Awards season is coming thick and fast now. We have already had the Golden Globes; the BAFTAs have released frustrating nominations last week and today was the turn of the Oscars.
The Academy Awards famously deliver a mixed bag when it comes to nominations over the last decade (at least) and 2020 was, on the whole, an improvement to an extent.
Let’s get into it…
So, when we say improvement, we literally mean the films getting the nominations in the various categories are at least deserving; but there were so many overlooked – we’ll get to that.
Let’s start where the BAFTAs left off… 20 nominations across the acting categories delivered 20 nominations for white talent. For the Oscars, 19 were given to white talent. It is simply Cynthia Erivo for her movie Harriet getting the recognition. One of the biggest problems with this is two women of colour deserved a nomination at least. Honestly, literally deserved. J-Lo for Hustlers and Lupita Nyong’o for Us needed to be nominated!
There is no way Charlize Theron for Bombshell is better, plus, Scarlett Johansson received two nominations (Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit) – disappointing. Are the Academy really saying that ScarJo’s two performances were both better than both Lupita and J-Lo’s? Ridiculous.
In addition to this fiasco, in the directing category, there was a shut out for women again. Whilst the men in the list are brilliant, so is Greta Gerwig and Lulu Wang. It’s disappointing that diversity is lacking every single year. Furthermore, a few more snubs we feel aggrieved for are Uncut Gems (Best Picture, or literally anything), Adam Sandler, Taron Egerton, Apollo 11 and George MacKay.
On the flip side, Parasite and Joker getting so much love is amazing to see. Plus, Ad Astra picking up one nomination (deserved so much more) means we can now call it “Academy-Award nominated Ad Astra. It’s just overall frustrating, but we hope come February, the right winners pick up the statuettes on the night. We’re rooting for Parasite, Joker and 1917! Let us know what you think…