Some things never change.
As always, the entertainment media is just as interested in the movies and performers that were passed over for a nomination as the ones that were acknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Several big names did not hear their names called on Monday.
Beyoncé was widely expected to receive a Best Original Song nom for “Spirit” from The Lion King, but Queen Bey was left off the Oscar list. “Spirit” previously picked up nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Grammy Awards.
Jennifer Lopez’s comeback performance in Hustlers was met with critical acclaim. The Bronx-bred singer/dancer garnered numerous honors including Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Satellite Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. Nonetheless, JLo will not be competing for an Oscar this year.
Nora “Awkwafina” Lum was on a lot of movie buffs’ shortlist for a possible nomination at the Oscars. The Academy decided not to select Awkwafina for the Best Actress category even after she made history by winning the Golden Globe for The Farewell. The “Yellow Ranger” rapper also won Best Actress at the Gotham Awards and the Satellite Awards.
Other notable Oscar snubs include Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Lupita Nyong’o (Us), and Jamie Foxx (No Mercy). Many have taken to social media to voice their opinion on the snubs citing a continued lack of diversity that certainly hasn’t improved over time, even utilizing a hashtag #OscarsSoWhite What do you guys think? Take a look at some of the reactions below:
ABC realizing they now have an Oscar broadcast now with no JLo, no Beyonce, no Eddie, no host and #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/twOjFfFHeo
— Jibril Gagale (@JibbersMKE) January 13, 2020
JLO wasn’t nominated. Fuck off Oscars pic.twitter.com/pJ4kKszomc
— Elijah Krantz (@Southparks_) January 13, 2020
No women directors. All white supporting actress! Where is Awkwafina, JLo, Shuzhen Zhao? Where is Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Lupita, Beyoncé? Queen and Slim, Farewell? So predictable choices very disappointed . #OscarNoms
— Constantinos Isaias (@Isaiasthoughts) January 13, 2020
I saw more conversations about how good these 3 performances were than all of the Oscar nominees combined.
The Academy is dooming itself to irrelevancy. #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/8FKwNnvYJc
— kareem yasin (@thekareem) January 13, 2020
these four women of color all had more buzz, critic awards and memorable performances than majority of the nominees. The Oscars are RACIST, period. There is no excuse. #Oscars2020 #OscarNoms #OscarsSoWhite pic.twitter.com/TDegXUKpcD
— ✨ (@omkneebus) January 13, 2020
The Oscars said f*** y’all social rants.
We are nominating every white we got. Spicy white, old white, off white, eggshell, man white, some white women, and a POC to keep up appearances
The Oscars will never reward Black art fairly #OscarNoms #OscarsSoWhite
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 13, 2020
Absolutely clear, Eddie. @UsMovie made over $250 million against a $20 million budget. It received no nominations, despite a significant profit. Please explain if this is about "business." #OscarsSoWhite https://t.co/IauhZ5QGzB
— April (@ReignOfApril) January 13, 2020
This right here 🙄 reminds me of when folx robbed @beyonce of that Album of the Year Grammy (for Lemonade)…. (also this includes me, me too am furious that she was not nominated). Fans are furious that Jennifer Lopez missed out on an Oscar nomination. https://t.co/lbVidGJn9U
— Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble (@dralfiee) January 13, 2020