Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio… The Oscars 2022 shun the heavyweights

The appointments, announced on Tuesday, dashed the hopes of big statuettes. The omission of the star of House Of Gucci outraged his loyal fans.

That’s the rule of the game. There are as many disappointed as lucky winners in the race for the Oscars. With only five slots per category (except for Best Picture), there are bound to be some surprising omissions when Oscar nominations are announced. Favorites acclaimed by other ceremonies, considered a good barometer of the great Hollywood mass, are left on the floor by the Academy. And the 94and ceremony to be held on March 27 is no exception. On Tuesday, the names of Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denis Villeneuve and Caitriona Balfe were stunned by their absence.

Lady Gaga’s Lost Illusions

The absence of a popular actress from Oscar nominations never goes unnoticed, but that of Lady Gaga was experienced as a supreme insult by his most hardcore fans. The pop diva spent in the cinema devoted herself body and soul to her role as a flouted wife rocking in a murderous revenge in House of Gucci by Ridley Scott, where she plays the wife of the rich heir to the world of Italian fashion.

Yet the singer, named for the first time to the actors for the remake ofA star Is Born, had spared no effort, getting involved in an intense professional tour and following a metamorphosis and preparation worthy of the Actor studio. She had until the Oscars collected all the crucial intermediate nominations: Golden Globes, the actors’ union (SAG), the Bafta (the British Oscars).

“Gaga actually wrote an 80-page biography of Patrizia, was haunted by a swarm of possessed flies, studied animals, hired a psychiatric nurse, and spoke with an Italian accent for nine months, all to be snubbed by the Oscars”, is indignant an admirer on Twitter. Many believe that the responsible is Kristen Stewart who imposed herself with the very unloved spencer. Other Internet users, more mocking, questioned the finesse of the interpretation of the star in this film bordering on farce. Despite its box office success, House Of Gucci has divided a lot and is not worth any recognition to its maestro Ridley Scottnor to the astonishing Jared Leto, unrecognizable upstart cousin beneath a pile of prostheses and wigs. Make-up and hairstyle is moreover the only statuette to which House Of Gucci will be able to claim on March 27.

Denis Villeneuve, forgotten in the desert

Denis Villeneuve and Javier Bardem on the set of Dune in Jordan. Warner

How is it possible that with 10 nominations, including that of best film, best adaptation and best editing, the Quebec director who realizes his childhood dream does not appear in the best director category? Yet his masterful rereading of the work of Frank Herbert is an epic, personal vision where the grandeur of natural landscapes replaces impersonal green backgrounds. His Dunes is all at the same time breathless, meditative, poetic, even political… With only five places, the branch of the directors of the Academy privileged legends: Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh, Jane Campion. Perhaps she also believes that the Canadian’s hour of glory will arrive with its second installment, scheduled for 2023 and that it will then reserve a triumph for him at the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper in withdrawal

Bradley Cooper in Licorice Pizza and Leonardo DiCaprio in Don’t Look Up. Universal and Netflix

In the running for the Bafta, the star has never really appreciated the bows of the awards season. His relationship with the Academy can be summed up from the beginning by a “I love you neither”. She hadn’t named him for titanic and waited The ghost to top it off two decades later. divisive, satire Don’t Look Up , where he embodies an inaudible scientist, was not the best calling card for a seventh chance statuette. None of its partners has also managed to break through. At the same time deciding between Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett was a challenge.

Same sad fate for Bradley Cooper, unscrupulous hustler in Nightmare Alley, and supercharged and fleeting guru in Licorice Pizza. His surprise Actors Guild Award nomination wasn’t enough.

Caitriona Balfe, the Irish rose

Caitriona Balfe in Belfast. Universal

The ex-model, revealed at 34 years old by the historical-fantasy series Outlander is the beating heart of Belfast, a semi-autobiographical account of Kenneth Branagh’s childhood amid rising communal unrest in Northern Ireland. Through the eyes of the young hero Buddy, his Ma is both a courageous and glamorous mother who fights against the extortion attempts of armed groups and against tax adjustments. Ma raises her two boys alone while their parent (Jamie Dorman, a little too addicted to bets) boils the pot while working on construction sites in England. The 42-year-old actress had until Tuesday accomplished a faultless performance, being named in each precursor ceremony. But members of the Oscars acting branch preferred to choose his partner, the legendary Judi Dench, in the best supporting role section.

The Academy had crowned her in 1997 with the statuette of the best supporting role for a brief appearance of 8 minutes in Shakespeare In Love. For connoisseurs, Caitriona Balfe suffered from the choice of the studio to make her compete in the supporting role section rather than the main actress where she would not have been in direct competition with the moving Judi Dench. It would also have been more in line with his screen time.

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson, the duo of Chiaroscuro

Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson. netflix

With The Lost Daughter and Chiaroscuro , Netflix had two very beautiful first films signed by American actresses, having made their ranges in auteur cinema. Clearly one has cannibalized the other’s chances. If the adaptation of Elena Ferrante by Maggie Gyllenhaal collected three quotes, including an unexpected one in supporting roles for Jessie Buckley, the work of Rebecca Hall was completely ignored despite the very beautiful score of these two heroines. Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson camp in 1920s Harlem two African-American women who pass themselves off as white.

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Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio… The Oscars 2022 shun the heavyweights