The 2020 Academy Awards Nominations Are Here
The Academy Awards have been struggling to adapt to the times, with social media campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite calling out the program’s aversion to recognizing talent beyond straight white men and dwindling ratings affecting the once prestige ceremony. And after the nominations for the 2020 awards were announced earlier today, it’s clear that they’re still not getting it.
Joker, the semi-controversial incel-friendly film chronicling the life of one of the most famous comic book villains, leads the pack with 11 (?) nominations including Best Actor for Joaquin Phoneix and Best Picture. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to Los Angeles, and The Irishman, the latest 3-hour mob epic by Martin Scorsese, follow suit with 10 nominations. Parasite, the sharp Korean film with its innovative class commentary, is definitely an underdog with six well-deserved nominations. No women were nominated for Best Director, despite Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women receiving widespread acclaim. J. Lo was snubbed for her performance in Hustlers. Even Adam Sandler’s career-defining performance in Uncut Gems was ignored. In short, the nominations are a mess but at least 2019 was a great year for overrated superhero movies.
Check out the full list of nominations here.