The start of a new year means only one thing for the entertainment world: award season! Now, the 2020 Oscars are just around the corner, and the contestants are out. Discover the important Oscar nominations and disappointing snubs for this year!
Oscars 2020: Big Stars, Bigger Disappointments
Award season started off with a bang earlier this month when the Golden Globes took place in the heart of Hollywood on January 5. Of course, the Globes also give fans a hint at who might win at the Mecca of film awards, the Oscars! This year, the entertainment biz’ most prestigious award ceremony will take place on February 9.
Recently, the Oscar nominations for 2020 came out, with fewer surprises than average. Many of the expected films, like Joker and The Irishman, earned nominations in many of the big categories, like Best Picture, Best Director, and so on. However, unfortunately, for the third year in a row, the Academy nominated no female directors. As you might expect, all the Oscar nominations had everyone talking…
Oscar Nominations: The Expected Bunch
The controversial Joker leads the pack with a whopping 11 nominations. Its noms include Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Phillips), and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Meanwhile, both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and The Irishman, which director Martin Scorsese made for Netflix, earned 10 noms. Hollywood’s nominations include a Best Supporting Actor nod for the iconic Brad Pitt. If Pitt wins, this will be his first Oscar win. Pitt won the Golden Globe for his role, so it’s a major possibility he’ll win again.
Other nominees for Best Picture include 1917, Netflix’s Marriage Story, and the critically acclaimed Korean film Parasite. Parasite‘s director, Bong Joon-ho, also earned a nom for Best Director, while the film is also nominated for Best Foreign Film.
However, while the Oscar nominations include many hit films, many could not help but notice a significant snub…
Oscar Snubs: No Women Directors Nominated
The biggest controversy to emerge from the 2020 Oscars nominations is, hands down, the lack of any female directors in the Best Director category. Many pointed out that, among many others, director Greta Gerwig should have received a nomination. After all, her film, the latest adaption of Little Women, did earn Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), and Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh) nominations. 2019 also featured Olivia Wilde’s hit debut as a director, Booksmart, and the female-led and critically acclaimed Hustlers.
Unfortunately, in the last nine decades, only five women have earned Best Director nods. The previous was Gerwig herself, for Ladybird, in 2017. Before that, and only time a woman won in this category, it was Kathryn Bigelow in 2009, with The Hurt Locker.
Of course, women fo have two categories of their own: Best Actress and Best Supporting actresses, which include many icons, like Charlize Theron and Laura Dern. Also this year, Scarlett Johansson earned a rare double nomination. She earned a Best Actress nod for her tole in Marriage Story and a Best Supporting Actress nom for Jojo Rabbit!
However, these do not make up for the lack of female directors nominated. 2019 featured plenty of nomination-worthy movies directed by women. It’s unclear why the Academy members (who vote for nominees as well as winners) made this choice. Hopefully, in the future, the Oscars will feature more female directors!