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Happy to be nominated? Unfortunately for some, that's not the case after the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

Despite all the prognostications and precursors, the Oscars always throw a few curveballs with its nominations. And the 91st Academy Awards were no different. Here are this year's biggest snubs and surprises.

SNUB: Bradley Cooper for Best Director

Cooper impressed everyone with his directorial debut, which racked up eight nominations, including Best Picture. And while he landed a Best Actor nod, he was left out in the cold in the Director race.

SURPRISE: "Black Panther" for Best Picture

Not so much a surprise as a historic event, "Black Panther's" nomination makes it the first superhero movie to vie in the Best Picture race.

SNUB: Emily Blunt


The always-charming actress had two great performances this year, in "A Quiet Place" and "Mary Poppins Returns." The former is a horror movie, so it's not shocking that it was overlooked by the Academy. But the latter is a big-budget remake of a beloved classic and it still couldn't net Blunt a nomination.

SNUB: "Won't You Be My Neighbor" and "Three Identical Strangers" 

The Best Documentary category saw two major shocks. Most Oscar pundits were predicting that the Mr. Rogers bio and the film about long-lost identical brothers would not just receive nominations but be strong contenders to win.

SURPRISE: Marina de Tavira, "Roma"

While de Tavira earned rave reviews for her performance, her co-star Yalitza Aparicio has been raking up most of the precursor nominations and awards. But clearly, the Academy's love for "Roma" is strong and de Tavira beat out bigger names like Claire Foy ("First Man") and Margot Robbie ("Mary Queen of Scots") for the nod.

SNUB: Timothée Chalamet, "Beautiful Boy"

Last year's It Boy missed out on his second nomination in a row for his performance as a drug addict. Send him a basket of peaches.


SURPRISE: Paweł Pawlikowski, "Cold War"

The Polish filmmaker already has one Oscar, for "Ida," and he received a well-deserved Best Director nod for "Cold War." And he and Alfonso Cuarón make history: This is the first time that two directors of films nominated for Best Foreign Language Film are vying in the Best Director race.

SNUB: Ethan Hawke, "First Reformed"

Hawke has been scooping up a ton of critics awards for his intense performance as a priest in this drama. Writer/director Paul Schrader did get a nod for his screenplay, but the veteran Hawke missed out.

SURPRISE: "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" for Adapted Screenplay

Netflix must be celebrating today, with not only "Roma" pulling in 10 nominations but the Coen brothers receiving a nod for penning their anthology western film.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs