What Are the Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2024?

The nominations for the 96th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. Christopher Nolan’s biopic Oppenheimer leads the way with 13 nominations, including recognition in the major categories for which it was eligible. The three-hour epic is followed closely by Poor Things, with 11 nominations; Killers of the Flower Moon, with 10; and its release date partner, Barbie, with 8.



The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are a time for Hollywood to celebrate the very best from the last 12 months in film. As with every year, there’s a lot to be excited about and surprises nominees who came in under the wire. Yet, with the surprises inevitably come the snubs. With so many quality films and a limited number of slots, there will always be some amazing talent that has to go unrecognized by the Academy, and 2024 is no different.


10 Asteroid City for Best Production Design

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Asteroid City

Release Date
June 23, 2023

Cast
Hong Chau , Tom Hanks , Hope Davis , Margot Robbie

Runtime
105 minutes

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

6.5

75%

Prime Video

It can be easy to forget, thanks to its muted critical reception and short time in wide release, but Wes Anderson did release a film in 2023–he actually released five, but Asteroid City was the only theatrical release. Asteroid City is typical Anderson, set in a 1950s space camp for young geniuses it has a callosal all-star cast and a time-jumping meta plot that isn’t the easiest to get your head around.

Even though Anderson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and Asteroid City is the most extreme version of his stylistic quirks, there’s a risk of taking his impeccable sense of design for granted. Anderson’s long-time production designer, Adam Stockhausen, is meticulous in every tiny detail of Asteroid City’s sets, just as he has been in all of their collaborations. It’s become expected that their collaborations will look this good, but that doesn’t make it any less of an accomplishment.

9 Theater Camp for Original Screenplay

Theater Camp Film Poster

Theater Camp

The eccentric staff of a rundown theater camp in upstate New York must band together with the beloved founder’s bro-y son to keep the camp afloat.

Release Date
July 14, 2023

Director
Molly Gordon , Nick Lieberman

Cast
Ben Platt , Molly Gordon , Noah Galvin , Jimmy Tatro

Runtime
94 minutes

Main Genre
Comedy

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

6.9

86%

Hulu

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It’s been a long-held truth that comedies, as a whole, are underappreciated by the Academy, and that seems to hold true. Released at the tail end of summer, in the shadow of Barbenheimer, Theater Camp was a delightful mockumentary that followed the community of a summer theater camp as they tried to produce a musical production in honor of its founder.

As a whole, the film is wildly enjoyable, but from an Oscar’s standpoint, its fresh and original screenplay was the stand-out element. Penned by four of its stars, Noah Galvin, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, and Ben Platt, Theater Camp manages to pack so much into its short runtime. Mixing elements of musical theater into the mockumentary format, the film manages to juggle dozens of characters and fully builds out the world of the camp in a funny and heartwarming way.

8 Jacob Elordi for Best Supporting Actor (Twice!)

Saltburn Film Poster

Saltburn

Release Date
November 17, 2023

Director
Emerald Fennell

Cast
Rosamund Pike , Barry Keoghan , Jacob Elordi , Carey Mulligan , Archie Madekwe

Runtime
127 minutes

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.1

71%

Prime Video

Of all the many things 2023 will be remembered for, it will also go down as the breakout year for Jacob Elordi. The Australian actor had already made a name for himself on the small screen, playing Nate Jacobs in HBO’s Euphoria and appearing in all three for Netflix’s Kissing Booth films, but 2023 was the year he announced himself as a future movie star with a pair of strong supporting performances.

The first was in the controversial hit Saltburn, where he played Felix, the focus of Oliver’s affections. He had a similar task in Priscilla, where Elordi had to fill the shoes of Elvis Presley. Both roles saw him tasked with playing characters so charismatic that their mere presence sucks the oxygen from the room while also being generous enough as a performer not to steal the spotlight from his leading co-stars. It’s a difficult balance to master and one that shows Elordi will be a much-talked-about actor for decades to come.

7 Origin for Best Picture

Origin

Origin

The unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Release Date
February 9, 2024

Director
Ava DuVernay

Cast
Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor , Jon Bernthal , Niecy Nash

Runtime
2 Hours 15 Minutes

Writers
Ava DuVernay , Isabel Wilkerson

Production Company
ARRAY Filmworks, J4A

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.0

80%

Currently in theaters

Suffering from a release strategy that’s left it largely unseen, Ava DuVernay’s Origin walked away with zero Oscar nominations. Part biopic, part family drama, and part academic visualization, Origin is a film that’s impossible to be pigeonholed. Adapted from the non-fiction book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, which charts the nature of racism in the United States, Origin has similar lofty aspirations for the effect it wants to have on audiences.

Origin’s complete shutout comes partly from its lack of visibility and partly from difficulty understanding what it really is. DuVernay wanted to shine a light on this work that she believes is important; whether that holds up as a feature is down to individual taste, but it should be celebrated as an attempt at something new.

6 Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor

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Killers of the Flower Moon

When oil is discovered in 1920s Oklahoma under Osage Nation land, the Osage people are murdered one by one – until the FBI steps in to unravel the mystery.

