Plenty of people think Tom Hanks should have got an Oscar nomination this morning for his performance as heroic pilot Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s Sully…including it seems the ABC Television Network.
Hanks was mistakenly announced on the official Oscars website — which is maintained by ABC — as being nominated for his performance in Sully. In fact Hanks, who has won two Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in the 1990s, didn’t join Casey Affleck, Andrew Garfield, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington on the hallowed list.
The official Oscars website says Tom Hanks got nominated for Sully. pic.twitter.com/KlJpnX2rlR
— Erin Strecker (@ErinStrecker) January 24, 2017
For a few minutes Hanks was the sixth nominee and it’s safe to say he only just missed out on his first nomination for 17 years.
It wasn’t the only glitch. Amy Adams, who has been nominated for six Oscars but never won, was originally listed as the nominee for her role in Arrival but she was swapped for Ruth Negga for her performance in interracial drama Loving.
— Ben W. (@bensfiction) January 24, 2017
ABC Digital has taken the hit for it, releasing a statement apologizing and taking responsibility for the error: “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the Oscar.com website. The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologize to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion.”
Other snubs included no nominations for Martin Scorsese’s Silence, superhero movie Deadpool and Annette Bening, highly fancied for 2oth Century Women.
If this year’s Oscars ceremony is as bad as the nominations process, then it promises to be even worse than last year’s #Oscarssowhite debacle.
As Forrest Gump didn’t say, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you won’t end up getting…”