WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? INSIDE THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

Academy voters are more internationally minded now (Go, Parasite! Congrats, Antonio!), but that’s the only thing that feels like progress (J. Lo and Lupita, you okay?).

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020: WHAT WENT WRONG—AND DID ANYTHING GO RIGHT?
Academy voters are more internationally minded now (Go, Parasite! Congrats, Antonio!), but that’s the only thing that feels like progress (J. Lo and Lupita, you okay?).

Uh-oh, I thought, as John Cho and Issa Rae read the nominees for best supporting actress and Jennifer Lopez was not among them. It’s going to be that kind of year. Despite rave reviews and numerous critics awards for her fantastic work in Hustlers, Lopez was just not something enough for Oscar voters. But what is that something? Looking at the overall, largely cautious list of nominees this year, it’s tempting to say she wasn’t white enough. This was a year in which, in terms of diversity, the actors branch in particular missed no opportunity to miss an opportunity. It’s not just Lopez, it’s Eddie Murphy and Lupita Nyong’o and Jamie Foxx and Da’Vine Joy Randolph and the myriad chances the branch had to make this a breakthrough year for Asian actors, all of whom it passed on. And it’s not just the actors branch; it’s the slighting of Dolemite Is My Name’s costume designer, Ruth Carter, and the complete shutout of Lulu Wang’s The Farewell. This list feels like a step backward on a march forward.

But I suspect something else was going on with Lopez and Hustlers, which is that she did everything wrong. She dared to play a character who used her sexuality as a professional survival tool and didn’t regret it; she committed the unforgivable sin of being sympathetic and then not; she took her public image and spectacularly amplified and reworked it to suit a complicated character. That is not what Academy voters want from J. Lo. What they want is for her to scrub off her makeup and play a poor mother dying of something who tries to find someone to take care of her kids. They want a role that says, Look how serious I am. Look how willing I am to punish myself for you. That kind of self-abasement has always been something Academy voters love to see from actresses; even if we set aside the grim social implications of that kind of thinking, what remains is a disappointing limitation of vision. The Academy has never been good at looking at a performance like the one Lopez gives in Hustlers and understanding that it is as serious, committed, and carefully crafted as the kind of stuff it usually likes. Actors, of all people, should know better.  READ MORE



TREVOR NOAH SLAMS HOLLYWOOD OVER OSCAR NOMS: ‘PREDICTABLE’ ONLY BLACK ACTOR NOMINATED FOR PLAYING A SLAVE
The “Daily Show” host was not happy with the 2020 Oscar nominations Monday.

The best, most meme-worthy development during the Oscar-nominations announcement Monday morning came from none other than Issa Rae who, after reading the all-male list of Best Director nominees, quipped, “Congratulations to those men.”

“Wow, Issa Rae. Damn. You know you’re in trouble when someone can throw shade while congratulating you,” cracked The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah. “And I’ll be honest: I get why she said that. Because those aren’t all just male directors, those are all very male movies. Like, if you take out Parasite, women probably have ten minutes of dialogue in all the other films combined.” READ MORE


Joker scored 11 Oscar nominations, including a best actor nod for star Joaquin Phoenix. ~ Niko Tavernise

OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020: THE ACADEMY IS JOKING, RIGHT
Joker vaults to the top of the Oscar pile with 11 nominations and a Canadian director scores in the short doc category

Laugh, clown, laugh: the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday (January 13), and Joker leads the pack.

Todd Phillips’s dark, gritty origin story for the comic-book villain pulled a total of 11 nominations, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best original score, best film editing and the inevitable best actor nod for Joaquin Phoenix.

If Phoenix wins, which he almost certainly will, it will mark the second time two actors have won Oscars for playing the same character. Marlon Brando won best actor in 1973 for playing Vito Corleone in The Godfather, and Robert De Niro was named best supporting actor two years later for playing a younger Vito in The Godfather, Part II. Whereas De Niro’s performance is deliberately indebted to Brando’s, the whole point of Phoenix’s Joker is that he’s a completely different entity from Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight villain, which earned the actor a posthumous Oscar for best supporting actor in 2009. (I know, it’s confusing, but remember: the Joker loves chaos.) READ MORE


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OSCARS 2020 NOMINATIONS: 12 BIGGEST SNUBS
From an MIA JLo to Adam Sandler being an unnominated gem — not to mention a complete shutout of female directors — these were today’s biggest Oscar-nomination omissions

After weeks of guessing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ favorite films and performances, the 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced, revealing that most of the members liked what you liked. Joker! Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood! Parasite! 1917! It was a largely predictable slate of nominees.

Except where it wasn’t. Every year’s list of nominees produces a jaw-dropping omission or two, and the 2020 edition delivered its own batch of face-palming MIAs. From a daring dual performance to a momentous comeback to one of the most mesmerizing documentaries in years, there were more than a few head-scratching nominations missing from this morning’s list. Here are the 12 most egregious, enraging snubs.

