The 2020 Oscar Nominations Have Angered Trevor Noah
“How the hell does that happen?”, Trevor Noah asks when talking about Oscars 2020. There is an all-male directors’ list for the 92nd Academy Awards and he doesn’t like it. Oscars are coming up in February and have featured challenge worthy titles and stars in its categories. However, there is a notable absence of female directors from the Best Director category.
All-male Directors In Oscars 2020
The Daily Show starring Trevor Noah really highlighted this and we can’t be more thankful about it than we already are. If not award-worthy, then nomination-worthy directors are missing. Here is the current list of nominees for Achievement in Directing:
- Martin Scorsese for The Irishman
- Todd Phillips for Joker
- Sam Mendes for 1917
- Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
- Bong Joon Ho for Parasite
Perhaps it would be best if you watch the clip by Noah on this 2020 Oscars list first:
TONIGHT: Congrats to “Little Women” for directing itself! pic.twitter.com/scD3kL9OCY
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 14, 2020
The comedian is quite frustrated over the Awards exclusion of even a single female director from the list above. While most people liked “Little Women” by Greta Gerwig, she is not present with the likes of Tarantino and Scorsese. Another thing to note is how all the movies are male-centered, with male lead storylines.
The short clip that Noah shows Issa Rae announcing the list of names alongside John Cho. For us, the way she said, “Congratulations to those men,” sounds a bit too sarcastic and rightly so. Even Noah said:
“Those aren’t just all male directors, those are all very male movies. Like, if you take out Parasite, women probably have 10 minutes of dialogue in all the other films combined.”
He also jokes about men’s behavior towards women back around in World War I. Noah believes that women should have had bigger roles in the movies that are present in the list, for example, Margot Robbie and Anna Paquin. All the movies, except for 1917, “because women weren’t invented until the ’30s.”