Oscar Nominations 2020: Surprises, Snubs, and 'Joker' Leads the Pack

92nd Oscar nominations announcement scheduled for Monday morning	 	 	 		 The Oscar statuette

Despite a year in which women made historic gains behind the camera, female directors were again shut out of best director.

In the category of original score the nominees are Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917 and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. After reading off the list, nominations presenter Issa Rae, absolutely dripping in sarcasm, quipped: "Congratulations to those men".

There were many surprises.

- Don't look for Jennifer Lopez to make a fashion statement on Oscar night; she wasn't nominated for supporting actress, despite strong reviews for her work in "Hustlers".

The award voted on by filmgoers at Canada's largest film festival tends to augur well for Oscar season.

Bong Joon-ho's Palme d'Or-winning Parasite not only became the first South Korean film to compete at the Oscars, it ended up scoring six nominations. Right from Best Picture to Best Director category, the film is expected to reap eight nominations.

Greta Gerwig's Little Women is highly predicted to get several nods.

The best actress nominees are Erivo and Ronan alongside Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Renee Zellweger for Judy. "She should have gotten nominated", he continued.

Black actors were also nearly completely left out of the race, with only Cynthia Erivo picking up an acting nomination for Harriet.

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Now, to the second issue of this year's Oscars: race.

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).

And the 2020 Oscar nominations are. full of some major shockers.

Florence Pugh, nominated for best supporting actress in "Little Women", Instagrammed a before and after photo of herself in bed.

"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best global film and best documentary feature.

Obama tweeted, "It's the kind of story we don't see often enough, and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground".

The other nominees for best worldwide film were "Pain and Glory" from Spain, "Les Miserables" from France and "Corpus Christi" from Poland.

Other Netflix films with nominations include "The Two Popes", "I Lost My Body" and "Klaus".

The only other comic-based film project nominated was Avengers: Endgame for "Visual Effects". She won the Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedy earlier this year. This year is no different, though while Monday morning's reveal of the nominees ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony (set for February 9) offers a workman-like rundown of some of the milestone achievements of the film industry over the past year, you could argue that there does seem to be a few more head-scratching oversights and puzzling snubs than usual. ABC will again broadcast the show, viewership for which past year rose 12% to 29.6 million.

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