Oscar Nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ Leads With 11 Nods; Three Others Get 10

“The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “1917” each received 10 nominations. Black actors and actresses were largely overlooked.

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  1. A little surprised that Tom Hanks is nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" for that Mr Rogers movie. He seemed like the lead actor to me.

  2. Hello RP: Totally agree. It is a cowardly bit of gamesmanship on the part of the studio, knowing he would be in stiff competition against the other lead actor nominees. Hopefully the academy membership will see it for the sham it is, but I would not count on it. Cheers, Jeff Pucillo

  3. While I didn’t see the movie, I recognize the maneuver. This year’s Best Actor rave is so competitive that Hanks was put into the category that gave him a better chance at a nomination

  4. @RP Smith Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers was most definitely the supporting role in this film. The film is not about Mr. Rogers, it is about a magazine writer (played by Matthew Rhys) working on a piece about Mr. Rogers, and how the process affects him. The writer is the main character. For starters, Rhys as writer has much more screen time than Hanks as Rogers. But the real test of who the main character is in a movie is who changes. The writer is a different person at the end of the movie than at the beginning; Mr. Rogers is exactly the same. I agree that Oscar nominations often make dubious choices as to who is a lead and who is supporting, but this is not such a case.

  5. I cannot believe that Jamie Foxx did not get nominated for Best Actor in Just Mercy. He was just fabulous as was the movie and the other actors.

  6. As someone who in the past would rearrange my schedule for Sunday and Monday around watching the telecast, I am just sick of it. Ms Gerwig directed one of the most beautiful and intelligent movies this year. I will not be watching.

  7. @Andrea Damour That is simply your opinion. The people who nominated these directors and films think otherwise If you think your opinion isnt well represented in the oscars then simply dont watch it.

  8. @Andrea Damour I'll be passing on this with you. Cant remember when a movie (Little Women) moved me so. That first scene when Jo walked into the publishers' office- I work in a very male-dominated (and frankly unwelcoming) environment and that scene could have been me, today in 2020. (But I might watch the red carpet beforehand for the dresses...which will be the best part of that night IMHO.)

  9. Many of us won’t be watching it and many of us agree with her.

  10. People don't watch because they don't care about the nominees, in general. They don't like the movies that are made. Tom Hanks, Greta Gerwig, and a few others still make good movies. The rest is dross.

  11. "Once again, the academy excluded women from the directing race. Black actors and actresses were also largely overlooked..." outrage culture necessitates going to the negative immediately, eh? Diversity means all people should be represented in making films, not that they should automatically be nominated or win.....

  12. @Jg Apparently you haven't seen "Little Women." It's one of the best films out this year and the directing is nothing short of brilliant.

  13. @Jg I totally agree with you- the awards should go to the best, regardless of who they are. However, in this case I simply don't understand why marvelous and very complex films about women (The Farewell, Little Women, Bombshell) are shunned in favor of films that consist largely of men shooting each other for three hours. I fail to see the intrigue, nuance, or ostensible sophistication behind some of the favorites in this latter group.

  14. I felt Little Women was totally overrated. The characters are undeveloped, the camera shooting back and forth, both physically and chronologically, is dizzying, does nothing but confuse, and adds to the lack of authentic character development. The film is immensely sanitized—I saw not one dirty fingernail, or speck of dirt, and was basically unmoved by it. This is the IN clique of young white Hollywood women actors right now. Where are the middle aged women and women of color? I’m bored with this genre of perfectly wrought period pieces. I want grit. Maybe the utter perfection of the film is an antidote to these times, and taken from a idealistic story, but I’d rather watch directors and actors grapple with creative reality, either in the past or present.

  15. Absurd. And basically meaningless. No Eddie Murphy. Pryce and Hopkins, who play opposite each other, in different categories. No Greta Gerwig. And on and on. Irrelevant at this point.

  16. Price and Hopkins were excellent.

  17. @John Ramey don't lead and supporting actors always play opposite each other?

  18. Just don't watch the show. Boycott will hit someone where "they"might get the idea that the way this is rigged is no longer rrlevant.

  19. So, for all the talk of 'inclusion' and 'equality', how is it there are still gender specific categories?

  20. @Robert I've been saying that since I was first allowed to stay up and watch the awards show - let's not do the math, but it was LONG LONG time ago...My mom had no answer when I kept asking why it wasn't just "best actor" or "best performance"

  21. Curiosity question .... Why is the live nomination announcement split in two? I assume the presenters are more than capable of speaking for 30 minutes without a break. Maybe it gives broadcast networks time for an ad break? or the (paid?) background applause people need to rest their hands? 'Oscar invitation to Barack and Michelle Obama' ... good point though 'American Factory' fully deserved the nomination. VM

  22. No nominations for female directed “The Farewell” which I felt was one of best films of years and two wonderful performances by Asian American actors for supporting or lead actress overlooked. Yet the mixed reviewed and audience lukewarm Joker is flooded with award nominations. Then there is the highly original ha ha white buddy movie of about all places Hollywood (more self indulgence) with yet another examination of Sharon Tate murder by the most over-rated director in world Quentin big mouth.

  23. @BC yes! I can't stand Tarantino

  24. @BC Sing it!

  25. @BC The top 12 most recommended comments are women complaining about Little Women not being given the respect it is "entitled" to by virtue of...being about women and made by a woman? Nagging much?

  26. Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" and Greta Gerwig's "Little Women" were two of the most beautiful films I've seen in my life. My family and friends left both movies in raptures, in some cases crying happy tears. That the sheer talent of these two directors are overlooked because they told female stories makes me deeply sad. Why do the experiences of non-white, non-male characters get so overlooked? Oh wait, look at the membership of these nominating organizations.

  27. @SR I agree so much. Those films were just wonderful and the fact the directors are not recognized is a shame. "Little Women" has gotten some of the recognition it deserves, but not so "The Farewell." I hope that people soon start to discover the film and the director, Lulu Wang.

  28. Who said they were overlooked because of their femaleness or the femaleness of their stories? Just because a woman doesn't get something doesn't mean they didn't get it because they were a woman. Unless you have some evidence, you are talking about a conspiracy theory.

  29. "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt are my pick for Best Actors.

  30. The Academy can never resist fussy English period pieces. They also have a well known weakness for films about the entertainment business. So I think Best Picture will be a tossup between 1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Unfortunately, I believe they will be too tone deaf to make the impressive feminist work Little Women a serious contender.

  31. A lot of disappointments here. The Farewell should have gotten some nominations. Also, Almodovar and Gerwig both should have been nominated for best director. The industry will drive use crazy with lectures about inclusivity, but I'm willing to bet Best Picture will go to the all-male 1917.

  32. I am very disappointed to see that Adam Sandler and "Uncut Gems" were not nominated. Eric Bogosian's performance merited notice as well. "Little Women" was a visual feast. I am very happy that Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and "Marriage Story" received nominations. I know people who criticized "The Irishman" as one more Scorcese gangster movie. "The Irishman" is one of the most compelling based on real events movie in recent years. The women portrayed in "The Irishman" ring especially true to a time and place in which the times were very much changing. I know too many women of today who judge those women of yesterday. The emotional presence of the Irishman's daughter played by Anna Pacquin is sometimes underestimated. When discussing "The Irishman" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with young people I know, I have had to be careful about including plot spoiling details. There are many people born after 1980 who don't know the reported facts of some, to me, significant 1960's and 1970's events. The fictional nature of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" should give pause to anyone standing in the truth of ancient or even not so ancient texts and commentary about long ago events.

  33. @Debra Merryweather I too thought The Irishman was a terrific film. As to men being hailed as heroes for killing their wives? What else is new?

  34. If there's money to be made there's a good chance its giving up its artistic aspirations.

  35. J. Lo? That movie was unwatchable. I do not understand the “buzz.” My faith in the Oscars is somewhat restored by her not getting a nomination.