Best Director: Greta Gerwig for Little Women
Or: Any woman for Best Director. When will the Academy honor female directors to the same degree it does men? The Academy once again threw its gender bias right on the table, picking five guys for Best Director and ignoring an obvious choice sitting in their Best Picture lineup. Greta Gerwig made the cut for Lady Bird but apparently wasn’t deemed worthy for her equally acclaimed follow-up, even though the film landed six nominations overall. Big-up the film’s two acting nominations and being one of the best pictures of the year … but it’s not one of the best directed? What? READ MORE


Jennifer Lopez, with Constance Wu, in “Hustlers.” She was left off the Oscar ballot. ~ STXfilms

OSCAR SNUBS AND SURPRISES: JENNIFER LOPEZ, ‘FROZEN II,’ FEMALE DIRECTORS
An #OscarsSoWhite outcome was just barely averted, but the best-director lineup is all male once again.

The Oscar nominations Monday morning brought good news for films like “1917,” “Parasite,” and “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” but other major contenders fell just short of the finish line. Below, your Carpetbagger surveys the nomination list for the biggest surprises and most high-profile snubs.

#OscarsSoWhite? Well, Almost
After the British organization BAFTA nominated 20 all-white acting nominees last week, pundits fretted that the Oscars might pull a similar move. That crisis was averted, though just barely, when the “Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo landed an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Still, the list of Oscar nominees across the board is awfully white, and aside from “Parasite,” the films nominated for best picture feature virtually no people of color. READ MORE


Writer-director Greta Gerwig, left, seen with Meryl Streep on the set of Little Women, was nominated for best adapted screenplay, but not recognized for best director. (Wilson Webb/Sony Pictures/The Associated Press)

 


THE BIGGEST SNUBS AND SURPRISES OF THE 2020 OSCARS NOMINATIONS
The radical remixer of Little Women is overlooked while Joker struts, leading the race with 11 noms

Ah, the fickle Oscar voters.

As the dust settles from the 2020 nomination announcement, it’s clear the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences swooned for old-fashioned movie magic (1917, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) and dramatic, tear-your-heart-out performances (Joker), but steered clear of some of this year’s most affecting and female-led films.

SNUB: Greta Gerwig for Little Women

The list of Oscar nominations for Little Women is impressive: best picture, best original score, best actress, best supporting actress, best costume design and best adapted screenplay. Guess what’s missing? Somehow, the academy voters managed to celebrate Greta Gerwig’s radical remix of the classic novel without nominating her efforts as the director. Yes, with Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese, the race is a tight one, but Gerwig’s fearless and insightful adaptation should have earned her a slot. READ MORE


Robert De Niro and Joaquin Phoenix face off in Joker. ~ Warner Bros.

OSCARS 2020 PREDICTIONS AND SNUBS: JOKER, THE IRISHMAN, ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Nominations bring surprises, but mainly unsurprising disappointments (read: Greta Gerwig’s snub for best director).

The Oscars nominations have done us a couple of solids this year. The brilliant Parasite will vie for the top award, making it the first Korean film and 11th foreign-language film overall to be nominated in the best picture category. Voters also gave Florence Pugh her first supporting actress nod for her scene-stealing Amy in Little Women (she was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards).

But the most nominated film at the 2020 Oscars is, um, a comic book movie. Joker is nominated 11 times. Crucially, it’s nominated in the four fields that normally signify an Oscar winner: writing, directing, acting and editing. But The Irishman, which also scored in those fields and has 10 nominations, has a little something the Oscars prize: prestige. (Being a Netflix movie isn’t so much of a taboo after Roma’s success.) READ MORE



OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020: THE BIGGEST SNUBS AND SURPRISES
No justice for J. Lo, a celebration for Little Women, and more things that made us gasp this morning.

The 2020 Oscar nominations are here, and whether you’re in the Bonghive or a Joker stan, there are reasons to celebrate and be furious. It’s the Oscars, that’s what they do! Below, Vanity Fair’s team of awards obsessives breaks down the biggest snubs and surprises of the morning, from the absence of Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers to the surprisingly extensive affection for both Joker and Parasite. For much, much more coverage of the nominations, keep coming back to VF.com. We could do this all day.

No Oscar Justice for J. Lo
Ever since Jennifer Lopez sashayed onto the screen of Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers, the megawatt multihyphenate was favored as an Oscar contender for her role as Ramona, a no-nonsense stripper who goes to illegal measures to make money during the 2008 financial crisis. But on Monday morning, Lopez was absent from the supporting category—a snub that had No J. Lo trending almost immediately on Twitter. Making surprising appearances in the category instead were Kathy Bates, the sole nominee from Richard Jewell, and Florence Pugh, the 24-year-old English actor who plays fiery March sister Amy and lands Timothée Chalamet’s Laurie onscreen. —Julie Miller READ MORE

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