Adam Sandler, that eternal optimist.
After his frantic turn in The Safdie Brother’s Uncut Gems, many began championing Adam Sandler as a surefire Oscar favorite. Despite the fact that the Safdie’s thriller checks off few of the Academy’s boxes, the hope they’d see value in his against-type performance burned until the bitter end. Upon the revelation of Sandler’s name, or the Safdie Brothers for that matter, was nowhere to be seen.
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Though not quite calling it a “snub,” Sandler took to Twitter to make light of any potential disappointment. “Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy,” he begins, starting with the bad news like any sane person should. “Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits. Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama.” In this context, Mama is a reference Kathy Bates, who secured herself a nomination for her performance in Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.
Sandler previously worked with Kathy Bates in 1999 comedy The Waterboy, and it’s clear he’s been a fan ever since. And while Uncut Gems failed to move the Academy, at least we can take solace in the fact that Adam Sandler’s wardrobe has returned to status quo.