  36. @DR I thought the movie was a fun piece of fluff. Any award nominations were ridiculous!

  37. Why, in the age of Me too and supposed recognition of womens issues, does no one mention in their rhapsodic reviews of Once Upon A Time the scene, of course played to comic effect, where it is heavily implied that Brad Pitt’s character violently murdered his wife with a crossbow? I guess the implication was that it was OK b/c she seemed to be nagging him! Yet everyone raves about what a great character wife murdering Cliff is! Tarantino is one of those weak men who glorify violence because he could never win a fight as a kid - he wouldn’t have survived the girls in my Bronx neighborhood growing up, never mind the boys. How about some makes a revised history movie where everyone making a Tarantino movie, including him, gets killed in a bloodbath - that I’d watch!

  38. @Barbara Sheridan I agree with your assessment. For me, the weakness of Tarantino's films is his inability to take violence seriously. He depicts violence graphically but not realistically. As a consequence, his films always seem juvenile, cartoonish. At his age (56), you'd think he'd begin to consider human suffering and to take mortality more seriously. I'm not asking him to become Bergman but just not to continue being Herschell Gordon Lewis.

  39. @Barbara Sheridan - There was absolutely NO indication in "Once Upon A Time" that it was "OK" for Brad Pitt to murder his wife. In fact, the question of whether he did or not is left unresolved. It is one part of a complex character study. The raves are for the portrayal, not for the nasty character himself. (The same could be said for "Joker".) Tarantino's films have sometimes made me cringe, but this is a great one. I don't know that much about his childhood, so I won't attempt to psychoanalyze him as you do.

  40. @Barbara Sheridan Here Here!! (I am one of the Bronx girls btw. And QT' adolescent appearance(s) at the GG spoke loudly and clearly to your point.)

  41. B-o-r-i-n-g. Same old/same old. The only film among the nominees which even remotely interests me is 1917.

  42. @Yvette74 If you're like me, run don't walk to see "A Hidden Life" before it leaves the big screens.

  43. I still don't get what the hubub was about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I felt it was a long slow slog of a movie, and tepid in tone. they could've explored the relationship between Pitt and DeCaprio far more deeper, hardly any real conflict. Boring. I am ecstatic that they recognized Parasite, a film that did go deeply into class conflicts, with stunning and evocative visuals and a great story. The Joker, for me had a good first hour then its descent into violence took me out of the film. It seemed like it wanted to be the new Taxi Driver, but didn't come close.

  44. Once upon a time—great movie. Will win. Real movie stars. The kind you pay $20 to see in a theater and not on your phone,streaming.

  45. @Bocheball I loved Brad Pitt's performance, but the movie was a mess. QT goes on long digressions that make no sense and never really tie together, but in the most superficial way, watching 40 minutes of various B movie plots, is not particularly interesting, yet somehow critics and voters applaud. The truth is, he is a lazy screenwriter, but he is critically and commercially successful so he can do what he wants. ButI suspect few of his movies will last.

  46. @Bocheball I loved Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. It was rather slow, up until the end. Leave it to Tarantino to come up with that! The ending is so worth the slow movie. Great acting by Pitt whom I really don’t care much for.

  47. I had the joy of seeing Little Women last night. Greta Gerwig was robbed. I hated Lady Bird, and I've never really been a fan of Little Women, but Gerwig's version, a study love, family, politics, art, and, above all, time, is a work of genius. It was also hugely entertaining. Now Florence Pugh, who managed to turn Amy into the brainy heart of the film, is going to have face off against the great Laura Dern, probably ensuring that the award goes elsewhere. At least Gerwig got the best adapted screenplay nomination, but a great director has been ignored.

  48. The Academy has become like British Royalty. If you got too much spare time in your life, maybe you obsess over these things. But really, who cares? The most important thing is your personal experience with and love for a film and how that film stands the test of time in your own heart. The rest is just commerce.

  49. Yes, but commerce drives the machine, and the kids are playing on it.

  50. Recognition for the participants.

  51. what is missing from this commentary is that 2019 is one of the greatest years for movies and it certainly stands out for this century. Parasite, Marriage Story, The Farewell, Honeyland, Little Women, Dolamite, 1917 and so forth. Any comments around exclusion of specific movies or gender and ethnicity should be accompanied with that context. Having seen 8 of the 9 nominees for best picture, I can say they also surpass "Green Book". Just stack them up against 1984 - "Terms of Endearment", "Big Chill", "The Dresser", "The Right Stuff" and "Tender Mercies". Context.

  52. The only actor I am hoping will win is Joe Pesci because he is such a brilliant actor. I also think his acceptance speech would be a show stopper.

  53. @Marge Keller, I think that Pesci was the only senior actor in the movie who stretched to make his role credible. The others felt like they were reprising everything else they've done.

  54. @CP I agree. Good point.

  55. As usual, it is a popularity contest. Ridiculous. Dumb. It's all about $$$, folks, not about quality of the work. If it was about the work, then Jamie Foxx vs. Joaquin Phoenix would be the only sane contenders for a best actor category. Supporting actor: Rob Morgan. Please do see "Just Mercy" for both of these performances.

  56. By far the worst omission is Awkafina who starred in The Farewell. Plus my disappointment in not seeing Matthew Rhys get a nod for his role in the Mister Rogers flick was a foregone conclusion. The take away is: if you are old, established, white and already recognized, you got a great shot at an award. Phooey!

  57. No J Lo? Snubbed.

  58. Greta Gerwigs bold move to take a beautiful story and throw it into a blender to the point of incoherence was brave.

  59. I did not see Joker, mainly because this newspaper and the New Yorker panned it. However, now I am intrigued and will go see it if it is still playing at a theater near me.

  60. @Paco Film is now available on home video. Blu ray or streaming.

  61. I finally saw it over weekend and understand why it got all the nominations, a tough but brilliant movie and standout performance by Joaquin!

  62. @Paco It is on Directv right now. I watched it last night and Joaquin Phoenix does a tremendous job portraying Arthur Fleck. He scared the living daylights out of me in his part. Now I know how The Joker came to be in Gotham City.

  63. No women directors nominated? You sound vexed. Is the nomination of women a requirement --?, or for the best?

  64. Not getting nominated is not getting "pushed aside."

  65. I am stunned, absolutely shocked that Lupita Nyong'o was not nominated for "Us". Also, why wasn't Wesley Snipes nominated for "Dolemite Is My Name"?

  66. disap to see no Eddie Murphy for Dolemite. Overall tho this is a far better group of films than the last few yrs imv

  67. I’m so tired of hearing the griping about minority actors and directors...women actors and directors. I cannot believe that anyone actually said “Greta Gerwig is a woman director and therefore not eligible for a nomination for best director.” It defies logic. Not everyone is going to get a nomination, period. Art is subjective. Some of your favorites are not going to be nominated. Grow up. Why don’t we just have a women’s Oscar ceremony, a men’s Oscar ceremony, and a Minority Oscar ceremony, so that everyone has a guarantee to win a prize.

  68. We wouldn’t need three academies if there was equality in representation within the host academy.

  69. @R Stiegel Literally no one said that. Some really enjoyed Little Women and thought the director deserved a nomination, while also taking notice of a continued lack of female directors. That is entirely different than "Give her a nomination because she's a woman!" strawman you're positing. I guess it's not a comment section without lazy and obtuse interpretations.

  70. When you’ve got a male-dominated academy that consistently awards white males, you’re right, Gerwig doesn’t have a chance.

  71. The strangest omission is Jordan Peele's "Us," a wonderful and popular film that has fallen completely out of discussion. This is especially odd given all the praise lavished on "Parasite," a similar but lesser film. Perhaps Peele asks his audience to think too much, a sure disqualifier for the Academy.

