Oscars 2020 Nominations: 16 Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

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The actor has been doing the awards circuit all year, hoping his charm-offensive tactic would land him an Oscar nomination. Not only is Joker up for best picture, but it's also been nominated for the achievement in directing, film editing, costume design, cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, sound editing, and sound mixing awards.

Bong Joon-ho's class satire "Parasite" has six nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Jennifer Lopez played a stripper in the critically acclaimed Hustlers, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.

The cast of Little Women.

In fact, 2020 nominee Martin Scorsese has more nominations on his own than all the women directors combined-something that has annoyed many social media users.

"I don't think it's a vote against female directors", he added. While she was indeed nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Gerwig is didn't make the list for Best Director.

"Little Women" acting nominee Florence Pugh told Variety she was "happy that everybody is upset" over Gerwig's snub.


In announcing the nominees for best director, actress Issa Rae said with a deadpan expression: "Congratulations to those men". Of the nine best picture nominees, only one was released before October.

Many were also disappointed that only one nonwhite actor, Cynthia Erivo, the star of the action film "Harriet", was nominated for an Oscar.

Social media has been buzzing with other snubs like Lupita Nyong'o in Us, Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy. The ceremony will not be led by a host this year, following the controversy over comedian Kevin Hart's homophobic tweets last year, which began circulating on the internet after he was announced as the 2019 ceremony's host. Greta Gerwig, who in 2018 was the last woman to be nominated in the category (for Lady Bird), missed out on a nom for Little Women, with other notable absences including Scafaria and Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

The best actor contenders are Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

"The Irishman" helped Netflix to 24 nominations - the first time it has ever topped the studio count.

The two pop titans failed to win at the Golden Globes recently, but at least they were nominated.

In the documentary category, "American Factory" - which follows a US Rust Belt factory reopened by a Chinese billionaire - picked up a nomination for its well-known producers.

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