Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Oscars 2020: Nominations announcement under way

Oscars 2020: Nominations announcement under way

Best supporting actor nominees are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Hollywood).

However, just as some fans were elated at the nominations that films like Little Women, Parasite and Once Upon A Hollywood received, others expressed their frustration at some of the notable absences on the various shortlists.

Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is the first Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar - and it also makes history by picking up nods in a variety of prestigious categories beyond global film, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay.

Jennifer Lopez: Jenny from the block, of Puerto Rican origin, lost what was considered a guaranteed place in the Best Supporting Actress category despite her acclaimed turn as stripper Ramona Vega in Hustlers.

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Notably, The Dark Knight missed out on a Best Picture nomination.

Greta Gerwig: At the end of the announcement of the all-male directing nominees, presenter Issa Rae said pointedly, "Congratulations to those men". The only Black actor who received an Oscar nomination was Cynthia Erivo for playing Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

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Industry website Deadline called Monday's nominations "basically #OscarsSoWhite Part 2: #OscarsSoWhiterAndWithMoreMen", referring to a hashtag begun in 2015 in response to the lack of diverse nominees. The ceremony will not be led by a host this year, following the controversy over comedian Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets last year, which began circulating on the internet after he was announced as the 2019 ceremony's host.

The five nominees for Best Director also represent the leaders in the overall nomination count.

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

Meanwhile, Robert De Niro was the biggest star overlooked in the best actor category for "The Irishman", although Martin Scorsese's director nod makes him the living director with the most Oscar nominations, with nine.

The two pop titans failed to win at the Golden Globes recently, but at least they were nominated.

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

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