Scarlett Johansson was nominated for her first (and second) Oscar. (Supplied: 20th Century Fox)
The Oscar 2020 nominations have been announced, with films such as Joker, 1917 and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood collecting most of the nominations.
As always, there was some controversy over who received the love and who was snubbed.
Here are the five things we learned from nominations:
1) # Oscarssowhite … again
Only one of the 20 acting nominees was a person of color and that was Cynthia Erivo for her leading role as an activist against slavery Harriet Tubman in Harriet.
However, Erivo, who was also nominated for the best original song by Stand Up, said she felt honored to be nominated.
“Receiving two Oscar nominations for a film that pays tribute to Harriet Tubman, a person whose heart and spirit are the embodiment of courage, makes this morning’s news surpass everything he could have imagined,” he said.
In addition to Erivo, all the other nominees were white, which caused a resurgence of the #Oscarssowhite hashtag on Twitter.
When the hashtag was first picked up in 2015, it led the Academy to diversify its mainly white and male membership by inviting more women and people of color to join.
It seems he has not done much to address the problem.
@ juanjoarroyo23: About five years have passed since #OscarsSoWhite, which opened many topics for debate, and after that time (and going to its 92nd year) it is WILD that they still don’t know what movies they really are out there starting conversations and making waves
2) There are no women nominated for best director.
In announcing the best director nominees, actress Issa Rae said with an expressionless expression: “Congratulations to those men.”
@tracebechter “Congratulations to those men”. – @IssaRae after directing announced noms
That is because, once again, no woman was nominated in this category.
And not that there were no options: The Farewell, Hustlers and Little Women were all movies written and directed by women who were lost this year.
@jenelleriley: THE ADIÓSTICO and HUSTLERS were two really original, excellent and PROFITABLE films both written and directed by women and their total exclusion is discouraging. #Oscars
The Oscars have a pretty bad track record With the recognition of the directors.
In the last 10 years, the only woman nominated was Greta Gerwig in 2017 by Lady Bird.
The only woman who won this award was Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 by The Hurt Locker.
But Variety’s lead film critic, Owen Gleiberman, said he didn’t think the nominee list was a “gender-based decision.”
“The most important thing based on gender is that we need many, many more movies, major films directed by women,” he said.
“That will only happen when we have more and more women in the positions of power.”
3) Scarlett Johansson won a double nomination …
… And it was also the first time it is never been nominated for an Oscar
@RebelWilson: Congratulations to Scar Jo for the Oscar nominees in the categories BEST ACTRESS and BEST ACTRESS SUPPORT! So well deserved x
That makes her double nomination for best supporting actress in Jojo Rabbit and best actress in Marriage Story quite incredible.
4) Parasite became the first Korean film nominated for best film
One of the biggest surprises of this year was that Parasite obtained a nomination for the best film.
A dark satire over the gap between rich and poor, was the first South Korean film to be nominated both in the best film and in the best international film. Director Bong Joon Ho also received a nod to the best director.
Korean film critic and parasite translator Darcy Paquet said a victory in any category “would celebrate all of Korea.”
“This is something that nobody would have imagined would happen … I think it’s the best Oscar, people thought this was not possible in our lives.”
If he wins, the parasite would become the first foreign language film to win The Oscar for the best movie.
Only nine films in foreign languages have been nominated. Rome was close to winning last year, but the Green Book was lost.
5) Most of the nominations went to Joker
The dark comic story Joker led the nominations with 11 nominations in all major fields, including:
- Best image
- The best makeup and hairstyle
- Best costume design
- Best cinematography
- Best Director for Todd Phillips
- Best sound editing
- BEST SOUND MIXING
- Best movie editing
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Original Score
- Best actor for Joaquin Phoenix
Given that Joker was far from being a critical favorite and a divided audience with his portrayal of an isolated loner, the Academy’s overwhelming support for the film was unexpected.
Director Todd Phillips said he saw Joker as “a character study to reflect the world around us. Explore what we are seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love.”
1917 and Once upon a time … In Hollywood came close seconds, both with 10 nominations each.
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