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Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Tinseltown homage "Once Upon a Hollywood", Sam Mendes' World War I odyssey "1917" and Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" each earned 10 nominations, including best picture and director. Before we bring out the trope about merit having little to do with race and gender, let's be clear here that we aren't suggesting that nominations be handed out simply for political correctness; we are talking about women and people of colour whose accomplishments in film in the previous year should have earned them a spot among the Oscar hopefuls regardless.

(And yet 2019's best movie by and about white dudes - Uncut Gems - received zero nominations.) Yes, Little Women and Bong Joon-ho's Parasite were next in line with six each - and thank god for that - but it still felt overwhelmingly like Oscars voters were not simply ignoring an opportunity to celebrate the burgeoning diversity of the industry they represent: they were full-on pushing back against it by showering the old guard with as much love as possible. So would nominating Eddie Murphy for Best Actor for "Dolemite" Akwafina for Best Actress for "The Farewell" or Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress for "Hustlers".

It's been a tough awards season for Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

Greta Gerwig: At the end of the announcement of the all-male directing nominees, presenter Issa Rae said pointedly, "Congratulations to those men".

One of the biggest surprises this year was Parasite landing a nomination for best picture.

Britain's Cynthia Erivo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce and Florence Pugh are all up for acting prizes.

Oh, how naive I was going into this awards season with hope - truly a risky thing to have when you're a lifelong Oscar geek desperate for a reason to defend an institution that has been increasingly indefensible as of late.

Another controversy is brewing after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) failed to nominate any female directors.

The figure includes movie producers and technical categories such as best musical score, where Icelandic maestro Hildur Gudnadottir became the ninth woman nominated.

Voting for Oscar nominees ended last Tuesday, two days after the Golden Globes.

In the documentary category, "American Factory" - which follows a US Rust Belt factory reopened by a Chinese billionaire - picked up a nomination for its well-known producers. J.Lo and Awkafina didn't get nominated.

The Oscars will be handed out in Hollywood on February 9.

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