Oscar predictions, painful nomination snubs and surprises.

January 29, 2018

Wonder Woman was the movie story of 2017, a critically acclaimed box office smash directed by a woman (Patty Jenkins) and featuring a woman superhero (portrayed by Gal Gadot). But neither made the Oscars cut and Wonder Woman was shut out completely. The fan-favorite was not able to earn a best-picture nomination even with the expanded field — nine films were voted in for 10 possible best-picture spots.

After this week's big Oscar nominations, what are we going to see on the Academy Awards stage on March 4?

The Straight Up Hollywood entertainment podcast joins forces with The Mothership, USA TODAY's geek culture podcast, to look ahead at the biggest movie night of the year.

West Coast Entertainment editor Andrea Mandell (@AndreaMandell), entertainment reporter Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) and movie reporter Bryan Alexander (@BryAlexand) also commiserate about some of the nomination results.

Mandell is particularly mourning the absence of Wonder Woman, which didn't receive any Oscar nominations.

Mothership's Brian Truitt (@BrianTruitt) and Brent Molina (@BrentMolina23) are feeling some Oscar pain as well.We hit on all the big snubs from the nominations and the big surprises (umm, Boss Baby).Molina deserves props for making a proud and controversial defense of Boss Baby's best-animated-picture nomination, a staggering development.


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