​'Arrival' Director Denis Villeneuve Calls Amy Adams's Oscar Snub a "Great Disappointment"

​'Arrival' Director Denis Villeneuve Calls Amy Adams's Oscar Snub a 'Great Disappointment'
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were revealed this morning (January 24), and Arrival came out with an impressive eight nods. But while it picked up honours in categories like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay, its female lead Amy Adams was noticeably absent from the list of Best Actress contenders.
The Internet lost its mind over the snub, and now the film's Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has spoken out about the lack of Adams amongst the list of nominees.
"If you had asked me yesterday what were my expectations, I would have said it's a given," he told the Canadian Press. "It was a great disappointment for our team this morning. So we celebrate with a heavy heart."
Apparently the snubbed actress is taking it all in stride, though. "I talked with Amy earlier and she's someone who has a lot of grace," Villeneuve said. "She's very noble and she's just happy for the film. But honestly, the film owes her a lot."
The Quebec-born filmmaker also took the time to praise the French-Canadian crew of technicians that worked on Arrival, commending them for being "able to do more with less." Turns out the Academy agrees — the movie is also up for awards in technical categories like Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
The Oscars will be handed out on February 26, in a televised ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
Below, see some slightly less graceful reactions to Adams's snub.