The 2020 Oscar nominations are out, and moviegoers and critics are upset over this year's lack of diversity in the major categories. Best Director has no female directors, and major acting contenders of color were also snubbed. The Academy also ignored blockbusters like—”Avengers: Endgame”—in the Best Picture category and “Frozen II” in the Best Animated Film category.
2019 was clearly an incredible year for film; there’s no doubt there was great competition in the acting and filmmaking categories. But too many talented actors, filmmakers and motion pictures were notably omitted and left in the dust. While The Tylt’s series can’t cover all the notable snubbed work, below are our picks for the most shocking snubs in the top categories. So let us know below by voting, which snubs hurt you the most?
“Avengers: Endgame” was the top grossing movie of 2019, the highest grossing film of all time and the end of an epic era of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Knives Out” was also a critically acclaimed box office hit globally, and was nodded for several Best Picture precursor awards. Which movie's snub hurt the most?
While there's been debate on whether the highly realistic, computer-animated "The Lion King" reboot should be classified as an animated movie, the 2019 film was nodded for the Best Animated Film at the 2020 Golden Globes. But in the end, the commercially successful "The Lion King" was left off the 2020 Oscars' shortlist. But it was even a bigger shock to some that widely popular "Frozen II" wasn't nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category after the original film won the Oscar in 2014. Which animated film's snub hurt the most?
There were no female filmmakers recognized for their achievements in directing in 2019 at the 2020 Oscars. And critics are outraged that the Academy passed over Greta Gerwig for her directing achievement in “Little Women.” Melina Matsoukas directed episodes of “Insecure” before making her breakthrough as the director of the completely snubbed, but acclaimed film “Queen & Slim.” Which director's snub hurt the most?
While 2019 was an epic year for motion pictures, the music behind the cinema was also so inspiring. But with such great cinematic music comes snubs in the Best Original Song category, and two of today’s biggest pop icons won’t be not recognized at the 2020 Oscars. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Taylor Swift’s “Beautiful Ghosts” from the “Cats” soundtrack was ghosted by the Oscars. Many expected Labrinth, Ilya Salmanzadeh and Beyoncé’s powerhouse ballad “Spirit” from “The Lion King: The Gift” soundtrack to be nodded, but it wasn’t in the spirits of Academy members to nod the praised song. Which song’s snub hurt the most?
Lupita Nyong'o scored a SAG award nod for highly praised double lead role in “Us,” but the Academy ignored her multifaceted performance. Awkwafina's Golden Globe win for “The Farewell” in the Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category gave some hope she’ll be nodded for Best Actress at the 2020 Oscars, but her Oscar nod never arrived. Which actress’ snub hurt the most?
Taron Egerton embodied Elton John in “Rocketman,” which rocketed the actor to a Golden Globe win in Best Actor — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category. Eddie Murphy channeled blaxploitation star Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite Is My Name,” garnering praise and award buzz. But unlike other Netflix gems—“The Two Popes,” “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman”—Murphy’s film was shut out. Which actor’s snub hurt the most?
Jennifer Lopez was considered a lock for an Oscar nod for “Hustlers” in the Best Supporting Actress category after scoring Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, but the Academy passed. Zhao Shuzhen’s sentimental performance in “The Farewell” scored critical acclaim and awards buzz, but per usual when it comes to Asian actors, the 2020 Oscars overlooked her. Which actress’ snub hurt the most?
Jamie Foxx is no stranger to the Academy Awards, after winning Best Actor for “Ray” and being nodded for Best Supporting Actor for “Collateral” both in 2005. But shockingly the Academy was uninspired by his inspirational, supporting performance in “Just Mercy.” “Parasite” scored six Oscar nominations, but none of the acting talent—especially standout Song Kang-ho—was included. Which actor’s snub hurt the most?