YMMV but it seems to me that a big problem with the feelings about Rocketman and its Oscar snubs is that many keep comparing it to Bohemian Rhapsody. And I get it on some level because of the whole Dexter Fletcher connection, two iconic British performers, etc.
However, the fact is Bohemian Rhapsody was one year and Rocketman was another year. Rocketman and Taron to be more specific was not competing against Rami Malek or Bohemian Rhapsody. And that is the mindset many need to let go of.
It doesn't matter whether or not one believes Taron did a better job playing Elton than Rami did playing Freddie Mercury. Because voters were not looking at Taron's performance in comparison to Rami's. They were looking at it in comparison to Joaquin Phoenix, in comparison to Adam Driver and Antonio Banderas, etc.
And that's the crux when we start talking about who was or wasn't snubbed. Because if you look at the nominees this year and say Taron was snubbed, then it becomes well who shouldn't have been there? It for sure wasn't Joaquin or Adam or Antonio. And after slogging through it, yes, not the most fun movie but Jonathan Pryce was amazing in my opinion in The Two Popes.
If I were a voter, for me personally, this would have come down to Leonardo Dicaprio vs. Taron. Because honestly, I wasn't as in love with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the critics. And I love me some Leo and he was certainly great as he often is. But I wouldn't have been too upset if he didn't get nominated. But that's where the reality of politics with these awards come into play.
They weren't going to leave Leo Dicaprio out. The solid locks for Best Actor were him, Joaquin and Adam Driver. And so two spots were up in the air - Antonio Banderas had been the critical favorite and racked up numerous pre-season awards, then there was Christian Bale as a potential who is always formidable in every role he plays. And finally, it's obvious the Academy was more impressed with The Two Popes than they were Rocketman, going by how many nominations the former racked up.
The fact is, there really is no rhyme or reason sometimes for why certain films hit with Academy voters and others don't. If I had to guess, I'd say the reality probably is that Rocketman was hurt by being released too early in the year and then it wasn't exactly a box office smash, making it much easier to get forgotten by voters by the time the year ended.