  72. @Matt I'll be sure to watch "Us!" Thanks for recommending.

  73. Matt, I really liked Us, but it was no Get Out. Peele packed in too many ideas—it wasn’t nearly as tight—and the plot holes were a little too big to ignore.

  74. who cares? it's an industry machine to push sales, and a TV machine to sell advertising, and a fashion-house machine to make the country look both elitist and vulgar. Those who have the money drive the votes. What could be more American?

  75. I loved Little Women and thought it was a big magnificent movie on all levels. A delight to watch. I hope Greta makes loads of money and laughs all the way to the bank. She deserves it.

  76. justice for Uncut Gems and Greta Gerwig!!

  77. I've read Greta Gerwig was pregnant during the filming/post-production of Little Women. I'd like to see one of those men nominated for Best Director try that. We ARE the stronger sex and someday snubs like this will be long forgotten. And I read today that Little Women is doing fabulously at the box office. This film, your accomplishment and your little boy will live on long after this award show is forgotten, Greta.

  78. I agree. Pregnant directors should always win. And men are inferior, because they cannot have babies. This is turning into a farce.

  79. @Green River If a man was directing a movie while pregnant, I don't think the headline would be whether or not it was nominated for an Oscar.

  80. "But even after four years of the initiative, the organization remains 68 percent male and 84 percent white." Okay, but which specific films are being considered as erroneously excluded?

  81. @A Name The NYT and other news sources have suggested that, as other awards ceremonies recognized the work of certain individuals on these films, some of the roles in creating them would be considered "overlooked" this year by the Academy: The Farewell, Little Women, Dolemite Is My Name, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Hustlers, Queen & Slim, Harriet.

  82. Joker?! Did the Academy voters actually see this movie? It’s a contrived hybrid knock off of Taxi Driver and King of Comedy. Every year there’s at least one undeserving movie that gets loads of nominations based mainly on publicity.

  83. @Gary Wood I love Joaquin Phoenix, but after I read A. O. Scott's review of Joker, I was like, NOPE.

  84. The only thing the predominantly white male Academy understands or cares about is money. The only way to change their behavior is by hitting them in the wallet. I won’t be watching their self-adulating award show, nor paying to see their over-hyped movies. I’ll reward the box office stats of the movies the Academy blows off and, if I watch them at all, check out others for free from my library.

  85. Oscars so white, oscars so boring. I’m sure Jonathan Pryce’s performance was very nice, but Adam Sandler’s was astonishing.

  86. Jonathon Pryce portrayed an restrained Roman Catholic Cardinal while Adam Sandler portrayed a highly energized gambler. That is the problem in awarding "best" nominations for roles that require very different physical manifestations. I saw both Pryce's and Sandler's performances. I like that Pryce was nominated and wish that Adam Sandler had been nominated as well. Having said that, all of our preferences and opinions are just that.

  87. @Sandra Wilde Sandler was adequate, but I kept thinking what a young Dustin Hoffman could have done with that role.

  88. @Sandra Wilde watch two Popes and then say that. I'm disappointed as well Adam(Iworked with him at SNL)Definitely got snubbed.

  89. Here on the Westside of Los Angeles, Academy Awards day means that we brace ourselves for the worst traffic of the year, and considering how intolerable traffic has become on a normal day, that says a lot. Advice to new Angelinos: stock up the pantry and don’t even think about leaving home on February 9th.

  90. Jamie Foxx gave the performance of his career in "Just Mercy" - it is unbelievable that he was not nominated for his role.

  91. @CK Very good indeed, one big caveat, when are we going to see a movie where the black characters are not portrayed as the ever heroic victim? There hasn't been one since Denzel's excellent characters in Training Day and Flight. Flight in particular was excellent.

  92. Two crass and dreadful films to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Sorta reminds me of something that happened in 2016.....

  93. Terrence Malick's "A Hidden Life" was Best Picture, Director this year but it won't win much because no one saw it.

  94. agree with you 100%. What a sad commentary on our celebrity-glutted culture. Not even a nomination for Cinematography! But Hollywood HATES anything spiritually minded. Going to see A Hidden Life again tomorrow and every chance I can get on the big screen.

  95. Agreed, wholeheartedly! The fact that it didn’t even get a Best Cinematography nomination is a travesty,

  96. A few glaring omissions: Neither "1917" nor "Once Upon a Time" were nominated for Best Film Editing. Jennifer Lopez was (mercifully) left out of the Supporting Actress competition. Neither Greta Gerwig nor Noah Baumbach made it into the Best Director race despite their having made two of the year's three best English-language movies (Scorsese directed the other one). The much-praised Russian film, "Beanpole," was overlooked in the International Film category as was the Senegalese "Atlantics." Happily, the sublime "Edge of Democracy" was nominated for Best Documentary.

  97. @stu freeman Clearly Oscar nominations lack credibility. How can you vote for best of anything unless you've seen everything?

  98. Deeply disappointing that the visions of women (Greta Gerwig), and performances reflecting diverse stories (Awkwafina) are not respected. The overwhelming number of nominations for "Joker" reflect the triumph of male-centric comic universe culture. The Academy needs to diversify.

  99. Yes, if Joker was played by a strong black woman only then would it merit a nomination.

  100. @Jasmine Armstrong the fact that the two examples you mentioned are heavily in the conversation in of itself shows the change that is happening. Things like this don't happen overnight, but certainly looks like it's well underway.

  101. @Jasmine Armstrong Overwhelming support for The Joker -- a superhero movie. Really! Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is simplistic. I'll stick up for 1917. On the brink of WWIII maybe we ought to reflect on WWI. But Little Women deserved a nod.

  102. Anthony Hopkins and Brat Pitt for Best Supporting Actor? Though the former (as Pope Benedict) didn't get the same biographical depth as Jonathan Pryce's future Pope Francis, Hopkins was fully Pryce's equal in their scenes together; indeed, Hopkins was so slyly intriguing that my thoughts about Benedict have lingered longer than of Francis. Pitt's not-so-easy-going stuntman in the Tarantino film was less showy than Di Caprio's insecure B-movie actor. But like Hopkins, his was the more intriguing presence. And for the Academy to ignore De Niro in "The Irishman" invalidates the whole Best Actor slate. Deeply nuanced and focused, this may be the most complete performance of his great career, outstripping even his Travis Bickle and Jake LaMotta.

  103. @Charles Michener DeNiro was indeed extraordinary in The Irishman. That he failed to be nominated as Best Actor is more proof, if any was needed, that the Academy voters often don't know what they're doing.

  104. @Mark Holmes I agree. DeNiro in The Irishman was basically a quieter, more maudlin version of every gangster DeNiro has already played. everything about The Irishman felt like deja vu to me.

  105. @Charles Michener Some actors and actresses ask to have their role considered for best supporting actor because the competition will be less in that category. I’m not saying Pitt asked, but it happens.

  106. The lack of recognition for Just Mercy Further reinforces that the Oscars are nothing but a Marketting showcase for movie industry big money. This was the best adaptation of a book into a crew play I have ever seen.

  107. I don't think Just Mercy was released in time to be considered.

  108. I'm ok with a nomination going to The Irishman, which I enjoyed, but while watching it I had a niggling feeling that the actors I was looking at were about 30 years too old for their parts. 76 year-old DiNiro with a young wife and two small kids? Not credible, even with hair dye.

  109. @MIKEinNYC, personally, I think The Irishman was a way for some of our best senior actors to reprise their greatest hits. But no new ground was broken and the film was overly long and uninvolving. On balance, I'd rather have those 3+ hours of my life back.

  110. Methinks you need to read up a little bit on how the film was made and the fact that the timeline covered decades.

  111. @Jack I get it, there's a time line. Me thinks I'd rather see a young guy with believable old guy makeup like in "This is Us", than the reverse, which really doesn't work. But, then again, it's acting and I'll fall for it.

