Oscar nominations avoid 'all-white' storm of Baftas... just

13 January 2020, 15:18

Just one black actor made it into an acting category - Cynthia Erivo for her role in Harriet
Just one black actor made it into an acting category - Cynthia Erivo for her role in Harriet. Picture: PA

By Sylvia DeLuca

The 92nd annual Academy Awards have been announced with Joker leading the pack with 11 nods, with predominantly male and white film industry figures being at the fore in many categories.

Only one black person made it into an acting category and just one non-white director was selected for the best director list. Fans were upset that Greta Gerwig was snubbed for Best Director for Little Women.

British actress and singer Cynthia Erivo was the only BAME actor in the field, after being selected in the best supporting actress category for her role in Harriet.

Cynthia Erivo plays slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the film directed by Kasi Lemmons.

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho made it into the best director category for his comedy thriller Parasite.

Little Women director Greta Gerwig was not nominated for Best Director
Little Women director Greta Gerwig was not nominated for Best Director. Picture: PA

No women were selected in the best director category - a fact noted by presenter Issa Rae who in her announcement said: "Congratulations to those men".

There were hopes that Ladybird director Greta Gerwig would make the cut - but she was not nominated for Best Director for Little Women, provoking outrage on Twitter.

The nominations for Best Director were Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman", Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", Bong Joon-ho for "Parasite", Sam Mendes for "1917" and Todd Phillips for "Joker".

Greta Gerwig's Little Women was however nominated for the categories of Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay.

Joker is leading this year with 11 nominations (the same number Ben-Hur, Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King were all nominated for) whilst The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are all following close behind with 10.

The Bafta nominations were recently criticised for a lack of representation of people of colour and women in the nominations, with the hastag #BAFTASsowhite storming social media after the ceremony.

BAFTA bosses acknowledged the "infuriating" and "disappointing" lack of diversity in the some of the category shortlists.

The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was also coined five years ago to criticise the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

The Oscars awards ceremony will air on February 9.

The nominees for the best actor Oscar are Joaquin Phoenix for Joker, Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Antonio Banderas for Pain And Glory, Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

The nominees for the best actress Oscar are Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Saoirse Ronan for Little Women, Renee Zellweger for Judy and Charlize Theron for Bombshell.

The nominees for the best director Oscar are Martin Scorsese for The Irishman, Bong Joon-ho for Parasite, Sir Sam Mendes for 1917, Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Todd Phillips for Joker.

The films nominated for best picture are Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Parasite.

The nominees for the best supporting actor are Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood, Sir Anthony Hopkins for The Two Popes, Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, Al Pacino for The Irishman, Joe Pesci for The Irishman.

The nominees for the best supporting actress Oscar are Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell, Laura Dern for Marriage Story, Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, Florence Pugh for Little Women, Margot Robbie for Bombshell.

The best original song Oscar nominees are (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman, I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4, I'm Standing With You from Breakthrough, Into The Unknown from Frozen 2, Stand Up from Harriet

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