomplished the feat, and 'Black Panther' received six other nominations.

However Michael B. Jordan's performance was, disappointingly, ignored, in spite of Killmonger being deemed the best superhero movie villain since Heath Ledger's Joker.

Black Panther Killmonger

 

Timothee Chalamet for 'Beautiful Boy'

Many believed Chalamet would earn his second consecutive Oscar nomination for 'Beautiful Boy' after his breakthrough in 'Call Me By Your Name'.

In spite of already getting a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nomination for the performance, Elliott, Rockwell, Ali, Driver and Grant were nominated instead.

 

'First Man' shut out of main categories

No best picture, no best director, no best actor and no best actress nod for 'First Man'.

This was especially a big surprise after Damien Chazelle won so many awards for 'La La Land'.

'First Man' did get nominations for its visual effects, sound editing, production design and sound mixing, at least.

 

'Sorry to Bother You' shut out altogether

There was also big disappointment that in spite of getting big acclaim as one of the best and most original movies of the year, Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' didn't get one Academy Award nomination.

For his part, Riley took the news well and tweeted the following.