I didn't feel that way at all, which I guess is maybe why I've never been outraged by his snub. I do think a nomination would have been nice but I never thought he had a chance in hell of actually winning. Politics aside, the reason I don't get up in arms about snubs and wins/losses is because these things are so subjective. And the reality is most of these people are freaking talented as hell in their own right. So you can make a case for any of them.
I love Rami, but I wouldn't have been outraged if Christian Bale had won instead or Bradley Cooper. Because while I firmly believe A Star is Born was vastly overrated and I still don't know how anyone thought Gaga was deserving of Best Actress, Bradley Cooper did the damn thing in that film.
But I think Bradley and his team made the critical error of focusing a lot of his campaigning on getting a Director nod, which made no sense to me, seeing as he had no shot in hell of winning. Alfonso Cuaron had that shit on lock. And all the time he spent campaigning for a nomination that he didn't even get, Rami and his team were quietly shoring up his Best Actor chances.
And as for this year, aside from the fact that I knew Joaquin had this thing in the bag as soon as I saw Joker, other factors, as they always do, come into play with these things. He'd been nominated many times before, he'd been one of the most respected actors without a win, River's legacy was really being pushed this past year, so there was that.
And again, just personally I loved his performance. Was it over the top and Oscar baity...sure. And in less capable hands, it very easily could have been very hokey. But I didn't find it to be that. I found that film very, very uncomfortable to watch but in the best way. And as for Adam Driver, I thought that was one of the most brilliantly subtle performances I'd seen in a long time.