The Internet Reacts to the 2023 Oscar Nominations and Snubs Across the Board

This year's nominations include several first-time nominees.
By Madison E. Goldberg
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This morning, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the much anticipated nominations for the 2023 Oscars. Film buffs far and wide had mixed reactions to the news, and as always, some feel that certain actors and films were snubbed by the Academy. Others were happy to see Everything Everywhere All At Once continue to sweep awards season with historic wins for the Asian community.

Some of the most notable snubs include Viola Davis’ role in The Woman King and Danielle Deadwyler’s role in Till. This year notably had very few Black nominees and Black led films across several categories, attracting criticism of the Academy.

Despite the snubs, Angela Bassett’s nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever makes history. Bassett is the first Marvel actor to receive an Oscar nomination.

Indie film production company A24 produced a whopping 18 films that are to be recognized at this year’s awards.

Aftersun‘s Paul Mescal is another surprising nomination. The Irish actor made his TV debut on BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People just three years ago. Mescal portrays a struggling single father on summer vacation with his young daughter.

Others pointed out how the horror genre continues to go unrecognized by the Academy, despite several critically acclaimed performances this year–notably, Mia Goth in Pearl and Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Nope.

Some even compared Goth’s performance to Cathy Bates’ character in Stephen King’s Misery, for which she won an Oscar in 1991.

Some fans of the nominated films and actors highlighted some of the most inspiring stories this year. Barry Keoghan, nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Banshees of Inisherin, had a long road to his nomination.

Brendan Fraser’s comeback to acting was ultimately successful, as Fraser is nominated for Best Actor for his role in A24’s The Whale. Fraser had paused his career after he alleged he was assaulted by the then President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Philip Berk.

Jamie Lee Curtis also received her first ever Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actress in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

In a surprising turn of events, the Best Actor category is comprised of all first time nominees this year.

Indie rock artist Mitski, who returned to the music industry in 2022 with her album Laurel Hell, is nominated for Best Original song. The song, “This Is a Life” from Everything Everywhere All at Once, is a collaboration with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and film composer Ryan Lott.

And of course, the internet had to make memes of the situation. Some expressed criticism through humor.

Brad Pitt has notably been involved in an ongoing controversy with ex wife Angelina Jolie, who alleges that he abused her and the one of their children on a private flight. Some critics felt he was snubbed by the Academy for his role in Babylon. Others felt it was a good move from the Academy to not reward an alleged abuser.

The Oscars will be broadcast on March 12 on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.