Release Date
October 20, 2023

Runtime
3 Hours 26 Minutes

Production Company
Apple Studios, Imperative Entertainment, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.7

93%

Apple TV+

It’s been almost a decade since the memes about Leonardo DiCaprio being incapable of winning an Oscar were put to bed when the star finally claimed his statue for The Revenant, but it hasn’t stopped him from continuing to turn in great performances. His latest effort was in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, a historical epic about a series of murders in the Osage nation that saw DiCaprio reteam with the legendary director for the first time in ten years.

Both of DiCaprio’s co-stars–Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro–were nominated in their respective categories, while the lead failed to pick up his seventh acting nomination. Although it could be easy to see Killers as just another great performance by one of Hollywood’s most accomplished stars, it shouldn’t be underrated how much depth, range, and commitment DiCaprio brings to everything he does.

5 Margot Robbie for Best Actress

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

6.9

88%

Max

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It’s not an understatement to call Barbie the movie of the year, despite what any awards body might have to say about it, but despite its eight nominations, it’s hard not to feel that Margot Robbie was snubbed from Best Actress. Her performance as the titular doll is both physically and emotionally perfect; the film’s entire existentialist and surrealist journey rests entirely on her shoulders as Generic Barbie.

Although Robbie is being recognized for her part in bringing the film together–she’s one of Barbie’s producers–through its Best Picture nomination, her individual accomplishments as a performer are worth celebrating. Similar to Thearter Camp, less respect is given to the majority of comedic performances than dramatic ones.

4 The Boy and the Heron for Score

Mahito Maki in The Boy and the Heron (2023)

The Boy and the Heron

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

Release Date
December 8, 2023

Cast
Soma Santoki , Masaki Suda , Takuya Kimura , Aimyon

Runtime
2 hours 4 minutes

Production Company
Studio Ghibli, Toho Company

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.6

97%

Currently in theaters

If The Boy and the Heron really is Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, as it is once again being claimed, then that would also make it his final collaboration with composer Joe Hisaishi. The relationship between Miyazaki and Hisaishi is like that between Steven Speilberg and John Williams–who revived his 54th Oscar nomination for scoring Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny–Myiazaki’s beautiful animations would just be less without the contemplative Hisaishi score that so often accompanies them. While it’s nice to see The Boy and the Heron acknowledged in the Best Animated Feature category, the work that went into creating it is equal to any live-action proposition and worth wider recognition.

3 John Wick: Chapter 4 for Cinematography

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John Wick: Chapter 4

Release Date
March 24, 2023

Director
Chad Stahelski

Cast
Keanu Reeves , Donnie Yen , Bill Skarsgard , Laurence Fishburne , Hiroyuki Sanada , Lance Reddick

Runtime
169 minutes

Main Genre
Action

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.7

94%

Starz

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As thrilling and enjoyable as the John Wick films are, it’s not often that a serious case can be made of films of that ilk to enter the awards conversation, but John Wick: Chapter 4 is something special. Apart from its epic stunt work, the thing that stands out from the film is how it looks. Despite the incredible volume of action in Chapter 4, cinematographer Dan Laustsen keeps finding new and increasingly innovative ways to show Keanu Reeves kicking butt.

Each of the film’s main locations is given its own visual language, but the action that takes place in them is always clear and legible. John Wick: Chapter 4’s cinematography would be an accomplishment in any genre; the fact that it showcases well-choreographed balletic action is only a bounce.

2 Rachel McAdams for Best Supporting Actress

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Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

When her family moves from the city to the suburbs, 11-year-old Margaret navigates new friends, feelings, and the beginning of adolescence.

Release Date
April 28, 2023

Director
Kelly Fremon Craig

Cast
Rachel McAdams , Kathy Bates , Abby Ryder Fortson , Elle Graham

Runtime
105 minutes

Main Genre
Comedy

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

7.4

99%

Starz

Throughout her long and much-celebrated Hollywood career, Rachel McAdams has only received one Oscar nomination for a supporting role in the Best Picture-winning Spotlight. Last year, the Canadian gave maybe a career-best performance in the adaptation of the Judy Blume coming-of-age novel, Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret.

Because of the novel’s length, parts of the story had to be expanded for the adaptation, and the part that gained the most from this was Margaret’s mother, played by McAdams. She ends up becoming the real spine of the movie, supporting her daughter while struggling with her own stained parental relationships.

1 Greta Gerwig for Best Director

Barbie Film Poster

Barbie

Release Date
July 21, 2023

Director
Greta Gerwig

Cast
Margot Robbie , Ryan Gosling , Ariana Greenblatt , Helen Mirren

Runtime
114 minutes

Main Genre
Adventure

IMDb Rating

RT Score

Where to watch?

6.9

88%

Max

Everything said for Margot Robbie’s snub goes double for Barbie director Greta Gerwig. With Barbie’s Best Picture nomination, Gerwig became the first female director to have three films nominated for Best Picture (Lady Bird and Little Women being the other two). She also secured a nomination for its screenplay, which she co-wrote with her husband, Noah Baumbach, but it’s her direction that really made that film a success.

It can be hard to remember, but not too long ago, the mere idea of a Barbie movie, a film based on a doll, was a complete laughing stock. It’s only through Gerwig’s clarity of vision and strong execution that the idea was turned into the biggest film of 2023, loved by critics and fans alike. The wrong lessons are already being taken from Barbie’s success, as more toy-based films are being greenlit, but its real secret was Gerwig’s ability to guide her team into creating something that’s both commercial and artistically unique.

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