Oscar nominations include a few surprises


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Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards have been released, with a few surprises among the nominees.

Cassie Snyder, Magazine Editor

This year’s Oscar nominations came with some disappointing surprises along with some predictable outcomes. 

The best picture category could have easily been predicted by reviews of the most popular movies this year along with the pattern seen by awards shows such as the Golden Globes earlier this month.

All nominees for best picture excluding Ford V Ferrari and Little Women also got nominated for best picture in their respective category for the Golden Globes.

The Joker carried the lead for most nominations with a total of 11. Close behind was Quentin Tarantinos’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, both with 10 nominations each. 

Surprises were seen in the best actor and actress categories. 

Actress Awkafina just won a Golden Globe for best actress for a musical or comedy but received no Oscar nod at all for her role. Other actors who were well reviewed and generated buzz — such as Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, Robert DeNiro in The Irishman, Christian Bale in Ford V Ferrari, and Eddie Murphy in Dolemite is My Name — received no nominations at all for their roles. 

The nominations again raised debate about gender and racial representation at the Academy Awards. Despite several high-profile movies being directed by women, none were nominated for best director. Only one person of color, Cynthia Erivo from the movie Harriet, was nominated in an acting category.

Frozen II, which was one of the biggest and long-awaited animated films of this year, received no nomination in the best animated picture category. 

Last year at the Oscars, Netflix received its first best picture nomination for Roma. This year Netflix has two best picture nominations — for The Irishman and Marriage Story — along with 24 nominations total for the company.

Another pattern led by Roma continued, with the Korean film Parasite being nominated in the best picture and best international feature film categories. Parasite created a lot of buzz and was said by many to be the best film of the year 2019; it earned six total nominations. 

This year’s Academy Awards show will be hostless and will air on Feb. 9 — earlier than ever before.