2017 movies The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018  

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The Oscars are never entirely predictable and there were plenty of 2018 Oscar surprises in the mix when nominees were announced. While some surprises were pleasant, there were an equal number of disappointments among this year's unexpected nominations. Which 2018 Academy Award surprises left you the most shocked? Cast your vote below.

Some of the most unexpected Oscar nominations this year were met with applause from film buffs. Given the Academy has a tendency to gloss over the horror genre, people were pleased when they heard Jordan Peele had received a Best Director nomination and Get Out was vying for Best Picture. The superhero genre gets an equal amount of snubbing each year, so comic fans were overjoyed to see Logan receive a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

However, some 2018 Oscar surprising nominees were met with less enthusiasm. Given the film's lackluster reviews, some deemed Denzel Washington undeserving of an Oscar nod for his role in Roman J. Israel, Esq. As audiences are becoming increasingly burned out with biopics and historical dramas - which have dominated the awards circuit in recent years - the Dunkirk Best Picture nomination was a bit disappointing, as was Lesely Manville's Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in the period piece Phantom Thread. 

Which Oscar surprise nomination left you the most puzzled? Vote for the most unexpected nominations below. 

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Logan Best Adapted Screenplay

2
37 20
Denzel Washington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Denzel Washington Best Actor for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

3
32 17
Jordan Peele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Jordan Peele Best Director for Get Out

4
24 12
The Boss Baby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
The Boss Baby Best Animated Feature Film

5
22 14
Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Woody Harrelson Best Supporting Actor for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

6
29 21
Get Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Get Out Best Picture

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18 11
Lesley Manville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Lesley Manville Best Supporting Actress for Phantom Thread

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17 13
Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Daniel Kaluuya Best Actor for Get Out

9
16 12
Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Christopher Nolan Best Director for Dunkirk

10
16 15
Greta Gerwig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Greta Gerwig Best Director for Lady Bird

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13 12
Christopher Plummer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Christopher Plummer Best Supporting Actor for All the Money in the World

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12 22
Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Biggest Oscar Surprises of 2018
Dunkirk Best Picture