Oscars 2020 - Who Got Snubbed In The List Of Nominees?

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2020

Many Twitter users expressed disappointment that for the second year in a row, no women were nominated for the Best Director category, whose contestants this year are Scorsese, Tarantino, Mendes, Phillips and "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho. The actor has been doing the awards circuit all year, hoping his charm-offensive tactic would land him an Oscar nomination. This is still an institution that almost a century in has only given one woman and zero Black filmmakers a best director win and has still yet to ever give an openly LGBTQ actor (no Jodie Foster and Kevin Spacey do not retroactively count) an award, none of which will change this year.

One of the biggest surprises this year was Parasite landing a nomination for best picture. Eight, with six going to Little Women and one each to Harriet (for Erivo's performance) and Neighbourhood (for Tom Hanks's performance).

Add to that nominations for the achievement in cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, and visual effects awards (along with a nomination for best adapted screenplay, which it shares with Joker), and Netflix has to be feeling good about The Irishman heading into the show. Ever Academy Award nomination list has its set of snubs, and Little Women director Greta Gerwig was one. "I think best Oscar, people thought this was not possible in our lifetime".

A dark satire about the gap between rich and poor, it was the first South Korean movie to be nominated in both the best picture and best global film categories. It's a odd trend in how these ceremonies have gone, as Little Women is being recognized, but Gerwig is not.

"Congratulations to those men", actress and writer Issa Rae, co-host of the official Oscars nominations announcement, said pointedly as she presented the nominees.

Britain's Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins are in the running for best supporting actress and actor respectively.

Notable snubs included Eddie Murphy for blaxploitation biopic "Dolemite Is My Name", Jennifer Lopez for "Hustlers", Awkwafina for "The Farewell" and Lupita Nyong'o for "Us".

Last year, three of the four acting Oscars went to non-white performers.

But in a possible sign of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' increasingly global outlook, "Parasite" became just the sixth non-English language movie to be nominated for both best foreign-language film and best picture.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62. Other documentaries that have been nominated for the same category include "The Cave", "The Edge of Democracy", "For Sama" and "Honeyland".

Brad Pitt is up for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood.

Ever since the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral in 2015, followed by the #MeToo movement initiated in 2017, Oscar nominations have faced controversy for selecting exceptionally few women and minorities in the top categories. Even last night, after a month of red flags by way of the Golden Globes and the SAG and BAFTA nominations, I felt compelled to argue that the Oscars' push for diversity would result in nominations that saved the season.

"Glad to see American Factory's Oscar nod for Best Documentary. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!" the former U.S. president tweeted Monday.

The Academy can't control how its 9,000-odd members cast their ballots, as much as it may wish it could.

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