James Franco (And The Disaster Artist) Goes To The Room
Another major missing player this year was James Franco for his performance as The Room's Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. Having recently won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Franco felt like a surefire bet. As of this morning, however, that's no longer the case. Franco is currently facing sexual harassment allegations, and considering that nominee voting ended on January 13, four days after the allegations were made, you can imagine that members might have felt swayed one way or the other once they heard the news. Franco is also missing from the Directing category, and The Disaster Artist itself ended up being ignored in the Best Picture category.
The Florida Project Is Mostly Forgotten
One of the smallest-scale films of 2017 turned out to be a colossal favorite among critics and audiences, elevating this simple tale of a mother and daughter living in poverty into the chaotic storm of awards consideration. After its release, The Florida Project was running strong, with many believing it to be a shoe-in for several categories come the announcement for Oscar noms. Unfortunately, that was hardly the case, with the film's only nomination going to Willem Dafoe for Supporting Actor. Co-stars Brooklyn Prince and Bria Vinaite, as well as writer/director Sean Baker, who made a new for himself with 2015's low-budget Tangerine, are newcomers, but still made a considerable enough impression to potentially earn themselves nominations.
Tom Hanks and Michelle Williams Fall Behind Their Co-Stars
Two major names in two major films this year were Tom Hanks and Michelle Williams in The Post and All the Money in the World, respectively. They were considered for nominations in Lead Actor categories, and their recent string of nominations in other ceremonies made their Oscar chances seem likely, but they, unfortunately, have to sit this year out. However, their co-stars were a little more lucky, with Meryl Streep and Christopher Plummer getting attention respectively, although neither is odds on to win their awards.
Blade Runner 2049 Misses Out On Original Score
Perhaps the most egregious snub this year belongs to Blade Runner 2049. The movie managed to get an impressive five nominations in the technical categories, yet still missed out on one that'd been a safe bet: Original Score. Hans Zimmer (who wrote the soundtrack with Benjamin Wallfisch) is an Academy favorite (in fact, he was nominated this year, only for a different movie - Dunkirk), but voters clearly weren't as taken by his work on the sci-fi sequel as much as they were with the Christopher Nolan war picture.
The fact that we're not only seeing another Blade Runner movie in 2017, but one worthy of earning Oscar recognition, ought to be considered a success on its own, but ignoring its haunting synth score is an unfortunate misstep.