A few Hollywood stars probably wish they had slept in today.
The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced Monday morning, and while the expected juggernauts — “The Irishman,” “1917,” “Once Upon A Time . . . in Hollywood” — secured nods, there were plenty of major slights.
Here’s a look at the actors and films who missed out on Academy Awards love.
Without a doubt, the announcement’s biggest snub was Jennifer Lopez, who played a veteran stripper in the dramedy “Hustlers.” Losing the Golden Globe Award a week ago to Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) might have tempered J.Lo’s expectations, but she no doubt assumed she’d at least be nominated here — for her most successful acting role in decades. Oscar categories are voted on by their own field — actors decide acting, directors decide directors, etc. — and Lopez already secured a Screen Actors Guild Award nod. So, this one will sting.
With director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” acquiring momentum the past few weeks, many expected the South Korean film to land at least one acting nomination. Song Kang Ho, who plays a sneaky father in the thriller, was the most likely to squeeze in here, but neither he nor any of his castmates were named on Monday. “Parasite” did receive several high-profile nominations, however, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Best Editing.
For Disney, Monday morning must feel like going into the unknown. While many were perplexed when the lesser-known “Missing Link” won the Golden Globe Award for best animated film last week over “Frozen 2,” “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Toy Story 4,” even more befuddling was “Frozen 2” being left off the same Oscars category altogether.
Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy
Two funnymen gave career-redefining performances last year. Eddie Murphy as actor Rudy Ray Moore in “Dolemite Is My Name” and Adam Sandler as a New York diamond dealer in “Uncut Gems.” Despite their celebrity and the critical praise they received, neither made the cut — with Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”) and Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”) securing the two wildcard spots.
This one is a real shame. The indie comedy “The Farewell” was one of the best films of the year — in many critics’ estimations — but went home totally empty-handed on Oscar nominations day, including for the magnificent work from its now A-list star, Awkwafina. We knew it could’ve gone either way, but her win for best actress – comedy or musical at the Golden Globes gave us hope. In fact, the only actor of color to snag a nomination this year was Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet.”
People are gonna be really mad about this one. Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” has been widely praised and crossed the $100 million worldwide box office line this weekend. Still, while her film managed a Best Picture nod, she was left off the best director list. That same slight at the Globes led to a tidal wave of outrage. After reading the list of nominees, presenter Issa Rae said, “Congratulations to those men.”