Hosts won’t be the only people missing from this year’s Oscars broadcast on Sunday – female directors and many actors of color have been excluded from the 2020 nominations.
The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced last month, and to the surprise and dismay of many moviegoers, several names believed to be shoo-ins have in fact been snubbed.
They include Jennifer Lopez, whose appearance in “Hustlers” marked her Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations – but she was dropped from the Academy Award list for Best Supporting Actress. And Awkwafina, who made history as the first woman of Asian origin to win a Leading Actress Golden Globe last week for “The Farewell,” was not among the nominees for Best Actress at the Oscars.
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In fact, the only person of color to be nominated in any of the acting categories was Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”), who won the title of Best Actress. Lupita Nyong’o was not recognized for her double performances in “Us”. Neither did Eddie Murphy, although he was nominated for a Golden Globe for “Dolemite Is My Name,” nor Jamie Foxx for “Just Mercy,” which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the SAG Awards. Alfre Woodard was overlooked for “Clemency” despite earning a nomination for Best Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards.
And not a single female director has been nominated in the race for best directors, omitting contenders such as Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the neighborhood ”), Lorene Scafaria (“ Hustlers ”) and Alma Har’el (“ Honey Boy ”). No female director has been nominated for the Golden Globes either.
“Kudos to these men,” presenter Issa Rae said after reading the nominees.
Many disappointed viewers expressed their frustration on Twitter TWTR,
The Oscars have been hit with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in the past, most notably in 2015 and 2016, when a minority was not nominated in any of the four categories of actors. And diversification into Hollywood continues to be a slow process.
For example, more and more women are taking on behind-the-scenes roles as directors (directing 33% of independent films between 2018 and 2019, up from 29%); writers (32%, compared to 26%); producers (37% against 36%); executive producers (32% vs. 26%); and editors (29% vs. 27%), according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. But they are still in the minority, especially women of color.
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And there has been no significant improvement over the past decade in the portrayal of people of color, women, LGBT characters, or characters with disabilities, the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative reported in The Hollywood Reporter in 2018.
This is a costly mistake, given that films with more diverse distributions also make more money, according to the Hollywood Diversity Report. In 2016, films with 21% to 30% minority actors had the highest national median box office ($ 62.5 million), while films with majority minority actors had the second national box office median ($ 42.1 million). But films with minorities making up less than 10% of the cast earned only a fraction of that, at just over $ 20 million.
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And the snub has also caused many viewers to threaten to skip the Oscars this year, which is probably the last thing producers want to hear. Last year’s show was the second least watched in Oscar history, and the previous year’s show had a record number of viewers.
Some other surprises among this year’s nominees:
While “The Irishman” by Martin Scorsese for Netflix NFLX,
got 10 nominations, none of which went to Robert De Niro, although his co-stars Joe Pesci and Al Pacino were nominated.
“Uncut Gems” and Adam Sandler have also been overlooked, despite the comedic gaining critical acclaim. And Taron Egerton was also nominated for playing Elton John in “Rocketman”.
The Oscars are ready to let go “Frozen 2” – the Disney DIS,
the sequel did not land a nomination for the Paris animated feature. And Beyonce’s “Spirit” from Disney’s “The Lion King” remake was not included in the Best Original Songlist.
This article was originally published in January and was republished ahead of the Academy Awards on February 9, 2020.