2020 Oscar Nominations: Biggest Snubs
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday morning, January 13th and as usual this year’s list of nominees include plenty of expected front-runners but also some major snubs that include actors, directors, and films that The Academy chose to give the cold shoulder to.
Todd Phillips’ dark drama Joker has received the most attention from The Academy, earning 11 Oscar Nominations including: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix who has been hailed as the front-runner in this category. Three other films follow close behind with 10 Oscar nominations each, including the World War I epic 1917, Quentin Tarantino’s homage to 1960’s cinema Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s Netflix powerhouse The Irishman.
Other films that have received a lot of attention from Oscar voters are The Netflix drama Marriage Story, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, and the comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit, all with 6 Oscar nominations each.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9th at 8 PM eastern / 5 PM pacific and will once again be hostless this year.
So now that we know who will be in the running for these prestigious awards, I’m going to share the biggest snubs that stuck out to me after this year’s Oscar nominations were announced.
To view the full list of this year’s Oscar nominees, click here.
Best Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for Us
Already an Oscar winner for her outstanding supporting role in the 2013 historical drama 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has built up an incredible Hollywood resume over the years but her work in Jordan Peele’s 2019 horror film Us was her most intense and diverse performance yet. Playing two characters at such an immense octane throughout the film is something that should not have gone unnoticed by Academy members.
Side note: Us did not receive a single nomination for this year’s Academy Awards. That is a far cry from Jordan Peele’s 2017 film Get Out which received 4 Oscar nominations and won for Best Original Screenplay.
Midsommar: Best Cinematography, Best Actress: Florence Pugh
Ari Aster’s folk horror film definitely left audiences divided and we all know that The Academy doesn’t like to give a lot of acknowledgment to the horror genre but there is no denying that this psychological trip of a film provided some incredible use of cinematography. And while newcomer Florence Pugh is being acknowledged in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Little Women, her emotive performance in Midsommar was far more impactful.
Frozen II: Best Animated Feature Film
This sequel to the 2013 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film did not come close to the power of its predecessor but Frozen II was still a strong follow up to the original and this omission is one of the biggest headscratchers for me this year. Frozen II did receive an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for “Into The Unknown” so perhaps we will have another one of these moments:
Best Actor: Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems
Adam Sandler has promised to make the “worst movie ever” after being snubbed in the Best Actor category for his performance in Uncut Gems, a film that many expected to be a leading contender in this year’s Oscars nominations.
Sandler also took to Twitter to give his Waterboy co-star Kathy Bates a shoutout for her Oscar nomination for her supporting role in Richard Jewell:
And like any good Mama, Kathy Bates had a great response!
Documentary Feature: Apollo 11
One of the year’s most widely acclaimed documentaries, Apollo 11 focuses on the 1969 spaceflight in which men first walked on the moon. The film includes never-before-seen archival footage and was met with enormous praise from critics, so it is very surprising to not see this film nominated.
Best Actor: Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name
Everyone loves a comeback and Dolemite Is My Name truly was a comeback performance for comedian/actor Eddie Murphy who blew audiences and critics away for his portrayal of real-life filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore so why he wasn’t acknowledged by The Academy doesn’t make much sense to me.
Best Director: Greta Gerwig for Little Women
After announcing the nominees for Best Director, presenter Issa Rae stated, “Congratulations to those men.” Over the years the Oscars have been criticized for their lack of diversity in nominations, in particular omitting women from the Best Director category.
Knives Out: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress: Ana de Armas, Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis
For me the biggest disappointment to come out this year’s Oscar nominations was the HUGE oversight of one of the most entertaining films of 2019. Rian Johnson’s intelligent dark comedy which follows the “whodunit” storyline only received one Oscar nomination this year for Best Original Screenplay.
Knives Out was one of the best films’ of 2019 due it’s brilliant writing, directing, pacing, and phenomenal ensemble cast. Ana de Armas who has stuck out to me since Eli Roth’s 2015 horror film Knock Knock turns in a brilliant leading performance that in my opinion has been overlooked across the board. Jamie Lee Curtis gives one of her best performances in years as a contentious high-powered real estate mogul and this was The Academy’s opportunity to recognize a lifetime of brilliant work.
I am a huge fan of directors who also write the screenplays for their films and because Rian Johnson is being acknowledged by the Academy for his screenplay, he should be acknowledged in the Best Director category. And while I would not award Knives Out with Best Picture, it still deserves to be recognized in that category.