Oscar Nominations 2020: Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Greta Gerwig to 'Klaus' (Photos)

No female directors are nominated, and Netflix’s “Klaus” knocks out Disney’s “Frozen II” for Best Animated Feature


Snub: Greta Gerwig, “Little Women” (Best Director) — The Academy failed to nominate any female directors this year, which is bound to be a topic of conversation as the award show approaches. Greta Gerwig’s retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic “Little Women” didn’t land the director her second directing Oscar nomination since 2017’s “Lady Bird,” despite the film nabbing a nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Snub: Awkwafina, “The Farewell” (Best Actress) — Despite winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in “The Farewell,” Nora Lum, better known as Awkwafina, was left out of Oscar contention. The true story about a lie a family tells their dying matriarch was Awkwafina’s first dramatic turn on screen.

Surprise: Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell” (Best Supporting Actress) — Kathy Bates snuck in to nab a supporting actress nomination from fan favorite Jennifer Lopez. Bates turned in a stellar emotional performance as Richard Jewell’s mother in the Clint Eastwood’s film about the Atlanta Bombing investigation.

Snub: Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers” (Best Supporting Actress) — J. Lo turned in a dominating performance as the ringleader of a group of former strippers who steal millions from rich men. Lopez’s performance garnered her a Golden Globe nomination, but she was overlooked by the Academy despite a seemingly strong level of support from the film community. The snub isn’t Jenny’s first time around the block. She was similarly passed over for her lead role in 1998’s “Selena.”

Snub: “Dolemite Is My Name” (Costume Design) — Legendary costume designer Ruth Carter didn’t land a nomination for her work on Netflix’s biopic, despite being expected too. She won the category last year for her costume work on Disney’s “Black Panther,” and was the first African American to win the award.

Surprise: “Klaus” (Best Animated Feature) — Netflix nabbed two animated feature nominations, with “Klaus” clawing its way into contention and knocking Disney’s “Frozen II” out of the race. 
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