Oscars 2020 Nominations: 16 Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

In 2018, Time's Up's presence at the Golden Globes - where A-list actors wore black in support of victims of sexual harassment - put pressure on the film industry to question its sexism in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with the Time's Up campaign getting a moment of attention at the 2018 Oscars too. Today, January 13th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its snub-heavy 2020 Oscar nominations list, and-shocker!-not a single woman was nominated for the Best Director category.

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) - all men - scored nominations.

The film, which stars Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, earned Coppola Best Director, Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods, making her the third woman nominated for the directing award.


In fact, after more than 90 years, only ONE woman has won Best Director at the Oscars: Kathryn Bigelow, who took home the honor for directing The Hurt Locker in 2009.

"Congratulations to those men", Rae said.

And, as ever, Twitter is not. When the Academy revealed this year's nominees, many women of color were visibly absent from the list, including Beyonce & Lupita Nyong'o-so we all stand with Issa on calling them out.


Maybe 2021 will be the year that the Academy finally joins us in the real world, where white men are not the only artists worthy of acclaim.

The actress received a lead actress nod for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman whose marriage falls apart in Noah Baumbach's drama "Marriage Story" and a supporting actress nomination as a German mother secretly working against Hitler's Nazi regime during WWII in Taika Waititi's quirky comedy "Jojo Rabbit".

It certainly wasn't all bad, though, and numerous year's best movies nevertheless got their fair due.


Eight years later, in 2017, Greta Gerwig was nominated for Lady Bird. If the same actor gets enough votes to have two performances nominated in the same category, the performance with fewer votes is disqualified. Krysty Wilson-Cairns shared a nomination with Sam Mendes for 1917 in the original screenplay category. "This film is a testament to the brilliance of Greta Gerwig".

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