13 Thoughts about 2020 Oscars Nominations

1. As I was catching up on reading about the Oscars nominations this afternoon, this Forbes article pretty much says it all… Oscars in danger of losing its relevance.

The Academy needs to wake up and understand the innate diversity of Generation Z before it’s too late. Nearly 50 percent of post-millennials are nonwhite, more than any other demographic in the United States and we all want to see ourselves represented.

I couldn’t say it better myself…

2. So basically #OscarsSoWhite is baaaack! Just because a single person of color is nominated–Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)–doesn’t negate that hashtag. Now, I’m happy for miss Erivo, as she was great in Widows as well, which was grossly overlooked by the Academy in 2018.

But really, no Lupita Nyong’O (Us), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Eddie Murphy in (Dolemite Is My Name), Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)??

3. Oscars-So-Male … Female directors are snubbed once again [sigh]
It’s not like we haven’t seen this before… but in a year where there are a TON of terrific films directed by women, it’s especially crushing!  Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Alma Har’el (Honey Boy), just to name a few…

4. Oscars-So-Serious. The academy hate didn’t get comedy… Jojo Rabbit is the only [dark] comedy amongst the 9 nominees. I mean just because the main character is a clown, I wouldn’t categorize JOKER as a comedy really.

5. Speaking of which… WOW! They like JOKER that much??! That movie led the nominees with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Actor and Best Director nods for Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips, respectively, and a Best Picture nod. Ok I knew Joaquin is a shoo-in, I’d even be fine with it getting a Best Picture nod (meh!), but Best Adapted Screenplay, too??? What a joke indeed!

6. In any case, on a more positive note… Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach made history as the only couple nominated in Best Adapted and Original Screenplay category! I’m rooting for both of them, how cool would it be if they go home with matching gold statuettes!!

7. Still no love for The Lighthouse… as I commented in my Golden Globes post, that film might have been way too weird for the Academy. It’s kind of a bad year for A24 all around as The Farewell was completely snubbed as well.

8. As if mimicking Jo and Amy’s rivalry in Little Women, Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh are both nominated! I’m totally ok with that as I think both actress are deserving of nods… and miss Pugh is quickly becoming one of my fave actresses!

9. It’s been an amazing year for Scarlett Johansson! She became just the 12th person to be nominated for two acting Oscars in the same year – one for Best Actor for Marriage Story and Best Supporting Actor for Jojo Rabbit. That said, I don’t know if she’s really THAT great in Jojo Rabbit, I think she might have robbed that from J-Lo in Hustlers.

10. Happy for Parasite for landing SIX noms, wow!! I think the Best Foreign Language is a shoo-in, but it also lands Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Editing AND Best Original Screenplay nominations! I think the Best Foreign Film is in the can, but let’s see if they’d collect any more statuette.

11. Glad to see Knives Out by Rian Johnson nabbed Best Original Screenplay nod, but I’ll still be rooting for Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach!

12. It’s a happy day for Netflix which earned 24 nominations across all of the categories while Amazon got a big fat zero! Clearly they biggest winners are The Irishman and Marriage Story, though the streaming giant barely went home with any Golden Globe awards despite a bunch of noms.

13. YAY for Klaus nominated in Best Animated Feature! I saw it around Christmas, and I thought it was great. The reimagining of Santa Claus is absolutely gorgeous to look at and has a genuinely moving story. The Spanish animated Christmas comedy-drama film written and directed by Sergio Pablos (in his directorial debut) is a Netflix original.

Haven’t seen FROZEN II (and honestly not that interested to check it out anytime soon), so I have no thoughts about it not being nominated.

Oscars will air live on Sunday, February 9 at 3:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Well, what are YOUR thoughts about the Oscars noms this year?