  112. If they are worried about ratings, they could make it more relatable to more people by, you know, nominating more women and people of color (and not just foreign people of color). Even better, start by giving more jobs in film to women and people of color so there are more nomination possibilities. I’ll start watching again when there’s a noticeable change.

  113. So American people of color are of MORE color than “foreign” people of color?

  114. So Little Women gets noms for best actress, best supp. actress, screenplay, and Best Picture . . . and not director. I'm feeling sick to my stomach. And I don't understand why it's categorized as "progress" that a South Korean was nominated. It's great, it's worthwhile, but progress is when that nom is part of a trend, not simply a singular disruption.

  115. @in love with the process. That is also the case for two male directors, Noah Baumbach (Ms. Gerwig's partner) for Marriage Story and Taika Waitti for Jojo Rabbit who both got nominated for best screenplay, best picture and had acting noms for their films yet didn't get best director nominations. Does that also make you sick to your stomach?

  116. You mean how last year Rami Malek (Egyptian Copt) won Best Actor, Mahershala Ali (black) won Best Supporting Actor, Regina King (black) won Best Supporting Actress, Spike Lee (black) won Best Adapted Screenplay, Peter Ramsey (black) won Best Animated Film, Jimmy Chin (Asian American) Elizabeth Chai Vasarheyli (half Asian American) won Best Documentary, Hannah Beachler (black) won best Production Design, Ruth Carter (black) won Bedt Costume Design, and Alfonso Cuarón (Mexican) won Best Director and Best Cinematography? Or the year before, when Guillermo del Toro (Mexican), Jordan Peele (black/white), Kobe Bryant (black), Paul Austerberberry (white/Filipino), and Kazu Hiro (Asian American) took home awards? Or how Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Barry Jenkins, Ezra Edelman, and the Moonlight team won the year before that?

  117. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse gave powerhouse performances.Dafoe`s monologue is chilling...sad he`s not been nominated, the man is class act.The movie itself is gorgeous, one of the best i`ve seen this year.Sad it didn`t received a nomination.Robert Eggers is one of the most promising directors working today and his love for the craft shows deeply in his films.He only made 2 movies (The Witch and The Lighthouse) both masterpieces in my opinion.Can`t wait for his next projects !If you`ve not seen The Lighthouse or The Witch, you should, beautiful film making in every aspect of it :).

  118. @T_Alfred I’ve loved Dafoe’s acting since I saw him in The English Patient.

  119. @T_Alfred Read the full ballot and it s got nominated for cinematography,yeeeey.The cinematography is beautiful, hope it wins :D

  120. T_Alfred, Agreed about Eggers. I’ve yet to see The Lighthouse but The Witch is extraordinary. I think the Academy dismisses “horror” as “genre films.” They overlooked Hereditary, another exceptional film, in which Toni Collette gave what might have been the best performance of her career. That dinner scene is unforgettable.

  121. The fact is that the Irishman was at best so-so. The subject has been done to death. Same old guys reprising the same old mafia story. The Joker, on the other hand, is an entirely new genre; a fictional, realistic, gripping, biopic of a pulp fiction character! What could be more innovating than that? Besides, Pheonix's portrayal was extraordinary! Best movie and acting in a while! Refreshing indeed.

  122. @Ed At the time of Hoffa's murder, 1975, Hoffa was 62, Russell Bufalino was 72, and Frank Sheeran was 55. So with a litfle hair color and makeup for DeNiro, it wasn't that much of a stretch (anyway, no one in the audience ever heard of Sheeran before).

  123. @Ed To be clear: you're saying that a movie from existing-IP, which openly and fragrantly apes the style of 70s Scorcese movies, is "entirely new", while a sober, somber, exciting and technically innovative movie like the Irishman has been "done to death"? Maybe it's because I found Todd Phillip's movie cynical and totally histrionic, but I just can't get behind your take.

  124. We do certainly live in a world of personality cults, don’t we? Tarantino and Scorsese apparently can do no wrong—even when they make really mediocre films. It’s like we’re just so desperate to believe in *anything* that gives us comfort or normality. But the cracks in the façade are starting to become the façade.

  125. Hi Sparky, I understand—I’m an Emmy winner myself, so I have some experience with this world. My point is a larger one about the rise of tribalism in our world currently—it affects entertainment as well as politics. We look past the obvious flaws in things and people and ideologies because deep down we’re increasingly afraid and desperate. Tarantino’s latest as best picture bears a lot of the same hallmarks as evangelicals’ support if Trump—radically different consequences, but ultimately the same root cause.

  126. @Mark Holmes I am an awards voter and there is certainly a bias towards "icons." In part, people will be sure to see their films when some other films (perhaps better) by lesser names will get lost in the shuffle. When you get 50 or 60 screeners in the mail (admittedly a nice problem to have) and have 6 or 8 weeks to watch them all, in addition to everything else you have going on (and remember it's also holiday time) you often have no choice but to skip some. In addition, there's the halo effect. Since they're such acclaimed directors, it elevates our opinion of their work even if it's, in fact, mediocre which is the case this year.

  127. @Mark Holmes So then you know what a game this all is. I do agree with you that "tribalism" or Identity politics affects every aspect of our culture and certainly our entertainment industry. Frankly, I can't imagine a world where we get past it, but hopefully I'm wrong.

  128. To those disappointed all we have to do is look at the litany of classic movie icons (actors, writers, directors, etc) who never received either a nomination or an Academy Award. It is a list as extensive as it is impressive. There isn't now, nor has there ever been, logic or fairness to the Academy's decisions.

  129. Who cares? Maybe because of my age I watch movies I'm interested in not who the "moldy figs" of the so called academy classify as worthy. Same with novels and jazz. Oscar is a side show; always was, always will be. Except that it enables minorities too get opportunities. The old Hollywood has and is holding back women and people of color since before the cow jumped over the moon. This year is more of the same. Feh on the academy. I'm not watching, again.

  130. @Tuxedo Cat The first "talking" movie, "The Jazz Singer" played in 1927, the year of the first Academy Awards. Moviemaking is a business designed to make money. If the Academy has held back women and people of color, the Academy has done so within the context of the world holding back women and people of color.

  131. I saw Little Women over the weekend and I adored the film. That said, I've seen all of the other Best Director nominated films and I would not substitute Little Women (Greta Gerwig) for any of them. I think that Ms. Gerwig more than deserves a nomination for her screenplay (in my opinion, it was the adaptation more than any direction or acting that made the movie so fresh). But, I can't jump on the women were left out train for this one. I haven't seen some of the other films noted (like The Farewell), so I can't comment on those. I've certainly thought women were left for other films, but not for Little Women.

  132. @Mary While it was good, Tarantino’s film dragged in several places. I could easily substitute Greta for Quentin.

  133. For all the comments about the awards being "so white" let's try to be respectful ok. None of us chose the color of our skin but do have the choice of the content of our character. I think I speak for most that these awards are just entertainment, not a serious issue, there's no lives being saved here. Let's focus on real issues like the world coming apart at the seams ie Australia burning in real time.

  134. This observation is an excellent example of what people of color mean by white privilege and what women call male privilege, the privilege of ignoring ones color or gender as a part of their humanity and identity. It is an example of taking offence when anyone brings up whiteness or gender and their privileges by appealing to a supposed colorblind or genderblind Individuality, an appeal that white people and men often make. They aren’t accustomed to being lumped together in one homogenous group, so they oppose anyone who does so. The writer of this comment assumes that the white male film makers are simply more talented than the women or people of color who made excellent films but were not nominated. As M. Harriet writes, white people "easily talk about Latin music or the “Black vote.” "They don’t see themselves as living in “white neighborhoods” or attending “white colleges.” The privilege of individuality subconsciously colors the way they interact with the world—even when they don’t realize it." When they tout an insistence on focusing only on individual character or individual talent, are they saying that the women and people of color who, as groups, were not nominated, have inferior character or talent?

