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We’ve already reported on the big winners from last night’s 91st Academy Awards, hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Although Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Roma dominated the night, other heavily nominated films didn’t take home as many awards. Here, we’ve gathered the films that walked away with only a win or two — or none — despite their ample nominations.
Although Olivia Colman won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work on The Favourite, the film took home awards in none of the other nine categories in which it was nominated. The film tied with Roma for the most nominations heading into last night, but Roma won three — including Best Director — compared to The Favourite’s mere one.
It’s especially notable that The Favourite occupied two of the night’s five nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role but won neither — both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz went home empty-handed. The film was the only one nominated twice in the same category (although costume designer Sandy Powell was nominated twice in the same category, Best Costume Design, but for two different films).
Although Vice was nominated in eight categories, it only won one award, in a non-major category. The film won Best Makeup and Hair; however, in this category, it only faced two opponents — Border and Mary Queen of Scots — whereas it faced four opponents in the other categories for which it was nominated (or, in the case of Best Picture, seven).
In the major acting categories for which Vice was nominated, it never once won: Amy Adams lost Best Actress in a Supporting Role to Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk (we hoped Adams would win), Sam Rockwell lost Best Actor in a Supporting Role to Mahershala Ali for Green Book, and Christian Bale lost Best Actor in a Leading Role to Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody. Vice also lost Best Picture to Bohemian Rhapsody and Best Director to Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.
A Star Is Born
Just as we hoped Amy Adams would win Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Vice, we hoped Lady Gaga would win Best Actress in a Leading Role for A Star Is Born. She instead lost to Olivia Colman for The Favourite. This loss was certainly not the film’s only for the night: Sam Elliott also lost Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, and Eric Roth lost Best Adapted Screenplay to Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott for BlacKkKlansman; Bradley Cooper lost Best Actor in a Leading Role; and A Star Is Born lost Best Picture.
However, the film did win the much-deserved Best Original Song award for the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga duet “Shallow,” which also won a Grammy two weeks ago for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Just as Gaga performed “Shallow” at the Grammys, she and Cooper performed it together at the Oscars (at the Grammys, Gaga sang both vocalists’ parts). This award is Lady Gaga’s first Oscar.
Do you think these movies should have earned more awards than they received? What films do you think deserved fewer wins? Who got snubbed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!