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The Biggest Snubs From the 2018 Oscar Nominations

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Every year the Oscars caps awards season by honoring the many films that touched, surprised, and overwhelmed us. Note that the key word there is “manyand by many, we of course mean “not all.” Because every year, despite trying to fete the most worthy titles, the Oscars always manages to disappoint by snubbing a handful of deserving efforts. From directors and actors to musicians and screenwriters, here’s a look at the people we thought should’ve had a chance at a statuette this year — a list we’ll update throughout the day as more of the nominees come out.

Check out the full list of 2018 Oscar nominations here

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Best Picture

The Florida Project
It’s not a good time to be subtle in America. A year in which films like Dunkirk and Darkest Hour got Best Picture nods for portraying HEROES battling PURE EVIL, The Florida Project‘s steadfast refusal to explain to the audience exactly what to think and feel may have done it in — a story about residents of a budget motel in the shadow of Disney World apparently doesn’t win over the Academy in 2018. Its nuances are its greatest achievement, however, as it takes an almost sensory ethnography approach in depicting complicated characters struggling to scrape by. It’s beautifully shot in bright Florida pastels, has a killer cast of mostly no-name actors (outside of Willem Defoe), and gives you one gut punch after another, in the best way possible. Don’t let the Academy convince you not to see it.

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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Best Director

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Occasionally the Academy engages in some political gamesmanship, giving nods to presumptive favorites in one category and shutting them out in another. (Remember when Argo won Best Picture, but Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director? Hilarious.). This might be an example of that: Three Billboards won the Golden Globe for Best Picture, so director and writer Martin McDonagh (who DID get nominated for Best Original Screenplay) appears to have gotten the “you’re going to win plenty, anyway” treatment here.

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Focus Features

Best Actress

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
The Best Actress category was already stacked. Though it might have been a long shot this year, it’s always surprising to see Dame Judi Dench — a seven-time nominee and one-time winner — get cut. Victoria & Abdul wasn’t nearly as big of a contender, on the whole, as the others here, but it did showcase Dench as the titular queen, still at the height of her powers. 
 

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Best Actor

James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Speculation swirled about whether the Golden Globe winner would receive a nomination in the wake of accusations that Franco engaged in sexually exploitative and inappropriate behavior, and now we know: He didn’t. 

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Best Supporting Actress

Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Tiffany Haddish can make ANYTHING more interesting, as she demonstrated while announcing the Oscar nominees with voice actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis; she butchered names, cracked lewd jokes, laughed endlessly. It would’ve been fantastic to see her announce her own name, but alas, comedies don’t often get much love from the Academy, so we’ll have to wait for another occasion to celebrate her brilliance.

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Sony Pictures Classics

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Stuhlbarg and Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Perhaps they split the vote — Call Me by Your Name scored nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor (Timothée Chalamet), and anyone who’s seen the film would be hard-pressed to choose the better of Stuhlbarg and Hammer. Hopefully their self-worth does not depend on external validation!

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Best Animated Feature

The Lego Batman Movie
The Breadwinner
 and Loving Vincent? Yes, that makes sense. Boss Baby and Coco? Sure, fine. But Ferdinand? Come. On. This was the Batman movie we got but didn’t deserve, and here you guys are just kicking it to the curb. Shame.

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Warner Bros.

Best Foreign Language Film

In the Fade
The Golden Globe winner of the same category didn’t even get a nomination? What the hell, Oscar? The Diane Kruger-starring drama was the front-runner, though perhaps it’s time to expand the Best Foreign Language Film field to 10, like with Best Picture — believe it or not, there are plenty of great movies NOT in English that come out every year, and limiting the category to five nominees feels unnecessarily myopic.Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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