Oscar noms 2020: Snubs and surprises

Barbara Nitke/STX(LOS ANGELES) — Many of the Oscar nominations announced Monday morning were predicted by awards shows prognosticators, but as always, there were more than a few snubs and surprises.

Although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reported that a record 62 women were nominated, comprising one-third of the nominees, no female directors were recognized despite several strong contenders.

Also, the acting categories were overwhelmingly filled with white actors and actresses, leading many on social media to post using the familiar hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite. Cynthia Erivo was recognized for her work on Harriet, as was Antonio Banderas for his role in Pain and Glory, but other possible nominees who were overlooked included Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez and Lupita Nyong’o.

The 2020 Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, in Hollywood and will be broadcast live on ABC.  Here’s a look at some other the other nominations snubs and surprises.


All the female directors: Although the directing category was comprised solely of men, there were several women who could have been recognized: Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, and Marielle Heller for the nominated A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Other possibilities included Hustlers‘ Lorene Scafaria and Queen & Slim‘s Melina Matsoukas.

Jennifer Lopez and Hustlers: Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her starring role in Hustlers, but did not get recognized by the Academy. Hustlers was completely shut out.

Awkwafina and The Farewell: Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical. but she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and neither was her film, The Farewell. Some also thought Zhao Shuzhen, the actress who played Awkwafina’s grandmother, should have been nominated, too.

Robert DeNiro: The Irishman received 10 nominations, but many expected one of them to be for its star, Robert DeNiro. He was snubbed.

Eddie Murphy: The comedian’s starring role in Dolemite Is My Name earned him a Golden Globe nomination, but not an Oscar nod.

Taron Egerton: Taron Egerton’s portrayal of Elton John in Rocketman earned him a Golden Globe, but he was not nominated for an Oscar.

Jamie Foxx: The Oscar-winner’s portrayal of a wrongly-accused man in Just Mercy was thought to to be worthy of his second Academy Award, but he wasn’t nominated.

Christian Bale: The Ford v Ferrari actor was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Screen Actors Guild, but not by the Academy.

Frozen 2:
The mega-successful follow-up to Frozen has earned more than $1 billion worldwide, but wasn’t nominated for best animated feature.

“Spirit” from The Lion King:
This could’ve been Beyoncé‘s opportunity to win an Academy Award, but her song “Spirit,” from The Lion King, wasn’t recognized for best song.

Us: Jordan Peele’s scary follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut Get Out was snubbed despite acclaim for Lupita Nyong’o’s starring performance.

Uncut Gems: Adam Sandler’s latest film has had audiences’ pulses racing, but wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.


Kathy Bates: Some were surprised to hear the Richard Jewell actress’s name called Monday morning. Bates, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the role, plays the mother of Richard Jewell, the security guard who was wrongly accused of the 1996 Olympics bombing.

Klaus: The Netflix animated film about Christmas was nominated for best animated feature.

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