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What's missing from this year's Oscar nominations

What's missing from this year's Oscar nominations”

As always, there was some controversy over who got love and who was snubbed. The only Black actor who received an Oscar nomination was Cynthia Erivo for playing Harriet Tubman in Harriet. That's an honour that can now be claimed by Rocketman (original song), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (makeup and hairstyling), The Lighthouse (cinematography), Ad Astra (sound mixing) and, for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars, which was also nominated for its score.

Other films that make multiple appearances on the nominations list include Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Once Upon A Time... They really do deserve more recognition. But...

It seems that hasn't done much to address the issue. "Congratulations to those men", she said, after the all-male honorees were listed for the category.

That's because, once again, no women were nominated in this category.

And it's not like there weren't options: The Farewell, Hustlers and Little Women were all films both written and directed by women that missed out this year.

The Oscars has a pretty bad track record with recognising female directors.

On an aside, Greta Gerwig did receive a directing nomination at the Oscars in 2018 for Lady Bird. Bigelow is so far the only woman to win the award.

The best actor contenders are Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

Referencing a notable moment from the Lorene Scafaria movie, one fan tweeted about Jennifer Lopez's snub: "Jennifer Lopez could and should crush each member of the Academy with her thighs while Fiona Apple blares in the background and Cardi B hisses and claps in approval".

South Korean class satire "Parasite", from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist. "I think best Oscar, people thought this was not possible in our lifetime". She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) but has been shut out of Hollywood's biggest award show in spite of massive critical acclaim.

Only nine foreign-language films have even been nominated.

This year, the Oscars failed to address their diversity problem yet again, shutting out women from its directing category and people of colour from nearly every category in the slate of nominees that were announced yesterday.



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