The biggest snubs at the 2023 Oscars | See who missed out on the awards

The biggest snubs at the 2023 Oscars |  See who missed out on the awards

As a warm-up for the 2023 Oscars, the Academy has already released the names of competitors for the most coveted statuette in cinema. Among the titles, the science fiction Everything in Every Place at the Same Time, by directors Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, topped the list with 11 nominations. Other feature films like Elvis, Tár, Pantera Negra: Wakanda and Os Fabelmans also received nominations. However, some successful productions were left out, surprising everyone.

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One of the most snubbed films at the 2023 Oscars was The Woman King, released in September 2022 and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. The action drama was starred by the acclaimed Viola Davis and it was expected that she would receive a nomination in the Best Actress category, or that the work would appear at least in Best Costume Design. But unlike that, the film was snubbed and ended up not being nominated for any category.

In addition to him, other absences were also surprising, such as the film directed by Jordan Peele, No! Do not look!. Thinking about it, FreeGameGuide prepared this list with the main films that were snubbed at the 2023 Oscar.

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Best Direction

James Cameron

Despite being able to celebrate the nomination of Avatar: The Way of the Water to the Best Film category, Cameron was not quoted to dispute the statuette for Best Director.

Baz Luhrmann

Another director who was also left out was Baz Luhrmann. He still has a chance of seeing Elvis consecrated as the Best Film of 2023, but he is not running for Best Director.

Sarah Polley and Gina Prince-Bythewood

The two directors, Entre Mulheres and A Mulher Rei, respectively, were also left out of the dispute for Best Director. Unsurprisingly, the Academy has a certain preference for male directors, even though in the last edition, women predominated in the category. Even so, machismo and racism, even in 2023, are something present — and veiled — in the nominees’ choices.

Best Actor

tom cruise

In the Best Actor category, a large part of the public missed seeing the name of Tom Cruise, who in 2022 appeared on the big screen in Top Gun: Maverick, a film that surpassed the US$ 1 billion mark (about R$ 5 billion) at the worldwide box office.

Paul Dano

Another actor who did not appear on the list was Paul Dano, who starred in the feature film The Fabelmans, directed by Steven Spielberg, and played the father of the protagonist. His absence surprised much of the public.

Best actress

Viola Davis

Leaving the forgotten actors at the Oscars and going to the actresses, it is undeniable that the absence of Viola Davis impacted the audience. In addition to being a big name, the actress delivered an exquisite job giving life to General Nanisca in A Mulher Rei.

The film tells the story of the Kingdom of Dahomey and the Agojie tribe, a group of warrior women who unite to fight against enemy tribes and against European colonizers.

Mia Goth

Another name that did not appear on the list of nominees and negatively surprised many people was actress Mia Goth, who lived the protagonist Pearl in the film of the same name. Despite the fact that the film is horror – a genre that the Academy does not like – it was expected that she would receive a nomination for her good performance on screen.

Danielle Deadwyler

Actress Danielle Deadwyler, who stars in Till: The Quest for Justice, was also praised for her work in front of the camera. She gave life to activist Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, mother of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was killed in 1955 after being accused of offending a white woman. Danielle was expected to be nominated for a Best Actress award, but that didn’t happen.

Best movie

Not! Do not look!

After the success of Run! and director Jordan Peele’s Us Expectations for No! Do not look! were high, and the film really pleased the general public and the specialized critics, achieving good results on Rotten Tomatoes. But that wasn’t enough for him to be nominated for an Oscar, and this time he was out of contention.

The Woman King

As we have already mentioned here, after the success of A Mulher Rei in theaters, it was expected that the film would earn an Oscar nomination, however it ended up being left out.

With an emotional and necessary story, and with exquisite performances by most of the cast, the feature written by Dana Stevens raised more than US$ 90 million (approximately R$ 450 million), and became a box office success, pleasing the public. , but not the Academy.


Released in early 2023, Babilônia even landed a few Oscar nominations, but only in the Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score categories. In Best Film, the feature was seen as ships and had no chance of winning a statuette.

Best Foreign Film

decision to leave

One of the most highly rated international titles to compete in the category was Decide to Leave, a South Korean feature film that was featured at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

The plot tells the story of Hae-joon (Park Hae-il), a hard-working young inspector who sees his life change when a climber’s body is found at the base of a steep rocky mountain.

Mixing suspense, drama and a little romance, this police production conquered the audience, but was left out of the dispute.


Another international feature that was slated to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category was the Indian film RRR. At approximately three hours in length, the film ravished audiences but failed to convince the Academy.

Not to mention that the film has no chance at the awards, he could still win a statuette in the Best Original Song category with Naatu Naatu.

Oscars 2023: when does the award take place?

Anyone who wants to follow the biggest award in cinema, can attend the ceremony on March 12th.