Some of the biggest movies and stars to get snubbed for Oscar nominations, according to USA Today:
Tom Cruise for Top Gun: Maverick
Even with a best picture nomination, and a bevy of nods in technical categories, the blockbuster Top Gun sequel was shut out in best director (Joseph Kosinski) and
best actor (Tom Cruise). It also missed a nomination for best cinematography, which it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Angela Bassett is the front-runner to win the best supporting actress Oscar for Wakanda
Forever, bringing emotional gravitas to the role of a grieving mother and queen. But the Marvel sequel couldn't match the tremendous awards haul of the first Black Panther, which became the first superhero movie to earn a best picture nomination in 2019.
Adam Sandler for Hustle after being snubbed by the Oscars for the 2019 gambling thriller Uncut Gems, Sandler tried again for a nomination with basketball drama Hustle. But even with a best actor nod from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the comedy giant ultimately couldn't cross the finish line.
James Cameron for Avatar: The Way of Water the iconic filmmaker is a seven-time Oscar nominee and a three-time winner who has helmed megahits including Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Titanic and the original Avatar.
But even with four nominations for its visually stunning sequel, Cameron couldn't floatinto this year's crowded best director race.
Unbelievable that Baz Luhrmann was snubbed for Elvis.
The Aussie auteur has carved out an eccentric lane all his own with Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby, but has somehow never been nominated for a best director Oscar. He'll have to sit this year out as well, despite a best picture nomination for his go-for-broke Elvis biopic starring Austin Butler.
Brad Pitt for Babylon The A-lister gives his most poignant performance yet in Babylon, playing a hard-boozing actor coming to grips with his fading star power. But the movie's polarizing reception and abysmal box office may have sunk his chances: After nabbing a best supporting actor nod from the Globes last month, Pitt wasn't singled out for any other major awards this season.
Paul Dano for The Fabelmans Dano just can't catch a break. Despite appearing in multiple best picture nominees including There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine and 12 Years a Slave, the actor has yet to earn an Oscar nod himself. We hoped that might change this year for his understated and heartbreaking work as Steven Spielberg's dad in The Fabelmans, but Dano was once again shut out. His co-stars, Michelle Williams and Judd Hirsch, still managed best actress and best supporting actor nods, respectively.