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8 biggest Oscar snubs

By Flora  /  15 Jan 2020 (Wednesday)


The annual Academy-award nomination list is out. Congratulations are in order to those nominated but let’s not forget the few people who were snubbed at this award show. This year left so many talented artists out. 

Here are our 8 shocking Oscar snubs

Jennifer Lopez
Jenny got block(ed)! 



Jennifer Lopez felt like a shoo-in with her performance as a stripper-turned-business mogul, Romona in Hustlers. She was garnering for a Best Supporting Actress nomination for a performance that many praised as powerful, magnetic and one of her career’s best. One of the reasons why the film had so much buzz was also because of the positive comments surrounding Lopez’s performance since the Hustlers premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. So it’s definitely a head-scratcher when her name didn’t appear on the list.

However, she missed to land a spot in that same category where she was nominated at the recent Golden Globes but ultimately lost to Laura Dern, who won for her performance as lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story. 

Best Supporting Actress 
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Florence Pugh (Little Women)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)


Awkwafina 
Winner of Golden Globes to nothing?



Not only did Lulu Wang’s The Farewell not have a nomination in the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ category, but lead actress Awkwafina was also majorly snubbed in the ‘Best Actress’ nomination list. 

May we remind the Academy and everyone that Awkwafina made history last week for being the first Asian-American to win the ‘Best Actress’ award for her performance as the granddaughter, forced by her family to keep a secret from her grandmother that she is dying from cancer. This movie definitely helped rebrand Awkwafina as more of a dramatic actress than a rapper or a comedy actress. 

Best Actress
Renee Zellweger (Judy) 
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story) 
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)


Lupita Nyong’o
#JusticeForLupita



Jordan Peele’s follow-up film, Us, from his first feature ‘Get Out’ was well received by industry and critics alike. In the horror flick, Nyong’o plays two contrasting characters - a woman who returns to her childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), and her two children for a family vacation; and her evil counterpart Red, a vengeful lady who won’t stop till blood is shed. Watching two very different performances from the same woman shows her versatility and talent as an actress, but sadly it isn’t enough for an Oscar nomination. 


Robert De Niro



Wait, what? The living legend, Robert De Niro, who starred in Martin Scorsese’s epic, The Irishman had no acting nominations? While the Netflix film did score 10 nominations including a Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, none of those went to Robert De Niro, who did a splendid job in the gangster film. His costars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino were both nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award. 

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix  (Joker)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) 
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)


Frozen 2
Into the unknown



While the Disney sequel, Frozen 2 was nominated for ‘Best Song’, it has been left out in the ‘Best Animated Film’ category. Six years ago, Frozen won Best Animated Feature as well as Best Song (Let it Go) and quite literally took the world by storm then, and even now the little girls and boys can’t get enough of Elsa and Anna. The sequel received quite a buzz when it was released November last year and while it may not have the same impact as the first one did, it still remains a shocker that Frozen 2 wasn’t part of the Oscars list. 

Best Animation
Toy Story 4
Missing Link
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus


Greta Gerwig
No women



No women have been nominated for best director this year, period. Sure, the male directors who have scored a ‘Best Director’ nomination are good, some are great, even, but come’ on, no women in the shortlist? Despite the huge support for Greta Gerwig for her adaptation of Little Women, she didn’t make the cut. Her film is nominated for a ‘Best Picture’ award, but despite a great film, - which the Academy agrees - sadly, it wasn’t enough. 

For many years in Oscar history, the directing category featured no women and this year was the same. 2019 saw many great films helmed by women - Lorene Scafaria for Hustlers, Lulu Wang for The Farewell, Olivia Wilde for Booksmart, in addition to Gerwig’s Little Women - but they were left out. 

After announcing the shortlist, actress Issa Rae pointedly remarked: "Congratulations to all those men.”

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Todd Phillips (Joker)


Taron Egerton 
It's the circle of life



Again, another Golden Globe winner with no nomination. This was supposed to be Taron Egerton’s year. He bagged the ‘Best Actor’ award last week for his portrayal as Sir Elton John in the biopic, Rocketman, but even with a Golden Globe win under his belt, it’s not enough to beat his competition to earn a spot. The film only managed to score one nomination - for Best Original Song (Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again).

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix  (Joker)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) 
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)


Beyonce 
Not Hakuna Matata



Red Alert! Queen Bey is not nominated for ‘Best Original Song - ‘Spirit’ from Disney's The Lion King. Does the Academy know that his means they are passing on the chance to have the Beyonce perform at the 92nd Academy Awards? 

The Grammy-award-winning singer co-wrote the original song ‘Spirit’ for the live-action version of ‘The Lion King’ where she also voiced the character of Nala. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for ‘Best Song Written for Visual Media’, an award awarded to songs written for films, television, video games or other visual media. 

Best Original Song
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" (Toy Story 4) — Randy Newman
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" (Rocketman) — Elton John & Bernie Taupin
"I'm Standing With You" (Breakthrough) — Diane Warren
"Into the Unknown" (Frozen 2) — Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Stand Up" (Harriet) — Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo

The 92nd Academy Awards airs on 9 Feb 2020.
Agree or disagree with the nominations? Let us know in the comments below!




Full list of nomination

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
1917
The Irishman
Joker
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Sam Mendes – 1917
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Todd Phillips – Joker

Best Actor
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best Actress
Renee Zellweger – Judy
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Best Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johnasson – Jojo Rabbit
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho
Knives Out – Rian Johnson
1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Irishman – Steven Zaillian
Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Best International Film
Corpus Christi – Poland
Honeyland – North Macedonia
Les Miserables – France
Pain and Glory – Spain
Parasite – South Korea

Best Documentary Feature 
American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best Documentary – Short Subject 
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best Cinematography 
The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Production Design 
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Costume Design 
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Visual Effects 
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Score 
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song 
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” – Toy Story 4
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing with You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Stand Up” – Harriet

Best Sound Editing 
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Live-Action Short Film
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

Best Animated Short Film
Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister
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