The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards were released Monday. They include 11 nominations for the problematic film “Joker,” 10 for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and six for “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story” and ”Parasite.”
But there were a lot of snubs, according to multiple reports and social media reaction, especially when it comes to representation of women and people of color.
“This year’s Oscars are a joke,” said CNN reporter Gene Seymour, calling the films nominated “the gloomiest, most despair-ridden slate of films I’ve seen.”
To start, fans are outraged that Lupita Nyong’o was snubbed for her performance in Jordan Peele’s “Us,” as well as Awkwafina for her performance in “The Farewell” and Jennifer Lopez for her performance in “Hustlers,” NBC reports.
Another large snub from this year’s Oscars — all female directors. Fans are particularly angry about Greta Gerwig’s directing snub for “Little Women.” The film has been nominated for six awards, spreading over almost every category, except directing.
Florence Pugh — who was nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Amy March in Gerwig’s film — was particularly outraged that Gerwig wasn’t nominated.
“It’s incredibly upsetting,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “She made a film about women working and their relationship with money and their relationship with working in a man’s world. That’s literally what ‘Little Women’ is about, so (this) only underlines how important it is — because it’s happening.”
BBC pointed out additional female directors who were snubbed, including Waad al-Kateab, who directed best documentary nominee “For Sama.”
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” director Marielle Heller, “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde and “The Farewell” director Lulu Wang were also snubbed, according to BBC.
In fact, there was only one nonwhite nominee in any acting category — Cynthia Erivo for her performance as Harriet Tubman in “Harriet,” BBC reports.