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

Twitterati Decry Lack of Diversity Among 2020 Oscar Nominees

Twitterati Decry Lack of Diversity Among 2020 Oscar Nominees

Beyoncé's "Spirit" from "The Lion King" was absent from the original song list, Jennifer Lopez's role in "Hustlers" didn't receive any Academy accolades, and Awkwafina won't become the second Asian American nominated for best actress for "The Farewell".

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

Little Women is the only film directed by a woman among the best picture contenders. After reading off the list, nominations presenter Issa Rae, absolutely dripping in sarcasm, quipped: "Congratulations to those men".

In the history of the Oscars, only five women have ever been nominated for best director - including Gerwig, for 2017's "Lady Bird".

And sometimes the best a film can hope for is to announce that it is an Academy Award nominee.

South Korean class satire "Parasite", from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist.

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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.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62.

Martin Scorsese's crime epic scored 10 nominations.

The nominees for best supporting actress are: Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"; Laura Dern, "Marriage Story"; Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"; Florence Pugh, "Little Women"; Margot Robbie, "Bombshell". Cate Blanchett did it in 2008 for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age", and "I'm Not There", Jamie Foxx did it in 2005 for "Ray" and "Collateral", and in 1994 there were two actresses nominated in two categories: Holly Hunter for "The Piano" and "The Firm", and Emma Thompson for "The Remains of the Day" and "In the Name of the Father". "Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!" the former U.S. president tweeted Monday.

Voting for winners - in which all members can vote in every category - begins January 30, closing five days later.

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