  135. "Would ,'most people' agree with you or just most white people? This observation is an excellent example of what people of color mean by white privilege and what women call male privilege, the privilege of ignoring ones color or gender as a part of their humanity and identity. It is an example of taking offence when anyone brings up whiteness or gender and their privileges by appealing to a supposed colorblind or genderblind Individuality, an appeal that white people and men often make. They aren’t accustomed to being lumped together in one homogenous group, so they oppose anyone who does so. The writer of this comment assumes that the white male film makers are simply more talented than the women or people of color who made excellent films but were not nominated. As M. Harriet writes, white people "easily talk about Latin music or the “Black vote.” "They don’t see themselves as living in “white neighborhoods” or attending “white colleges.” The privilege of individuality subconsciously colors the way they interact with the world—even when they don’t realize it." When they tout an insistence on focusing only on individual character or individual talent, are they saying that the women and people of color who, as groups, were not nominated, have inferior character or talent?

  136. @Bev "Ignoring color or gender as part of their humanity and identity" is exactly what we must be doing. Because it's the truth: everything that makes us human is shared across identities. And because emphasizing commonality puts us on a much better path than emphasizing our differences does. As far as lumping things together. I will easily talk about Latin music as the modifier reflects history and culture and is applied to "music" which is a thing, not a person. While the term "black vote" bothers me to no end, first because it applies to people and second because it assumes that people of a certain race can't chose to vote based on something other than their race.

  137. Can we just quit feeling offended because 'no/few women were nominated'? Women are getting more and more opportunities to direct and nominations will happen as a result but as far as this particular category goes (best director) it's a gender-free competition. It boils down to opportunity and not whether we absolutely must have good gender diversity.

  138. @ivy, I will try to see good movies and avoid bad ones. The director's gender matters less to me than the quality of what I'm watching; I just hope their accomplishments are appropriately recognized.

  139. @ivy This paper simply cannot get passed identity. The claim in this piece that women were "pushed aside" in the nominations for Best Director is outrageous. Who was pushed aside? I understand that there were some good movies directed by women. While this is changing, most movies are directed by men. And look at the list of the Directors who are nominated? These are all good movies that were well directed. Which of them should be "pushed aside" so that the NY Times could report that, 'only one woman was nominated for Best Director?'

  140. They need a permanent category for best beat to death or derivative material, where it seems at least a third to a half of what gets released would qualify for.

  141. @Kevin Because there are so few new ideas in Hollywood.

  142. i can't understand the omission of several nominations for "Uncut Gems" and "Where did you go Bernadette?" for best actress.

  143. @gary "Bernadette" was a very high profile project that completely tanked critically and especially commercially. Many times when a movie has the "stink of failure" on it, it's difficult to get an actor or actress a nomination even if the performance is deserving.

  144. @Sparky The book was dreadful too.

  145. I am disappointed at the lack of diversity in films, not just nominees--but those of us complaining about the nominees should, in fairness, specify who should have included--and who should have been dropped to make room for them. I would swap Gerwig for Tarantino.

  146. @DSM14 yes, gerwig for tarantino, for sure.

  147. Sadly, award show nominations are now judged primarily on how "inclusive" they are, rather than the merit of actual films, direction or performances. If Ms. Gerwig didn't get nominated for the umpteenth adaptation of Little Women, the reason is not that it simply wasn't one of the 5 best directed films or that the cutting between time periods without reference confused many viewers and critics alike, it is straight up misogyny. No, Eddie Murphy didn't get a best actor nom for his fine performance, but Robert DeNiro, Christian Bale and Adam Sandler didn't for theirs either. What to make of that? I thought Jojo Rabbit was the best film of the year (the director was also "snubbed") and found The Joker unwatchable, but I acknowledge these things are highly subjective. I don't believe my taste and judgement is the default right answer. Of course, the real solution is to diversify the Academy, but it will take time to do so. It is a great honor to be a member, and it must be predicated on some real artistic achievement, not primarily gender, race or ethnicity. In the meantime, they are just movie nominations, pretty meaningless in the scheme of things. Perhaps we should focus on the existential threat of climate change or the existential threat of the mad man in the White House while the Oscar nominations sort themselves out.

  148. @Sparky it wasn't misogyny that lost the oscar nod for gerwig. it was boredom.

  149. @Sparky "It is a great honor to be a member, and it must be predicated on some real artistic achievement . ." What you're saying, or using as defense for academy, is that there haven't been more diverse "artistic achievements" in any categories worthy of inclusion. Doubtful. Ridiculous. Other words come to mind.

  150. @in love with the process Your interpretation of the comment is what is ridiculous. And highly revealing.

  151. Oscars are like popularity contests in high school. I go to Film Critics Assn's and individual critic's picks to find the best films and performances. For example, Michael Haneke's "Amour" did win for best foreign film in 2012, deservedly. Its star, Emmanuelle Riva, was nominated for best actress but lost to Jennifer Lawrence, which was ridiculous! Ms. Riva's performance was extraordinary! Alas, she'll never win an Oscar because she died in 2017. I will never forget her and her performance. Jennifer Lawrence, that year's Homecoming Queen....meh.

  152. Lawrence is one of several ingenues who owes her Oscar in no small part to the relentless campaigns of Harvey Weinstein.

  153. Immediate thoughts: 1. White men still rule. 2. No sound editing for The Lighthouse? Sound was like a character in this movie. 3. Makeup for The Joker? Hand me the Oscar, because I could have done that. The whole point of makeup in this movie was that it was applied by the character and it looked like it was. 4. Screenplay for 1917? Somewhat simple. I 'm always somewhat befuddled by award shows, but then so am I about how a single person could vote for Trump.

  154. I am so incredibly disappointed that Harriet and Just Mercy had no nominations....both films especially Just mercy were so well written and acted...I don't understand how this works... Just Mercy was flawless as far as i'm concerned ......Sad

  155. @cam Conley @cam Conley Cynthia Erivo was nominated for Harriet. The movie itself was more of a cable biopic, but she was fantastic.

  156. "Gerwig was overlooked" and women were "pushed aside" for directing nominations. Here we go again. In our PC, everyone-is-great age, I seriously doubt that Gerwig wasn't considered seriously for a nomination. You think, just maybe, she didn't deserve one, on account of Little Women's near-painful mediocrity?

  157. @Lewis Ford You think, just maybe, Scorcese and Tarantino got nominations because they're not huge names with huge marketing budgets? Was Irishman ground-breaking or was it a boring redux of Goodfellas? There's a lot of mediocrity to go around. No need to limit it to females.

  158. @Lewis Ford boy, you can say "mediocrity" again and again. what a borefest. i fell asleep.

  159. @M. Paire Agreed about that. Irishman just another Scorsese gangland retread, while Tarantino movie is just his latest fatuous pop assaults on history.

  160. Maybe there should be a separate, very serious, Woke™ Oscars ceremony, where everyone gets a statue.

  161. Ugh, premature submit. *award for best performance by etc.

  162. @CL Or a "Charity" Oscars where mediocre films made by industry veterans get a statue.

  163. WHY does anyone care who the members of the AMPAS nominate or give awards to? Seriously! This is something of grave importance to humanity? The amount of teeth gnashing, hand wringing and indignation over this is insane! Every year! This, people, is one big non-issue. Award shows are cheap, a dime-a-dozen and completely and utterly MEANINGLESS. Don’t like this one, watch another. Not satisfied with any, make your own and post it on YouTube. I mean, really. Whose life is threatened by this? Who’s dying on the table? The planet is on serious life support, and this is important? Who cares????

