By: Becky Root
On Monday morning, actors, John Cho and Issa Rae, announced the 2020 Oscar nominations. In case you didn’t get that coveted pre-dawn call from your agent, you can read the full list of nominations here and we’ll dig into the nomination scoop. Joker has a lot to smile about, leading the pack of Oscar contenders with 11 nominations. Netflix has a packed house with the most nominations of any studio this year, 24 nominations in total through the force of The Irishman, Marriage Story, and The Two Popes. Scarlett Johansson made some impressive Oscar history by being nominated for both Best Actress, Marriage Story, and Best Supporting Actress, Jojo Rabbit. Cate Blanchett was the last person to pull a double acting nomination back in 2008.
Taron Egerton was a notable shutout for an Oscar nomination, after winning a Golden Globe for portraying Elton John in Rocketman. Awkwafina, a likely contender due to her Golden Globe win, was excluded from a Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Farewell. Jennifer Lopez could have been a refreshing nomination for her role in Hustlers, but the Academy loves to snub both a dark comedy and audience favorite. Robert De Niro already has two Oscar wins and after his shutout this season from Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, he was snubbed by Oscar as well for the role of the title character in The Irishman. Meanwhile, co-stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci both received nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and the film has 10 nominations in total.
Those Little Women are just born naturals– they can be nominated for Best Film and several acting noms, yet need no Best Director to get them there. Greta Gerwig, director of the recent version of the many, many Little Women adaptations received no nom. All five Best Director nominees are men, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Bong Joon Ho, Todd Phillips, and Sam Mendes. The only non-white actor nominated is Cynthia Erivo, for both Best Actress for the title role and for co-writing the Best Original Song nominee for Harriet. Beyond those, Oscar remains still so white. Eddie Murphy, previous Oscar nominee, could have garnered a nomination for this year’s Dolemite Is My Name. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o could have been nominated for Us and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy, but all were left out this year.
Animated nominees are not usually where the Oscar excitement is (for grown-ups at least), but Frozen 2 was notably missing from the Best Animated Feature category. However, the film did get a nom for Original Song for not-bothered-by-the-cold writing duo, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Rather than the Disney powerhouse, the surprise nominee for Best Animated Feature from France (distributed by Netflix) is I Lost My Body. Though two other animated sequels are nominated, Oscar froze out Elsa and Anna in favor of a dismembered hand love story (not kidding at all) which won the Grand Prix at Cannes because when hands are reunited you can’t help but clap?
Then there is this year’s comeback:Renee Zellweger earning a Best Actress nomination for Judy. She is back, portraying scrappy comeback Judy Garland after Renee’s own 16-year Oscars absence, during which she spent her time literally DEFENDING HER FACE. It couldn’t possibly get more plucky than that.