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‘Wonder Woman’ fails at Oscar nominations

A scene from “The Shape of Water.” Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP

LOS ANGELES: “Wonder Woman” failed to conquer Oscar voters Tuesday despite riding a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood’s highest honors. Featuring Gal Gadot, the picture was the first standalone female superhero film since 2005 and earned some $825 million globally, making filmmaker Patty Jenkins, 46, the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood.

Despite nods for other movies about women and made by women, Jenkins was left off the Oscar’s director’s race and the film was snubbed in the best picture category.

Guillermo del Toro’s surreal fantasy romance “The Shape of Water” led the Oscar nominations with 13 nods. Speaking to Reuters, del Toro said that, despite the omission of “Wonder Woman” at the Oscars, the impact of the film was “undeniable.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disdained big action and superhero movies in favor of smaller art-house fare, like last year’s Oscar champion “Moonlight” and this year’s dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which landed seven nods.

Since 1990, only the 2003 fantasy epic “Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King” snapped that trend to win the top Oscar honor. Sci-fi movie “Avatar,” still the biggest box office movie of all time, received a best picture nomination in 2010 but lost out to “The Hurt Locker.”

This year’s surprises include four nominations – among them best picture and best actor for Daniel Kaluuya – for Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” in which an African-American man finds himself trapped at his white girlfriend’s house with her odd family.

The $5 million horror flick raked in over $250 million globally and became a talking point around modern-day race relations in America.

“I think that there’s a piece of the black experience that is communicated in the film,” Peele told Reuters, “and through Daniel’s performance that people of color recognize and haven’t seen and that people not of color needed to see as well.”

An 88-year-old Christopher Plummer was also a surprise contender in the supporting actor race for the Getty kidnapping film “All the Money in the World.”

Plummer boarded the movie a month before its release, replacing actor Kevin Spacey because of sexual misconduct allegations.

Plummer stepped in after Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple men.

Spacey issued an apology for the first reported incident, involving actor Anthony Rapp.

“Everything has happened so quickly of late,” Plummer said in a written statement, “that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all.”

Steven Spielberg was snubbed in the directing race for “The Post,” as was star Tom Hanks.

“Mudbound” and director Dee Rees were excluded from best picture and directing nominations.

Rees did land a nod for adapted screenplay, however, and her director of photography Rachel Morrison has become the first woman ever nominated for the cinematography Oscar.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 25, 2018, on page 12.

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