  164. @Kevin You're right, Kevin. While we're at it, let's not have a Sports Page, Fashion Page, or restaurant reviews. Let's just have news, wall-to-wall--climate change, impeachment, international unrest...until we all jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.

  165. @Mark Reichard You miss the point, entirely.

  166. ‘Gerwig was overlooked, though her script for “Little Women” was nominated and the film was given a nod for best picture.’ Only in a deliberate and, yes, cynical attempt to gin up phony, crusade-like outrage is being nominated for best screenplay and best picture the equivalent of being “overlooked,“ simply because one didn’t get a best director nomination. It’s necessary – assuming the author of an article like this wants to maintain even a shred of credibility – to ask the question of whether the people she claims were “snubbed” because of an alleged Academy prejudice linked to their skin color or gender were possibly not as deserving of the nominations for reasons related to the even more superlative performances given by those who were nominated, but who don’t fit the currently favored categories of “overlooked“ individuals in need of some vaguely implied form of social justice a little gold statue might possibly bestow. The essential takeaway from this article is that there should be a quota of nominations for people who aren’t white men, or in the case of categories for women, who aren’t white women. And we’re supposed to take this sort of commentary, and the author, seriously?

  167. @JA I've always been mystified how a film could be nominated for Best Picture but not Best Director also, as if the film made itself.

  168. I'm really, really surprised that Taron Egerton didn't get nominated!

  169. @db carter Just watched ROCKETMAN for the 5th time. Egerton's performance is great and he sings the songs! Not to mention Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin. The look on his face when Elton composes YOUR SONG is wonderful.

  170. There is a head scratcher and a snub in every major category. Nothing at all for Dolemite or the Farewell or Just Mercy but what seems like obligatory voting for the “meaningful” black filmnof the year “Harriet”. Yes it does matter tthe Academy is still overwhelmingly male and white.

  171. It’s Hollywood,you can’t please everyone or anyone,on with the show.

  172. Just more examples of misogyny dominating every aspect of our lives. Won’t be watching the boys’ club debacle, once again.

  173. @Sue Salvesen Awards are opinions, not entitlements--perceived "oversights"in this whiny era represent racism, misogny or whatever the allegation of the month is?! Plenty of worthy artists go without award recognition, great performances overlooked.

  174. Why spend two paragraphs describing the roles and context for the Best Actor nominees and include an unnecessary aside about those who were not nominated then leave out any such editorializing for the female nominees?

  175. #OscarsDontMatter While the nominations for"Parasite" are encouraging, all I see are the usual fuss to support the same old, same old. Meanwhile so many good people robbed of nominations.

  176. The most perplexing and frustrating thing about Greta Gerwig being snubbed for "Little Women" is that it was specifically her ingenious direction -- the almost Proustian way she played with the story's time and chronology -- that lifted Little Women far beyond the expected, polite literary remake. The movie itself was brilliant, far better than the solid-yet-overrated 1917, and miles better than Once Upon a Time or Joker. But Parasite is still the deserving Best Picture, and it's not even that close.

  177. It is a rareity for me to dislike a movie so much that I walk out on it. It's only happened mybe five times in my lifetime. Joker was one of them and now it's an Oscar nominee. Why was such a boring, tedious and meaningless offshoot of comic book series even on the nomination list? Sure, it was a good performance about insanity of a fictional evil character, but also utterly forgettable.

  178. I thought the Joker was incredible and a movie for our times. I suspect people don’t like it because it is so unpleasant to watch, but true. It is one of the most thought-provoking films I have ever seen. Who is mentally ill, Arthur or our society? When he wins I hope and suspect Mr. Phoenix will use his power and platform to bring attention to the most exploited and kicked-in-the-face on our planet. After watching it, you can self-medicate by watching the magical, soul-nourishing Little Women. You go, Amy March.

  179. The best director awards went to all men this year but in defense they are like some of the best directors of all time. It’s a tough year to be a director when you have to compete against Scorsese, Tarantino, Todd Phillips and the director of Parasite. It’s like playing in the NBA vs making the Dream team. This year is an anomaly. At least three of this years films will be considered classics by American masters. By all non bias film critique “Hustlers” does not hold up to “the Joker” or “the Irishman” or “Once upon a time in Hollywood”. Sexism has nothing to do with it.

  180. @Mat Great directors, but I'm not so sure they did their best work this year, except for Parasite.

  181. If Joe Pesci had not been nominated, I highly doubt I would be tuning in this year.

  182. The fact that the Joker leads the way is a telling sign of what is happening in the U.S. Really - this is the best that can be offered? Sad. Not funny at all.

  183. @Barbara Totally agree. In today’s climate I have no desire to watch this film but acknowledge that anger and alienation are important themes that need to be explored. That said, I don’t know what’s in The Joker that hasn’t been done in Taxi Driver or other films. And while I have not seen the Joker, I have been impressed with the extended trailer set to the Gary Glitter song. It has powerful editing that showcases the great performances and set design in the film. It’s the best marketing peice since the teaser trailer for Fincher’s Girl With A Dragon Tatoo set to LED Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.

  184. @Barbara Right. Another movie about an angry 50-year-old white guy. Seems to mirror our political atmosphere.

  185. @Sam Love Karen O's version. Still wowed.

  186. It's too bad that plodding, meandering tripe "The Irishman" got so many nominations. Boring, pointless, and far too lengthy, I have to assume that it just got nominated because of the past careers of its director and stars. For everyone involved, it was just about the worst movie they ever made, with the possible exception of De Niro's "Dirty Grandpa". "Parasite", "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", and most of the rest of the films mentioned were really great entertainment, and some had important moral messages. I'm hoping "The Irishman" doesn't win anything, because it doesn't deserve it, but when it probably does, it will just confirm that the Oscars no longer mean anything, they're just influenced by money and the good-old-boy network.

  187. @Dan Stackhouse So sorry that you found 'The Irishman' "boring, pointless, and far too lengthy." I loved the movie. I loved the book. And the movie followed the book extremely closely. The problem with any of these awards shows is that they are ALL subjective. The folks I really want to win, regardless if it's the Oscars, Emmys or everything in between, usually don't win. But as usual, I always love readying your comments Mr. Stackhouse and seeing what's on your mind.

  188. @Dan Stackhouse Sorry but what's the important moral message of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"? Don't join cult? Invade people's homes 'cos they be packin'? The only message I got was Tarantino is washed up and out of ideas so he makes a movie about himself by piggybacking on the murder of a famous actress.

  189. Thanks Marge! And sure, the cinematography of Irishman was fine, but really I didn't think it needed to be 3.5 hours long. I totally agree that the Academy is very subjective in their decisions too. And dear M. Paire, I didn't mean to imply that Once Upon a Time had a major moral message. It was a nice might-have-been story, and also had a lot to say about aging stars in Hollywood. But the major moral messages were more in films like Parasite, Little Women, and even Joker.

  190. Now that there are 10 Best Picture nominees every year, isn't it problematic to have only 5 Best Director nominees? There is no Best Picture without a Best Director behind it -- a fact which has long been recognized from the near-perfect paralleling of winners in those 2 categories at the Oscars and Director's Guild Awards. To paraphrase a Billy Crystal line the year Barbra Streisand was snubbed for directing the BP nominee Yentl: Did "Little Women" direct itself?

  191. @Nelle Engoron I hear you, but at what point does an oscar nomination for best director become meaningless when 10 directors can be nominated. Personally, I wish they would go back to just 5 Best Picture nominations. It was a cynical, commercial ploy to change the rules to allow 10 BP noms years ago that didn't stop the ratings from declining as they hoped.

