In the lead-up to the 2020 Academy Awards, set to air on Sunday, February 9, Adam Sandler was near the head of the pack for Best Actor contenders. For his performance as Diamond District jeweler and self-destructive gambling addict Howard Ratner in the Safdie brothers’ crime thriller Uncut Gems, Sandler had most everyone believing he’d land at least a nomination for the coveted award.
However, when the list of 2020 Oscar nominations rolled out, Sandler’s name was nowhere to be found, despite the fact that viewers everywhere thought he’d be a shoo-in.
Now, The New York Post has run quotes from an anonymous Academy member who commented on some of the actors who didn’t score Oscar nominations this year: Dolemite Is My Name star Eddie Murphy, Hustlers lead Jennifer Lopez, The Farewell actress Awkwafina, and, of course, Sandler. The nameless actor revealed the real reason why Adam Sandler was snubbed, and the answer isn’t pretty.
Let’s not forget: Adam Sandler is a seriously funny actor.
He’s split sides in films like Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, and more, gaining fame as much more than a former Saturday Night Live player. In the 2000s, Sandler ventured into more dramatic territory with Spanglish, Punch-Drunk Love, and Funny People, effectively proving he wasn’t a one-trick pony.
But at a certain point, Sandler’s track record grew spotty when he began signing on to films that were, well…less-than-spectacular. He racked up Razzies, basically the ugly step-sister to the merit-based award ceremonies, for Just Go With It and Jack and Jill, two of Sandler’s worst movies ever, and tarnished his reputation in the process. It’s only been in recent years, through his turns in films like Netflix’s The Meyerowitz Stories and now Uncut Gems, that Sandler has begun to shed his “King of Bad Movies” moniker. Keep watching the video to see the real reason Adam Sandler didn’t get an Oscar nomination!