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Tue, Jan 21, 2020 2:08 PM

Joker leads Oscars 2020 pack but ...

Less than a week since Bafta's strikingly white and male awards shortlist met with widespread criticism – including from the organization's own chief executive – the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has released a set of nominations whose small concessions to diversity seem striking by contrast.

Cynthia Erivo is nominated for best actress for her role in a biopic of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, and Parasite – Boon Jong Ho's acclaimed South Korean black comedy – is up for six awards, including best director and best picture.

Little Women, Greta Gerwig's so-far overlooked take on the Louisa May Alcott classic, also scored six nominations, including best picture and best adapted screenplay – but Gerwig was locked out of the all-male best director shortlist.

Have such moves insulated the Academy from the anger which greeted Bafta's equivalent announcement?




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4 weeks ago

I .... dont think I agree with this. At all.

While Cynthia Erivo was nominated, she was the only person of color nominated for an acting award and - while, admittedly, not having seen the film - being nominated for playing a slave doesn't really make the Oscars look very diversified.

Where is Lupita Nyong’o? Where is anyone from The Farewell? Where is Just Mercy's Michael B Jordan or Jamie Foxx? Where is any actor from Parasite? Where is Jennifer Lopez?

For that matter, why stop at (the very deserved) Greta Gerwig? How about Lulu Wang (The Farewell)? Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers)? Olivia Wilde (Booksmart)? Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)?

It feels like a wasted opportunity to reward a year of extreme diversity with a batch of nomintaions that seem to willfully ignore that diversity.

Speaking as someone who enjoys hearing and seeing different voices in film, this batch of nominations is very disappointing.

/rant ;)