Major snubs in Oscar 2020 nominations as Margot Robbie leads Aussie nods

Margot Robbie has been nominated for an Oscar. Photo: Getty

The 2020 Oscar nominations are in and there are plenty of snubs and surprises, with Margot Robbie the only Aussie to get a nod.

Australia’s chances of another golden statue sit firmly on the shoulders of the 29-year-old, who has been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Bombshell.

Her co-star and fellow Hollywood heavyweight Nicole Kidman sadly missed out on any nominations this year, as did Russell Crowe, who won a Golden Globe for his role in The Loudest Voice.

It’s the second time Margot has been nominated for an Oscar, after bagging a nod for her leading role in I, Tonya in 2018.

Joker dominated the competition on Oscar morning, picking up a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. That’s a new record for a comic-book movie, and marks the first Best Picture nomination for a DC Comics-derived film, after Black Panther put Marvel Studios on the board last year.

The news wasn’t as happy for Jennifer Lopez. The Hustlers star was shut out of the Best Supporting Actress category, which sparked an immediate outcry on Twitter and brought renewed attention to the Academy’s recurring #OscarsSoWhite problem.

Another major snub that’s been causing a stir online is Greta Gerwig being passed over for a nomination in the best director line-up.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: Greta Gerwig attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

It’s another #OscarsSoMale Best Director lineup 

For the second year in a row, voters failed to honour a female filmmaker, which is particularly disappointing following a year in which women made serious strides behind the camera.

Little Women’s critical and commercial success led many to hope that Gerwig would make the final list of five nominees.

Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment, Gerwig indicated that she’d be equally happy to see such colleagues as Céline Sciamma (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Mati Diop (Atlantics) honoured.

Issa Rae, who helped announce the nominations on Monday, shaded the Academy on the exclusion by remarking, “Congratulations to those men,” after their names were read. Don’t be surprised if more women make a point of mentioning that on Oscar night.

Here is a round up of some more snubs and surprises from the 2020 Oscar nominations.

SNUB: Lupita Nyongo’s absence from the Best Actress category is horrific

Two years ago, Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya joined the short list of horror movie leading men who scared their way into a Best Actor nomination.

Unfortunately, the leading lady of Jordon Peele’s follow-up, Us, fell prey to the oft-present horror movie curse. While Lupita Nyong’o was among the critics’ choices for Best Actress, Oscar voters apparently disagreed.

Fortunately, Cynthia Erivo’s nomination for the biopic Harriet brought some necessary diversity to the category. But voters shouldn’t pat themselves on the back just yet: Erivo was also the only performer of colour nominated in all of the acting categories, with The Farewell’s Awkwafina, Just Mercy’s Jamie Foxx and the Parasite cast all going overlooked. (For the record, the Spanish-born Banderas is not typically considered a person of colour.) Memo to voters: there’s a reason why #OscarsSoWhite keeps trending.

SNUB: Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler aren’t laughing this morning

What do Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy have in common? They’re both popular veterans of Saturday Night Live who recently returned to the show for celebrated hosting gigs. What else do they have in common?

Both of them were passed over for Best Actor nominations despite giving the best performances of their careers. Sandler went dramatic — kind of — in the darkly funny thriller Uncut Gems, while Murphy recaptured his comic mojo as the title character in the riotous biopic Dolemite Is My Name. On the other hand, now that they don’t have to go to the Oscars, maybe they can co-host SNL that week instead? 

SNUB: J.Lo couldn’t hustle up a Best Supporting Actress Nomination

Jennifer Lopez’s faced her fears when she performed her first big dance number on the Hustlers set, and was rewarded with some of the best reviews of her career, along with Best Supporting Actress nods at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Unfortunately, she didn’t dance her way into Oscar voters’ hearts: Lopez’s name wasn’t among the final five nominees, her spot most likely going to Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates or Little Women’s Florence Pugh. And speaking of Little Women... 

SNUB: Frozen 2 is iced out

Frozen fans aren’t gonna let this one go: the hit sequel to the 2013 blockbuster — and Best Animated Feature winner — didn’t make the cut for this year’s category. In fact, Disney only picked up a single nomination, for Toy Story 4, in the category it often dominates. (The studio declined to submit the 2019 version of The Lion King for consideration.) Three out of the five nominees, including I Lost My Body, Klaus and Missing Link, are from smaller studios, which proves that the Mouse House isn’t the only name in cartoons at the Oscars anymore, although sequels generally don’t have as much success.

SNUB: Beyoncé’s Lion King ‘Spirit’ didn’t roar with voters

Here’s something that should warm Elsa’s heart: Frozen 2’s anthem, “Into the Unknown” picked up a nomination for Best Original Song, along with Randy Newman’s latest Toy Story tune, “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.”

Once again, though, the new Lion King failed to roar: Beyoncé’s original song “Spirit,” didn’t make the final list of nominees. That’s not the only cat that got overlooked: “Beautiful Ghosts,” Taylor Swift’s all-new ballad for the box office bomb, Cats, never had the ghost of a chance at being recognised.

Oscar nominations: Surprises and snubs.

SURPRISE: Little Women is a big Oscar success story 

Oscar morning definitely wasn’t a “bummer” for Greta Gerwig and her Little Women team. After largely being passed over by the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards, the hit film scored six Academy Awards nominations, including Pugh for Best Supporting Actress, Saoirse Ronan for Best Actress and the film itself for Best Picture. Best of all, Gerwig broke up the Best Adapted Screenplay boys’ club, joining such nominees as The Irishman’s Steve Zaillian and Jojo Rabbit’s Taika Waititi. Unfortunately, another boys’ club remains intact.

SURPRISE: Scarlett Johansson joins the double nominee club

She’s already joined SNL’s “Five-Timers Club.” Now, Scarlett Johansson has qualified for another exclusive group: the “Double Nominee Oscar Club.” The actress became the 12th performer to be nominated in both the Lead and Supporting categories for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, respectively. Johansson joins such company as Jessica Lange (double-nominated in 1982), Al Pacino (double-nominated in 1992), Cate Blanchett (double-nominated in 2007, the last to accomplish the feat). So when does Johansson get fitted for her jacket?

SURPRISE: Joker is the Clown Prince of the Oscars 

With endorsements from such stars as Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain, as well as a Golden Globe victory and SAG and BAFTA nominations, Joaquin Phoenix’s Best Actor nomination (and likely win) was a foregone conclusion. But even the Dark Knight Detective couldn’t have predicted that Todd Phillips’s divisive Joker origin story would emerge as an Oscar superhero.

The film received 11 nominations overall, leading such presumptive frontrunners as The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Somewhere, all of the big-screen Batmen — from Michael Keaton to Ben Affleck — are crying beneath their cowls.

With additional reporting by Ethan Alter.

The 92nd Academy Awards air Monday February 10 on Channel 7.

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