Ethnic minorities and women mostly miss out while 'Joker' tops Oscars list

Brenda Watkins
January 14, 2020

It's only Gerwig's second feature as a solo director, yet both have received Best Picture noms ("Lady Bird" was the other one).

"The Irishman" received 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Director (Martin Scorsese), Actor in a Supporting Role (Al Pacino and Joe Pesci), Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian) and Visual Effects.

Bong Joon-ho's class satire "Parasite" has six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

I could go on - and I will - but first let's look at the so-called "snubs" for Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler. And now the cast of Little Women have broken their silence on the subject. As for Best Picture, likely nominees include The Irishman, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Parasite and Marriage Story.

Following on from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, the Best Director category was once again missing any women.

"Little Women" acting nominee Florence Pugh told Variety she was "happy that everybody is upset" over Gerwig's snub.

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

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The Two Popes also added to Netflix's nomination tally, as Jonathan Pryce was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role and Anthony Hopkins is up for Actor in a Supporting Role.

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. However, even with a Golden Globe win under his belt and the Academy's apparent love of musical biopics (Rami Malek won for Bohemian Rhapsody last year), Egerton missed out on the Oscar nod, and Rocketman only grabbed one nomination - for Best Original Song.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62.

The noms will be rolled out in two parts, beginning at 5:18 PT with the following nine categories (in no particular order): Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

"The Irishman" helped Netflix to 24 nominations - the first time it has ever topped the studio count.

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. It's the kind of story we don't see often enough and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground.

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