2020 Oscar nominations include many snubs

Savanna Wyatt, Reporter

The Oscar nominations for this year’s 92nd Academy Awards omitted many female nominees that should have been included.

The nominees were announced on Jan. 13 by the actors John Cho and Issa Rae. Many of the categories mentioned included only male nominees when there were several talented women that should have been nominated as well.

Jennifer Lopez, for example, was one of the women who was snubbed. Lopez has been acting for decades and has proven her hard work and talent in many films such as “Selena” and “Out of Sight”.

Lopez gave a great performance as Ramona in the dramatic film “Hustlers,” about female strippers trying to make ends meet. Her performance led her to getting a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture at this year’s Golden Globes Awards.

She lost the award to the actress Laura Dern for the film “Marriage Story.” However, Lopez was not even nominated in a similar category for the Oscars.

Greta Gerwig is another female who lacked obvious nominations. Gerwig is an actor as well as screenplay writer and director. She directed the 2019 adaptation of “Little Women” as well as writing the screenplay. The film was well received and liked by audiences as it was a remake of the classic story.

Gerwig was nominated for Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. However, she did not receive a nomination for Achievement in Directing. In fact, not a single female director was even mentioned in the director’s category.

Many other female directors should have been recognized for Achievement in Directing. Lulu Wang directed “The Farewell” which was nominated for Best Motion Picture-Foreign Language at this year’s Golden Globes.

The star of “The Farewell,” Awkwafina, was another actress who went unnoticed at the Oscars.

Awkwafina has acted in several films in supporting roles such as “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8.” Her first leading role as Billi in “The Farewell” landed her the Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy.

However, Awkwafina was not even nominated for the same award for the upcoming Oscars.

Singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles, along with her co-songwriters, were nominated for Best Original Song-Motion Picture at the Golden Globes.

Beyoncé is a successful singer, songwriter and actress who has been creating and performing for many years. She recently reprised the role of Nala in Walt Disney’s live action remake of “The Lion King.”

In addition to acting in the film, she also created some original music and sang for the soundtrack. Her song “Spirit” that she co-wrote with Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh, was not nominated for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) at the Academy Awards.

Even though there were lots of moving and powerful works that deserved recognition, many talented female artists and creators were not shown appreciation at the Oscars. Viewers and fellow actors have commented about the lack of gender diversity at the award show.

As of right now, most of these award shows are heavily dominated by males and only feature their work and performances.

This lack of gender diversity is an issue because representation matters. Being able to see yourself in media and popular culture is something that every person should be able to experience.

Seeing more talented females in films and film production allows other women and girls to believe they have the ability to do the exact same thing. Seeing more women and their work reflected at award shows will only further validate and confirm that women deserve a seat at the table.

There are lots of women in Hollywood that create excellent and thought-provoking work that deserve to be seen and properly addressed. Hopefully, there will be a more diverse list of nominees at next year’s Academy Awards to better represent the work and talent of the whole Hollywood industry.

Here is the complete list of the Oscar nominees and the Golden Globe winners and nominees.