Oscars 2020 Nominations: 16 Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Oh, how naive I was going into this awards season with hope - truly a unsafe thing to have when you're a lifelong Oscar geek desperate for a reason to defend an institution that has been increasingly indefensible as of late.

Early on Monday morning, Issa Rae and Jon Cho announced the nominations for the 2020 Oscars with Joker leading the nominations with 11 nods, including ones for best actor and best picture.

Some of the funniest tweets came when folks brought up the fact that Scarlett Johansson managed to get two nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress in "Jojo Rabbit" and another for Best Actress in "Marriage Story".

Ever since the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite went viral in 2015, followed by the #MeToo movement initiated in 2017, Oscar nominations have faced controversy for selecting exceptionally few women and minorities in the top categories. Director Bong Joon Ho also received a nod for best director. "Frozen 2" wasn't nominated for animated feature.

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Parasite, from South Korea, is the sixth film to be nominated for best global film - before this year known as best foreign language film - and for best picture in the same year.

Well-deserving actors and artists got their nods, while some of the finest work of the year was completely ignored per the Oscars' unadventurous prerogative, and a few weird nominations just made no sense at all.

In the 90-year history of the Oscars, only five female directors have gotten a nomination in the category, with Gerwig preceded by Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow. Plenty of other ceremonies and nominations have also been occurring, but the top prize in the film world is the Academy Awards. Despite being much younger, the category's other three nominees, Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joaquin Phoenix, all have multiple Oscar nominations. His father, Alfred Newman, won nine Oscars in 43 nominations. And his cousin, Randy Newman, is nominated for both original score and original song this year. Both fall short of Walt Disney, however, who had 59. One actress who's notably left out of the Best Actress category is Lupita Nyong'o and the people of Twitter were not happy.

In the "Best Picture" category, New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi's comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit, featuring Rebel Wilson, was nominated, as was Little Women, which stars Australian actress Eliza Scanlen.

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