Don’t get me wrong, there were some good Oscar nominations in today’s list – I was happy to see Antonio Banderas and Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins, absolutely. But lord, Japanese Tree Scarlett Johansson got TWO nominations and they slept on Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o and Awkwafina? I’m not sure if Lupita and Awkwafina came into the awards season with many expectations, but Jennifer Lopez DID. The Hustlers fam absolutely believed that J.Lo deserved a nomination and it’s legitimately shocking that she didn’t get one.
So, yeah, curious and curiouser that Cynthia Erivo is the only woman of color among ten actress nominations. We’re #OscarsSoWhite again. For years, the Academy has been taking pains to make the Oscar nominations younger and less white, and you know what? IT IS NOT WORKING. It is not working when, in 2020, we’re still having these same conversations. And I hear the arguments of “well, Lupita maybe wasn’t that great and it was a horror film” or “Jennifer Lopez was playing a stripper/gangster for goodness sake.” They literally gave two nominations to ScarJo, who spent all of last fall CAPING for Woody Allen repeatedly. They gave Margot Robbie a nomination for being blonde rather than recognize a Puerto Rican actress.
Anyway, this will be a larger conversation AGAIN this year.
i genuinely think not nominating j lo is rooted in racism and sexism about the kinds of performances the oscars deem worthy of praise doNOT @ me
— E. Alex Jung (@e_alexjung) January 13, 2020
I would NOT like to thank the academy pic.twitter.com/vis2c9leFl
— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) January 13, 2020
– absolutely no one nominated from the farewell including golden globe winner awkwafina
– no lupita
– no female directors (neither noah or taika)
– joker and tarantula everywhere
– parasite cast snubbed
– no golden globe winner taron
– no portrait of a lady on fire pic.twitter.com/HHjTS3bPfR
— julia ⴵ (@mrvelbitch) January 13, 2020
No women nominated in directing. The Farewell completely shut out. No Jennifer Lopez. No Frozen 2. No Spirit for best original song. #OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/0azejWVPha
— Ridiculous Nicholas (@bibble8gubbles) January 13, 2020
Jennifer Lopez was snubbed from her first ever Oscar nomination so others could be recognized for playing the same basic white women characters 🤬🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/feVq2UFYxA
— Ron Rubin (@ronaldrubin) January 13, 2020
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