  192. Only journalists thought Little Women should have gotten Gerwig a best director nomination. I’m a DGA woman director and thought Gerwig’s structure for the film was a mess. She begins toward the end of the story, which I thought was interesting, and then puts on the screen, “seven years earlier”, and instead of starting 7 years earlier and bring us up to the first scene, she goes back and forth between past and present scenes. If you didn’t already know the story you wouldn’t know what was happening. A young actor who didn’t know the story told me he never knew the different sisters and couldn’t follow the story, which was my suspicion.

  193. @MEB You're telling me that you, a director, and your actor friend have never encountered non-linear storytelling before? Oh, and the four different sisters are played by four different actresses. That is how you tell them apart.

  194. @MEB Thank you, MEB. Ultimately Gerwig does a disservice to Alcott by not respecting her novel, instead "modernizing" it with gimmicks, confusing plot tricks, and some of the worst acting of the year, especially Darn.

  195. @MEB Thank you, I love Greta but 15 minutes into this film and it had me feeling a bit dumb. How was it I couldn't follow along. It was all over the place as you say and likely why it's not being nominated and NOT bc it's a woman director.

  196. Lulu Wang and Awkwafina deserved nominations for The Farewell. It was an example of fine storytelling and acting without resorting to over the top violence or special effects. The Farewell reminded me of The King’s Speech, a fantastic story and superb acting in both.

  197. What does Sandler have to do for recognition?? Murphy has a nomination at least. Also, Phoenix at least had references available in order to put forward a different representation.

  198. Here are my two cents: Ms. Erivo’a nomination for the best actress is galling for two reasons. One, the script was littered with dangerously ahistorical additions including a black bounty hunter/slave catcher. Secondly, Ms. Erivo’a unwillingness to unequivocally and explicitly apologize for disparaging banter about Black American culture in herTwitter feeds was a slap in the face to the very community Ms. Tubman risked her life for over and over again.

  199. I must be getting old (ok boomer?) or the Academy’s standards have really fallen off when a warmed over remake of “The King of Comedy” leads in Oscar nominations. I’ll give it kudos for Jaoquin Phoenix’s performance. But that script was practically a rehash by the numbers of Scorsese’s and Paul Zimmerman’s much better 1982 film. And then Greta gets left out for director? What gives?

  200. 11 nominations for The Joker, really? I found the movie quite boring frankly. Excellent photography and art direction for sure but boring movies without real depth shouldn't get that far at the Oscars in my humble opinion.

  201. Im pleased that Joker and Phoenix have received nominations for one of the best films ever made imho.

  202. I can't believe that The Last Black Man in San Francisco didn't receive any nominations. The screenplay, cinematography, acting, and score were outstanding. Terrible snub for a fine film.

  203. What color aka race, ethnicity, national origin and gender were ' The Irishman' and ' Joker'?

  204. How ‘bout just a straight up list of nominees - NOT what your misleading link provided!

  205. The Irishman up for "Best Film Editing"? I guess I have always misunderstood the meaning of the word "editing."

  206. Men, men, men, men, men, men, men. Maybe it’s time for two different academies. The one for white men and the one for the rest of us. Ugh.

  207. 1917 was like watching a video game. Joker was a gross phony bummer. Once Upon was a fun hoot. Parasite was a masterpiece. The rest were forgettable.

  208. Without the Farwell and little women why bother to watch?

  209. HARK!!! Where is Willem Dafoe for his work in The Lighthouse?!?!

  210. Between all these "Action Hero" movies and repetition in general, I had to quit watching movies years ago. I am shocked that people still care about these incredibly boring award shows. I mean, why should I care? Would anyone be excited in other industries held award shows? How about best CPA, or best Plumbing performance? Actually, that would hold my interest more than a bunch of vapid celebrities slapping each other on the back.

  211. What is it with self-pleasuring stories about ("love letters to") Hollywood? Once Upon... was one of the most pretentious self-indulgent drivel I've ever seen. Because famous people are the ones who matter. Not the researchers or civil servants who steered us away from wars and epidemics, no. People who can cry on cue, hit their mark, let's watch stories about them for once!

  212. @M. Paire Agreed. I also find it frustrating that an actor who plays a scientist or inventor etc. is then treated as a specialist in the discipline of the person they played. For example, an actor plays an ecologist and then we see that actor narrating a PBS special on loss of species diversity. Have we all gone crazy? News flash—Tom Hanks is not an astronaut, Matt Damon is not a botanist, and Brad Pitt did not fight in WWII. “I’m not a doctor but i play on every on TV” used to be a joke.

  213. @Llola Steve McQueen (Le Mans, 1971) was a genuinely competent racing car driver, FWIW. They don't make actors like that any more.

  214. @Llola. True story. A friend is a leading cardiologist in Toronto. He was at a screening when a woman passed out and collapsed on the floor. He rushed over to help her and was pushed out of the way by Matthew McConaughey who said I got this because he had recently played a doctor in a movie.

  215. Showering Joker and Jojo Rabbit with Oscar nominations is the ultimate rebuke to the woke chattering classes, although it’s a shame the Academy passed on Taka Waititi. It took a Maori Jew from New Zealand to show Americans how we should have responded to (faux Polynesian!) tiki-torch–wielding Nazi LARPers: relentless mockery.

  216. NOTHING for “Just Mercy”? Enough said.

  217. The Irishman is a terrible vanity project of old friends. The acting is horrible. It is like watching CGI caricatures of old parts they all played. I turned it off after 45 minutes.

  218. @Karin Thank you! Truly the worst movie that I saw all year. I could barely stay awake in the theater, and the dude next to me was snoring the whole time. I don't understand all the love for this one...

  219. I don’t really care one way or the other about the Oscars; I’m just irritated that I have to spend the next six weeks listening to the ultra-woke run around screaming about diversity and inclusion, breathlessly churning out think pieces, demanding “change” — i.e., making sure those pesky racists in Hollywood nominate the “right” actors and movies from now on.

  220. For the love of God, enough with the bean counting of race and gender in these awards nominations. "The oscars continued to push women to the margins.. BUT HEY! They made progress by nominating a South Korean film!" Can you not see how painfully reductive and ignorant you sound? There have been years where black actors, had incredible success. Is the argument that the Oscars are racist because Eddie Murphy wasn't nominated for best actor, and because Jennifer Lopez wasn't nominated for best actress? Really? Gerwig could have gotten a nod for Little Women, that's one possible snub in my opinion, one. Gerwig, btw, was nominated for her last film, which was also her directoral debut. You can't determine how "woke" an awards show is by the number of female or minority nominees in a given year, it is abject nonsense to try. This is the type of worthless, hollow, virtue siganling that will get Trump re-elected. You deversify the film industry by diversifying roles and opportunity, that all happens outside of the awards shows. Yet these awards shows take the brunt of criticism when it's the film industry itself that determines who gets what opportunities. They skate along untouched while a silly awards show gets yelled at by twitter.

  221. People are equating Oscar awards or nominations to minorities or women as progress. They are mistaken. We don’t have to analyze every last sector of society for proportional representation. Every day I feel like another NYT reporter is discussing this regarding movies, corporate America, science, NASA, football, movies, this or that college, Congress, physicians, winners of some obscure book prize, the presidency, and on and on. Of those categories, I’d rank the oscars as dead last, right behind congress and the president. Why push our daughters to become objects of scorn or useless non contributors just for the sake of equality in numbers, or our sons to become head coaches of NFL teams? NYT does this in the same breath that it publishes article after article about traumatic brain injuries. Of course, the above wouldn’t apply to science or contributory parts of society. NYT, let’s cool it with these articles every day.

  222. This article is more about who was snubbed than who was nominated, do better!

  223. Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurosawa, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Federico Fellini, Howard Hawks, Greta Gerwig. How’s that for inclusion?

