The 2020 Oscars Nominations Yet Again Shut Out Female Directors

Lawrence Kim
January 14, 2020

Britain's Cynthia Erivo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce and Florence Pugh are all up for acting prizes.

Jennifer Lopez was widely thought to be in with a fighting chance of picking up a Supporting Actress nomination for her impressive role as a motherly scheming stripper in Hustlers.

The nominees for best worldwide film are: "Corpus Christi", Poland; "Honeyland", North Macdeonia; "Les Miserables", France; "Pain and Glory", Spain; "Parasite", South Korea.

It was only last week that Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, owned by Disney, whose network broadcasts the ceremony, revealed that the 2020 Oscars will not have a "traditional host". Greta Gerwig was thought to be in with a chance for Best Picture nominee Little Women, while Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) were both believed to be in with a fighting chance.

The five nominees for Best Director also represent the leaders in the overall nomination count.

Vancouver-born production designer Dennis Gassner, who won an Oscar in 1992 for Bugsy, earned his seventh best-production-design nomination for his work on director Sam Mendes's British war epic 1917.

Another controversy is brewing after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) failed to nominate any female directors. Director Bong Joon Ho also received a nod for best director.

"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best global film and best documentary feature. And despite receiving a number of nominations, Netflix came away relatively empty-handed from this year's Golden Globes - winning just two awards, one for Dern's performance in "Marriage Story" and the other for Olivia Coleman in "The Crown".

Martin Scorsese's crime epic scored 10 nominations.

In the documentary category, "American Factory" - which follows a US Rust Belt factory reopened by a Chinese billionaire - picked up a nomination for its well-known producers.

"It's the kind of story we don't see often enough and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve", tweeted former president Barack Obama, adding he was "glad" to see the nomination.

The Oscars will be handed out in Hollywood on February 9.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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