Reactions to the ridiculous 92nd Academy Award nominations

The full list of the 92nd Academy Award nominees were revealed this morning and (shocker!) it was full of surprises with questionable selections and ridiculous snubs. It’s crazy to think of the huge strides made to made the academy more inclusive and yet once again the nominees still lack much diversity. Here’s my thoughts on the list.

Best Picture

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Ford V Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Reaction: None of these choices are surprising for better or worse. It’s disappointing that The Farewell didn’t make the cut over something like Jojo Rabbit. Dolemite is My Name was slighted throughout so that’s not a shock.

Directing

Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)

Todd Phillips (Joker)

Sam Mendes (1917)

Quentin Tarantino (Once upon a Time in Hollywood)

Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)

Actress in a Leading Role

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Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)

Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

Charlize Theron (Bombshell)

Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Reaction: Awkafina’s snub for her performance in The Farewell is ridiculous. Johansson has steadily lost momentum on the awards circuit and seems like a decent choice to swap out and if it came down to the two, I would have gone with Awkwafina over Ronan or Theron. Erivo was good, but I think her nomination was a CYA move to avoid an OscarsSoWhite controversy as the lone black nominee in the acting categories. And did anyone actually see Us and not think Lupita Nyong’o didn’t deserve a Best Actress?

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)

Leonardo DiCaprio (Once upon a Time in Hollywood)

Adam Driver (Marriage Story)

Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Reaction: Banderas seemed to come from out of nowhere. Eddie Murphy should have at least gotten a nom for his performance in Dolemite Is My Name. Daniel Craig seemed overlooked for his role in Knives Out as well.

Actress in a Supporting Role

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Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)

Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Reaction: Sigh. This is maybe the most problematic category of the bunch. The Farewell’s Shuzhen Zaho should be among the nominees. Ditto for Yeo-jeong Jo (Parasite). Da’Vine Joy Randolph could have been in the mix here for Dolemite is My Name.  Easily the most egregious omission here is Jennifer Lopez for her career best role in Hustlers. Johansson is a rare double nominee. Pugh was very good in a large ensemble. I’d easily take out Robbie and Bates here for Zaho and Lopez. 

Actor in a Supporting Role

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Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Al Pacino (The Irishman)

Joe Pesci (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once upon a Time in Hollywood)

Reaction:  Sterling K. Brown (Waves) or Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy) were overlooked, but this category was the one easy prediction and there were no Oscar upsets here.

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

Reaction: I remain amazed Joker is in the adapted category as it barely counts as a comic book movie.

Original Screenplay

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Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Reaction: Parasite really needs to win, but I think we’re in for another rambling Quentin Tarantino speech.

Cinematography

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The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Reaction: Waves should definitely be in the mix for this one.

Original Song

Toy Story 4
Rocketman
Breakthrough
Frozen 2
Harriet

Reaction: No Lion King nod for Beyonce’s original song although I fully expect Rocketman to get this one.

Original Score

Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Reaction: Thinking 1917 or Joker in this one.

Animated Feature Film

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How To Train Your Dragon
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Reaction: My vote here is for Klaus, but no argument with these nominees.

Animated Short Film

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Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Reaction: Hopefully Hair Love gets the win here to show some representation.

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Film Editing

Ford V Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Reaction: Maybe this is where Ford V Ferrari gets some hardware? I don’t see why Joker is in this mix here either.

International Feature

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Miserables
Pain And Glory
Parasite

Reaction: Parasite will win this one as a consolation prize for not getting Best Picture

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon A time In Hollywood
Parasite

Costume Design

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The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Reaction: I’m going to guess that no one bothered to watch Dolemite Is My Name to exclude Ruth E. Carter this year. I know the Academy LOVES Joker, but that would be my easy swap out in this one.

Visual Effects

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Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Reaction: Oh, there was another comic book movie in 2019! Look for 1917 to win this because Academy members refuse to appreciate comic book movies that don’t feature Joker.

Makeup and Hairstyling

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Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Reaction: Bombshell should win this for the remarkable transformation of Theron to Megyn Kelly.

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford V Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Reaction: Ad Astra didn’t get much love. It would be a nice time for an upset over Joker, 1917 and Once Upon a Time…

Sound Editing

Ford V Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Reaction: 1917 should get this one.

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