  224. pretty much all big studio films, with one picture nod going to director and movie "Parasite", to keep the foreigners at bay. i was expecting more from the academy, but sadly they let me and millions of others down. i hope "marriage story" wins everything, especially Laura Dern, a clean sweep of the top 5 categories (last done in 1997 for "As Good As It Gets".) this just flies in the face of diversity. shame.

  225. Sorry - I find Joker to be psychotic dystopian garbage. Awards? For what? We are taking our cartoons much too seriously.

  226. Seriously? Gerwig deserved an Oscar nomination for taking a terrific and heartwarming story that has been a favorite of five generations and turning it into an incomprehensible mish-mosh? Everyone should watch the 1994 version directed by Gillian Armstrong and starring Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunce, Trini Alvarado and Christian Bale, if you want to see how this Walcott classic ought to be portrayed on the screen.

  227. I agree that the directing on Little Women was flawed. I found the jumps in time very distracting from what were clearly wonderful acting performances. On the other hand, getting great performances from actors is one of a director’s prime jobs.

  228. @John Burke It was difficult to follow, to be sure.

  229. I do not watch the award shows anymore. The nominations and votes are the result of PR campaigns directed at insider networks consisting of people — judging by the way the votes go mostly white men— who survive not by creativity but business ties to one another. That Greta Gerwig did not get a nomination for best director says it all.

  230. Go Joaquin Phoenix!

  231. So the first thing that you can say about the collection of nominated works is that they are “very white and very male films? What? And then not even offer an explanation as to what this means, from a film-critical perspective? Not even to mention the quality or lack thereof of the filmmaking- -the cinematography, script, the score, the characters and themes, or anything having to do with the artwork itself? I think you’ve lost your minds. 

  232. @Omar Alan While I see your point, I think the writer has a valid argument in that the nominations are not in line with the previous awards given, ones that were more all inclusive.

  233. @Jonahh maybe - just maybe - from a film-critical perspective, the best work was done by these men? The authors (it took two to write the article) or this piece only mention gender and race, they don’t dissect the work of the films!!

  234. I’ve seen all the movies and all of the acting nominees except Banderas. I’ve also spent an embarrassing amount of time in movie theaters. Sandler deserves to be there, Pryce not so much; his performance is safe and familiar. Gerwig should be there - NOT because she’s a woman, but because she totally reimagined a familiar story. It’s right to exclude JLo, but what about her costar? Irishman was 45 minutes too long and Scorsese’s infatuation with gangsters is getting tiresome. The Joker boasts a stunning performance, but it was not an exceptional film. Laura Dern never disappoints, but Margot Robbie’s “turn” is the most powerful scene of 2019. Oh, here’s a tip: tape the show, and start watching the tape an hour into the show - you can skip the commercials, lingering walks and meandering speeches, and catch up before it’s over. Cheers.

  235. @cate Some people were quite upset at the way Gerwig "totally reimagined a familiar story". I do not know whether that is what cost her a nomination for Director. Although, the screenplay was nominated.

  236. @cate Gerwig was nominated through Little Women MULTIPLE times. to miss out on 1 nomination when, screenplay, film, actors and costumes, even music ARE nominated, is not understanding how the oscars work.

  237. @cate As much as I appreciate Scorsese, The Irishman was two hours too long...

  238. Still trying to understand how Tom Hanks, clearly THE star of his film, the reason most ventured to see 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,' would be nominated as a supporting actor?

  239. @Alan Gary Unknown actor wearing a Hank's mask?

  240. By and large, whatever criticisms - warranted and unwarranted - of the present-day Academy, I believe their hearts are in the right place. They would genuinely like to see more diversity among nominees, they would like to see more women gets nominations in otherwise the traditionally male-dominated categories such as Director and the Tech fields. That said, it doesn't happen overnight. But it is happening. Women and minority artists are writing, producing and directing more films. And really, that's the true metric that drives everything else, including awards. The true problem comes in that the Academy is not recognizing lower budget/ independent film-making where much of that female/minority talent is currently being developed. Those films are largely getting shut out because they don't have the promotional budgets to compete. And that's where the Academy could be reaching out - developing a category for low-budget films that recognizes these film makers doing good work but operating at the economic periphery of the industry. Believe me, there were a number of films made last year and this year that were worthy - but few people heard about them. And this is the area where academy recognition could make a difference.

  241. @Chris there's a whole award show called the Independent Spirit awards, not to mention various festivals, if that's what you're into.

  242. @Chris Why is diversity is necessarily a good thing?Give awards to the best film makers, regardless of identity politics!No wonder not that many good films are being turned out these days! 1

  243. @Chris I'm not sure how you concluded that their hearts are definitely in the right place. There is wide agreement by both critics and audiences that Greta Gerwig's Little Women is one of the best movies of the year and it is in fact nominated for Best Picture. Yet Gerwig is not nominated for Best Director? If they were so bending over backwards to do the right thing, that wouldn't be happening. Frankly, as I look at the list of nominees, what I see is a long list of "guy" films that I personally would not even be interested to see.

  244. The most self-congratulatory group of people on earth: Oscars, what do the Hollywood oligarchs think about us; Hollywood Foreign Press (Golden Globes), what do people from other countries think about us; SAG awards, what do we think about ourselves; People’s Choice Awards, what do our adoring fans think about us. I’m sure I’m missing something. Feeding men’s egos is EXHAUSTING.

  245. So, there should be no awards, no recognition in the world? Only men merit recognition? Only men want recognition? Or recognition should only be given by people who have little experience in or knowledge of the field? Come on, awards (and recognition in general) have a place.

  246. @JB Waterman Did I say there should be no awards? What I said was there were a lot of awards and that it’s exhausting.

  247. Come on--are we looking for affirmative action or excellence in directing or acting? Women or others are "snubbed" or "pushed aside"? Can it possibly be that their work did not meet the Academy standards--whatever they are? Using that language just throws fuel on the fire,and hinders the search for true excellence.

  248. @marieka Only five times in the long history of the Oscars, has a director whose film was nominated for Best Picture not been nominated for Best Director. So, no it is not the case that Gerwig's directing "did not meet Academy standards." The Academy is a good old boys club, which is why the Oscar show (and the Golden Globes) are relics of a past time and is why few people, particularly women and people of color, have no interest in watching them.

  249. @Claudia Your comment is patently false. Since they raised the limit to up to 10 movies for Best Picture and kept the number of Best Director nominees at 5, every year numerous best picture directors can not be mathematically nominated for best director. This year, the male directors of Marriage Story (GG's romantic partner) and Jojo Rabbit have experienced the same fate as Ms. Gerwig. Where is the outrage for them?

  250. @Claudia Can you tell me which one of the 5 nominees is the weakest, and why Gerwig's work is superior to that person's? That would be a legitimate basis for your argument.

  251. Hard to imagine a good artistic reason for "Just Mercy," the powerful drama about our criminal justice system, receiving zero Oscar nominations. Can't prove it but would be willing to bet that this excellent film was seen by almost none of the Academy members who voted. The Academy should give some thought to this problem and consider ways to level the promotional playing field so that movies not made by tremendously famous people, or made by people with ethnic backgrounds very different from most Academy voters, still have a chance to be seen and be under actual consideration during the awards season.

  252. @FK Grace it was released 10 Jan 2020 and therefore fell outside the eligibility window for this year. My apologies that this had nothing to do with identity.

  253. Disappointed Christian Gale didn’t get nominated. Was surprised by how much I liked Ford v Ferrari—pure fun, exciting cinema with pathos, too. I knew nothing about the real story going on.

  254. @Mary So agree! Went along w my husband to see Ford v Farrari and found it so very good and entertaining, plus based on a true story I didn't know. Loved Christian Bales & Matt Damon's acting.

  255. In not on.

  256. Had the exact same reaction! Who would think a car movie would be so good?