Disappointment guaranteed: These are the big losers of Oscar night

Disappointment guaranteed
These are the big losers of Oscar night

One man’s joy is another man’s sorrow, they say. And while some are allowed to cheer at the Oscars last night, others are left staring. Some films are nominated several times, but in the end go completely empty-handed.

The Oscars were awarded for the 95th time in Los Angeles last night. Not everyone had good reasons to be happy. Some of the many nominees went away empty-handed.

While successful films such as “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and the German Oscar entry “Nothing New in the West” have been awarded several golden boys, films that were considered favorites at the ceremony in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood were not chosen despite numerous nominations and many advance praises with a single award. These are the biggest losers of the evening in the overview.

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

The Irish tragic comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” went on par with “Nothing New in the West” in the Oscar race. Set in 1923, the black humorous work was nominated a total of nine times – but in the end there was not a single win. In the acting categories, the big competitor “Everything Everywhere All at Once” cleared almost everything. The screenplay and direction by Oscar winner Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) also failed to convince the voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


The classic musician biopic “Elvis” by “Moulin Rouge!” director Baz Luhrmann also went completely empty with a total of eight Oscar nominations. In addition to bankruptcies in the technical categories such as camera, costume design and set design, the defeat of the main actor Austin Butler, who brilliantly transformed into the “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley, was particularly surprising. Butler lost out to Brendan Fraser, whose acting comeback earned a golden boy in the touching drama The Whale.


Todd Field’s psychological character study “Tár,” starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, also received a strong six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Leading actress Blanchett in particular was once again the big favorite for the coveted trophy before this year’s Academy Awards. But she was left behind by screen legend Michelle Yeoh, who won an Oscar for Best Actress for her leading role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

“The Fabelmans”

Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” also went home with a total of seven Oscar nominations with empty pockets. This should be particularly bitter for leading actress Michelle Williams, who has been nominated for the fifth time but has never won an Oscar.

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