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The Best Reactions to Monday’s Oscar Nominations

The Best Reactions to Monday’s Oscar Nominations”

Britain's Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins are in the running for best supporting actress and actor respectively.

Oscar predictions had pointed out to performances by Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name, Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers, Awkwafina for The Farewell and Lupita Nyong'o in Us, but only one non-white actor was among the Academy's picks: British star Cynthia Erivo, who plays U.S. anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

This year's nominees will bring plenty of star power to the February 9 ceremony - a good thing, too, since the show will for the second straight year go without a host.

Little Women is the only film directed by a woman among the best picture contenders. "Congratulations to those men", she said, after the all-male honorees were listed for the category. "Greta Gerwig will be nominated for director, Lulu Wang for screenplay and Zhao Shuzhen, Song Kang-ho, Awkwafina, Lupita Nyong'o and Eddie Murphy will all get in for acting".

"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best worldwide film and best documentary feature.

But in a possible sign of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' increasingly worldwide outlook, "Parasite" became just the sixth non-English language movie to be nominated for both best foreign-language film and best picture.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62.

Bombshell, a biographical account of the sexual harassment allegations levelled against the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is up for three awards - including a best-actress nod for Charlize Theron and best-supporting-actress nomination for Margot Robbie.

Martin Scorsese's crime epic scored 10 nominations. Cate Blanchett did it in 2008 for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age", and "I'm Not There", Jamie Foxx did it in 2005 for "Ray" and "Collateral", and in 1994 there were two actresses nominated in two categories: Holly Hunter for "The Piano" and "The Firm", and Emma Thompson for "The Remains of the Day" and "In the Name of the Father". It's the kind of story we don't see often enough and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground.

The nominees for documentary feature are: "American Factory"; "The Cave"; "The Edge of Democracy"; "For Sama"; "Honeyland". "Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!" the former USA president tweeted Monday.

Some 9,000 Academy members vote for the Oscars.



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