The Oscar field is set following nominations announced Monday morning. But the pivotal cut brought the end of the line for many Oscar hopefuls – great performances and great films that missed out on nominations. Some were on the bubble yet had a fighting chance (Robert De Niro), others were a complete shock (Jennifer Lopez).
Regardless, they won't be competing for gold glory during the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony airing Feb. 9 (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT).Jennifer Lopez
The Golden Globe-nominated Lopez was widely predicted to take a best supporting actress for her role in "Hustlers." Her exclusion from the nominees list brought an immediate outcry on social media.Lupita Nyong'o
Nyong'o didn't give just one performance in Jordan Peele's horror film "Us," she gave two, as sharply contrasting characters Adelaide and her evil doppelganger, Red. But Academy members denied the actress a second nomination, after Nyong'o won best supporting actress for 2013's "12 Years a Slave."Nicole Kidman
Kidman earned rave reviews playing Gretchen Carlson in "Bombshell." While Charlize Theron was nominated for lead role as Megyn Kelly, and Margot Robbie nabbed a nod for supporting actress, Kidman's role was overlooked for the supporting role.Robert De Niro
The legendary actor would seem to be a lock in a return with director Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman," a film named for his hitman character Frank Sheeran. But after missing out on Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations, it became clear that the two-time Oscar winner's critically praised role had been overshadowed by a crowded actor field that included kudos for co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.Eddie Murphy
Murphy made a major splash in 2019, led by his role as real-life movie legend Rudy Ray Moore in "Dolemite Is My Name." A Golden Globe win likely would have pushed him into Oscar contention, but Murphy lost in a surprise to "Rocketman" star Taron Egerton. On Monday, Murphy came up short for Oscar's best actor nomination.Adam Sandler
Sandler earned rare critical raves, and was nearly unrecognizable, in his role as a charismatic, scheming New York City jeweler on the lookout for the next big score in "Uncut Gems." Longtime fans were hoping the comedian could earn his first Oscar nomination, but his name was not called during nominations Monday.“Frozen II”
Oscar viewers are going to have trouble letting this one go. The animated sequel to “Frozen,” which has seen mixed reviews, but made nearly $1.5 billion in global box office, was denied a best animated movie nomination. The movie's song “Into the Unknown” did earn a best song nomination.Willem Dafoe
Dafoe has become an Oscar mainstay, with two acting nominations for beloved art-house movies in the past two years ("At Eternity's Gate" and "The Florida Project"). But Dafoe's quest for a three in a row was halted after his role as a boisterous lighthouse keeper struggling to keep his sanity in "The Lighthouse" crashed into the rocks during nominations.Zhao Shuzhen
The Chinese actress was the anchor in Lulu Wang's critically acclaimed "The Farewell." Shuzhen has earned Independent Spirit and Critics' Choice nominations for her role as Awkwafina's beloved grandmother in the film, but didn't get a best supporting actress Oscar nomination.Christian Bale
Four-time Oscar nominee Bale has taken home the Oscar once with a 2011 best supporting actor win for "The Fighter." His role as eccentric, stubborn British engineer and race driver Ken Miles in director James Mangold's "Ford v Ferrari" had Bale cruising toward contention again. But Academy voters pulled out the red flag on his efforts.