#OscarsSoWhite forever: how did Jennifer Lopez, Lupita & Awkwafina get snubbed?

Michelle Williams, Thomas Kail attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

Don’t get me wrong, there were some good Oscar nominations in today’s list – I was happy to see Antonio Banderas and Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins, absolutely. But lord, Japanese Tree Scarlett Johansson got TWO nominations and they slept on Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o and Awkwafina? I’m not sure if Lupita and Awkwafina came into the awards season with many expectations, but Jennifer Lopez DID. The Hustlers fam absolutely believed that J.Lo deserved a nomination and it’s legitimately shocking that she didn’t get one.

So, yeah, curious and curiouser that Cynthia Erivo is the only woman of color among ten actress nominations. We’re #OscarsSoWhite again. For years, the Academy has been taking pains to make the Oscar nominations younger and less white, and you know what? IT IS NOT WORKING. It is not working when, in 2020, we’re still having these same conversations. And I hear the arguments of “well, Lupita maybe wasn’t that great and it was a horror film” or “Jennifer Lopez was playing a stripper/gangster for goodness sake.” They literally gave two nominations to ScarJo, who spent all of last fall CAPING for Woody Allen repeatedly. They gave Margot Robbie a nomination for being blonde rather than recognize a Puerto Rican actress.

Anyway, this will be a larger conversation AGAIN this year.

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Justin and Hailey Bieber go for a rainy day coffee run

Justin and Hailey Bieber go for a rainy day coffee run

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  1. Sarah says:

    Lupita and Awkwafina for sure deserve all the recognition. JLo, nope. I don’t get the Oscar talk for this performance at all. Maybe for Some of her past roles, but not this.

    • broodytrudy says:

      Co-sign. I’m pissed Awkwafina got snubbed. I finally saw Hustlers and it wasn’t that great? Boring for me. I don’t think JLo was spectacular at all. She was fine. The movie had major tone problems.

      • Case says:

        I was so excited to see Hustlers and could barely get through it without falling asleep when I finally rented it. It was all over the place and felt like a very formulaic crime movie. I was disappointed.

    • Eliza_ says:

      I agree. Bring magnetic on screen doesn’t equal oscar worthy performance. The other two had more solid performances and were contenders who should be in the race.

    • Jas says:

      Agree, the JLo buzz seemed planted and people just went along with it. There was no way.

      On the other hand, I will complain about Lupita erasure until my last breath.

    • Deedee says:

      Ding, ding, ding!1111

    • BellaBella says:

      Co-sign. J-Lo’s performance was not that remarkable. Sorry.

    • NMH says:

      Agreed, JLo is NOT the same category as Awkwafina or Lupita, I’m tired of people pretending that she is.

    • bros says:

      JLo is a terrible terrible actress and I will die on this hill. She’s awful. She telegraphs every line and every emotion. I can see her brain chewing on her acting while she’s delivering lines. Her face doesn’t move, etc.

    • lasagna jones says:

      same. all the way.

    • minx says:

      Agree about JLo.

    • Marigold says:

      This. I wasn’t disappointed about J-Lo. I’m sorry, but it just wasn’t up there. Hustlers just was not on the same level. I like J-Lo. I find her entertaining and inspiring, but she always acts like she’s the Second Coming. She’s not. She’s a good, solid actress, and she has a work ethic like nobody’s business. She’s a success machine, and she deserves praise. This movie, however, didn’t earn any Oscars in my book. /shrug

      Awkwafina, however…man, that one is a blow.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I completely agree. JLo is too self aware to be a great actress. She poses too much. Lupita and Awkwafina did a really great job. I loved The Farewell and her performance was really moving.

    • Sue M says:

      I’m sincerely shocked that you and the commenters here didn’t like Hustler and JLo’s performance. I absolutely loved it. Her performance to me was incandescent. I am appalled that she is not nominated. I think that Margot Robbie (a terrific actress however) did not deserve a nom for that particular performance. And I do think it is because JLo is playing a stripper and hence it is viewed as not “serious” enough for the white guy oscar voters. Also, no Akwafina, no Lupita, no women directors?? And no Jordan Peele for best director?? Appalling.

