Cynthia Erivo, who earned a Best Actress nod for playing the titular role in "Harriet," was the only person of color nominated for acting. Critically-acclaimed dramedy "The Farewell" was completely snubbed -- with even lead actress Awkwafina, who has received recognition by other ceremonies, being left out. Similarly, Lupita Nyong'o was completely ignored for her dual role in "Us". Same with Jennifer Lopez, who was surprisingly left off the Best Supporting Actress list.
The absence of female directors on the Best Directors list for the second year in a row was the most egregious omission in the eyes of many critics. Greta Gerwig was an obvious oversight for her work on "Little Women" in addition to many other female filmmakers who deserved recognition, including Lulu Wang for "The Farewell," Lorene Scafaria for "Hustlers" and Olivia Wilde for "Booksmart."
After announcing a list of all-male Best Director #OscarNoms...
In fact, Issa Rae, who announced the nominations alongside John Cho Monday, even threw in apparent jab at the Academy after no females were listed. "Congratulations to those men," she quipped after male directors Martin Scorsese ("The Irishman"), Todd Phillips ("Joker"), Sam Mendes ("1917"), Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood), and Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite") were announced.
The Best Actor category was definitely another that had Twitter talking. There was no love for Adam Sandler (or his movie) "Uncut Gems" and Taron Egerton failed to get nominated for "Rocketman" even after winning the Golden Globe earlier this month. And bringing back the topic of #OscarsSoWhite, Jaime Foxx and Eddie Murphy were both snubbed for their work in "Just Mercy" and "Dolemite Is My Name," respectively.
See how film Twitter reacted, below.
No Female Directors
Updated Little Women: "I'm so sick of people saying that DIRECTING is not what a woman is fit for." That said, huge congrats for the Greta Gerwig adapted screenplay nom + Actress, Supporting Actress, Score, Costumes...#OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/DNte5OIQ82
No matter how the Academy tries to diversify itself, it continues to have a serious problem with female directors. In the Oscars' 91 year (!) existence, ONE woman - Kathryn Bigelow for the Hurt Locker - has won Best Director. I'd boycott if it weren't my job to watch!
tfw Florence Pugh perfectly describes why it's ridiculous that Greta Gerwig wasn't nominated for an Oscar for directing Little Women — a category wherein only men were nominated — and a movie about women's work not being deemed as valuable or important as men's work. pic.twitter.com/XCYjHIcsiP
Appreciation post for Lupita's performance in Us bc it was one of the best performances of last year and yet it got completely ignored by the academy and that is absolutely unacceptable#OscarNoms #Oscars pic.twitter.com/MHpKDBEsBG
I don't know why I still get my hopes up about the Oscar nominations. NO love for Jennifer Lopez, Queen & Slim, or any female directors. And the only Black actor nominated was for...you guessed it: a slavery movie. And they had Issa Rae and John Cho present to...distract us?