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Representation Missing | Celebrities Disappointed at Oscars 2020 Nominations

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So the list of  Oscar Nominations for 2020 has been released. And the Academy has not recieved any positive feedback. Due to severe lack of representation, many public figures are snubbing the Oscars for being ‘white-washed’ . Not only did the nominations fail to reflect any representation for people of color, they even left women out. This has resulted in numerous criticisms and even celebrities have vocally called the Oscars jury out for lack of diversity.

The Oscar 2020 nominees

‘Best Picture Award’ nominations include ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’, ‘Joker’, ‘Marriage Story’ and ‘Jojo Rabbitt’ and ‘Parasite’, ‘The Irishman’  and ‘Little Women’ as expected.

But directors and actors/actresses got snubbed in many other cases. Best Director category shut out all women. Even though ‘Little Women’ director Greta Gerwig deserved a spot; the all-men slate slashed her out.

The clearly white-dominated nominations garnered a lot of criticism. The only Black actor nominee is Cynthia Erivo.

There is lack of representation for Asians, Latino, LGBTQ and other minority groups as well.

Celebs react to lack of diversity & representation

Issa Rae, star of HBO’s insecure as well as a writer, director, actor, and producer  announced the nominees earlier. While announcing the all-male director category, she threw shade, striking a lot of nerves with just four words.

“Congratulations to those men,” she said. This made a powerful statement reflecting the Oscars 2020 dismissal of women and other groups.

Scarlett Curtis, an English writer and activist also tweeted to cheer for Issa Rae and the “most iconic moment of 2020 so far.”

https://twitter.com/scarcurtis/status/1216717972712099840

Hazel Hayes, an Irish filmmaker and YouTuber also spoke up. She is in favor of the statement “congratulations to all those men.”

TV and Film Journalist Candace Frederick also wrote a tweet to ask the Academy how they failed to give any recognition to film ‘Hustlers’ directed by Lorene Scafaria.

Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh also highlighted the lack of women in the best director’s panel. He mentioned the 2019 films directed by women that deserved recognition.

Actress Caroline Darya Framke expressed her disapproval of how ‘The Farewell’ deserved to be recognized by Oscars 2020 too.

The Oscars also snubbed Awkwafina who won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in The Farewell. Caroline added that Awkwafina ‘could’ have been the first Asian-American actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

Popular Asian-American news blog ‘Angry Asian Man’ also reacted.

Actress Rachel Handler was also quick to speak against the all-male best cinematography list.  She snubbed at “pissed off white men” in her bold tweet against the Oscar 2020 nominations.

Guardian writer Melissa Silverstein also wrote to sum up the ‘white-centric’ views of the Academy. She criticized them for keeping women and people of color out.

Now that so many public figures are speaking against the lack of representation, the Oscars might have to step up their game. We will hopefully be expecting more representation and diversity in future nominations.

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