Keeping its reputation intact, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has once again successfully ignored talented women and people of colour. The Academy, which is slow to embrace change, is slower than ever, as voters snub truly deserving artists who don't tick off two main criteria: White and Male.
After a great year for movies that crossed barriers for diverse filmmakers and women, Hollywood's Oscar voters still seem overly attached to the past. They let go of the opportunity to make history because of their obsession with having a "mostly white nomination list."
Had Awkwafina been nominated for “The Farewell,” she would have been the FIRST Asian American actress ever to be in the race for best actress in the 92 years of the Oscars.
However, they crossed a line when they overlooked Jennifer Lopez for 'Hustlers.' The dark comedy crime drama set in a New York strip club at the height of the 2008 financial crisis witnessed Lopez's "best performance" in her entire career. The movie was a smashing hit-- a fact that flew by the Oscar voters.
In consolation, "Why isn't she nominated for the Oscars" is better than "Why is she nominated?".
Anyway, Netizens weren't having it! Fans were left miffed by this snub and soon took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Here are some reactions:
They reached sky high for kathy bates.— Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker) January 13, 2020
I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, "is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? Oh, wasn't kathy bates in a movie? Yeah, that." https://t.co/VMfLmoR6LU
Jennifer Lopez was snubbed from her first ever Oscar nomination so others could be recognized for playing the same basic white women characters 🤬🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/feVq2UFYxA— Ron Rubin (@ronaldrubin) January 13, 2020
This is the saddest I've felt for Jennifer Lopez since "Dear Ben."— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 13, 2020
Anyways at the end of the day the actual winner is Jennifer Lopez. She made Hustlers with a 20M budget in less than a MONTH. She did it for free & believed in it & it went on to make 160M, received wild critical acclaim and over 41 nominations & wins for her performance. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/LrXruXmVkE— hasson (@FeelinSoHaram) January 13, 2020
No Lupita. No Taron Egerton. No Adam Sandler. No Awkwafina. No Jennifer Lopez. Nothing for The Farewell. One nomination for Knives Out.— ethan (@thebeachb0y) January 13, 2020
I’m bout to knock all this shit over.#OscarNoms pic.twitter.com/863Aon1fh3
TWITTERAATIS WONDERED WHY ADAM SANDLER WAS LEFT OUT DESPITE A WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE?
In 2020, the Academy forgot that the following people exist:— Tate saved Nien Nunb! (@TatePuft2) January 13, 2020
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Willem Dafoe#Oscars2020 pic.twitter.com/FhesdLp6X4
There is no way that Kathy Bates in Richard Jewell was better than Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers and I will die on that hill! #OscarNoms— Jazz Tangcay (@jazzt) January 13, 2020
Complex Magazine names Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers the Biggest Oscar Nomination 2020 Snub ! pic.twitter.com/qH4TX1Qbs3— John JLover (@John_JLover) January 13, 2020
Jennifer Lopez being snubbed has me all like pic.twitter.com/g8DIXK04oh— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) January 13, 2020