2023 Oscar Rejections: 7 Films That Deserved Better

The 2023 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning. A24’s mega-hit Everything Everywhere All At Once came top with 11 nominations, followed closely by All Quiet On The Western Front with eight nominations. However, a number of 2022’s highly praised films were missing from the Academy Awards list, and some were big surprises. Let’s take a look.

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Nope

Jordan Peele’s masterpiece on the human condition and our fascination with ‘looking’ earned zero nominations at the Academy Awards this year. A movie that divided its audience but nonetheless received widespread praise from the critics. A personal favorite of last year’s films, and I would like to have seen Peele get a nomination for Original screenplay.

The Woman King

The Woman King was completely snubbed at this year’s Oscar nominations. The story, based on actual historical events, scored a whopping 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics were sure a Best Actress nomination was on the cards for Viola Davis. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

The Menu

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The menu was an exquisite, delectable cinematic experience. A joy for all the senses, and it truly was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. A nomination for Original Screenplay would have been the cherry on top for writers Seth Reiss and Will Tracy.

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She Said

The movie starring Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan is an important piece of work that dives into the exposure of the sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The story launched the #MeToo movement, and the film industry has since seen a huge shift in mentality around the treatment of women. No nominations for either Mulligan or Kazan or, as some predicted, a nod for Best Picture.

Hustle

Hustle once again showcased Adam Sandler’s ability to play serious roles. Most of us know Sandler as the funny guy, but his sensibility and soft-spoken manner bring an additional dimension of human feeling to the table in this underdog movie. A Best Actor nomination for Sandler would have been incredible, but in a year with such strong male performances, Sandler, unfortunately, had to sit this one out.

Barbarian

Horrors don’t tend to do well at the Oscars unless they’re paired with an equal feeling of comedy or social commentary (read: Peele’s Get Out).  92% of 200 critics’ reviews on Rotten Tomatoes were positive towards the film, and audiences loved the intelligent, scary film. No nominations for an otherwise fantastic script and cinematography.

Thirteen Lives

Ron Howard’s emotional drama about the rescue mission of 13 young boys in a flooded cave in Thailand mainly received positive reviews and much praise for its handling of the story. However, even with a stellar cast including Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell, and Joel Edgerton, the film failed to get any nods at this year’s Oscars.

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