      • MariaS says:

        I agree!! I’m actually not a fan of JLo but she blew me away. The scene that sticks out for me is when she and Constance Wu’s character are dancing for the guy in the private room and he’s tossing money at them with undisguised contempt. The look in her eyes is one of fury and humiliation, while she keeps a frozen smile on her face so she doesn’t lose the opportunity to earn money. That scene made me really sit up and pay attention. She’s normally mediocre but with the right director she’s damn good.

  2. Sarah says:

    The Academy is unable to recognize the work of actors of color, UNLESS it have something to do with slavery. Hence, Cynthia Erivo being the only nominee of color for a performance that wasn’t even that good. WOC taking charge of their lifes like Luipita in US and J-Lo in Hustlers? Hell to the no.

    • Mac says:

      This. The Academy has a lot more work to do.

    • TQB says:

      BAM, nailed it right there. Academy is only comfortable with POC when it’s a film that allows them to feel nice and comfy because we abolished slavery so everything is GREAT now.

    • Jo73c says:

      Don’t you think this year’s nominations are a massive FU-all from the OWG’s of the Academy?

      Academy: Screw you to everyone who’s not old, white, male and over 50. You can make whatever you want, and regardless of how good it is, or how much money it makes, we don’t have to GAF, we still own this establishment.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I didnt think JLo was that good in Hustlers – but I was pretty sure she would at least get nominated.

    I havent seen Us or the Farewell so cant comment on the actual performances, but Lupita is obviously an excellent actress so I believe people who say she should have been nominated. and Awkwafina can win a GG for her performance but not even nominated for an Oscar?

    Anyway in general – not a good look for the Academy. Maybe you can explain each individual snub, but when Beyonce cant even get a nomination – yeah…….#oscarssowhite indeed.

    • Case says:

      Unfortunately, GG wins don’t usually equate to Oscar nominations. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association tends to make some quirkier choices where the Oscars are more buttoned up. The one doesn’t really relate to the other.

      • Becks1 says:

        Except, they do? The other GG winners for acting got Oscar noms (not Taron though). I get that they are quirkier, and there’s a different voting pool, but the GGs absolutely provide insight into who is going to get an Oscar nomination. Of course its not fool proof, esp since the Oscars dont have the comedy/musical category the GGs do, but given the Oscars overall race problem it looks bad that a GG winner was not even nominated.

    • Mac says:

      I think Us should have gotten recognition. It was so much more than a horror film. And Lupita was amazing.

  4. Tanguerita says:

    Oh fuck this shit. Just give the Oscars to Zellweger, Phoenix and this pile of garbage called Joker (we know you will) and cancel the rest. The Academy is a bunch of white middle-aged racist men who will always vote for themselves and blonde waspish looking women. None of this nonsense means anything anymore anyway.

    • Eleonor says:


    • Eliza_ says:

      It could go to Scarlet Johansson for playing an Asian Tree, I mean, a sad WASP.

      • Tanguerita says:

        nah, don’t think so. There is nothing Hollywood loves more than biopics about famous Hollywood personalities. Zellweger has it in the bag. She should start drinking away to get into the right condition to barf-whisper her acceptance speech.

    • Mac says:

      Except the Academy allegedly took steps to increase diversity and phase out the old white men to move beyond the stereotypical Oscar winner. It seems that was just a bunch of lip service because nothing has changed.

      • Antigone says:

        ofc it’s lip service. you know Times Up & how that was created in response to the Weinstein- triggered metoo movement? that was created by CAA, the agency that had the most to lose if revealed how they handled predators, hotel and personal home meetups, Weinstein, ignoring complaints until the spotlight was on everybody. Agents were(are) a huge reason Weinstein was able to victimize for so long…but no one ever talked about that…

    • Christina says:


      I also agree with Vertes’ comment about horror movies. I see too much real horror to tolerate horror movies.

    • Raven says:

      They’ll vote for blonde waspish women in actor and costume design/makeup categories but not producer, director, cinematography, screenwriting and more technical categories. Anything prestigious or technical outside of acting is for mostly white dudes only.

  5. bub244 says:

    The Lupita one makes me so mad. I get that the Academy has historically been snobbish towards horror films but she was so incredible in “Us” that she lifted it even beyond its genre. It’s racism, pure and simple.

    • LeonsMomma says:

      Totally agree.
      And I am also going to bring up in this thread (sorry) the performances of Kyliegh Curran and Rebecca Ferguson in Doctor Sleep were amazing.

    • Marigold says:

      I wanted to watch that movie SO badly because she was in it. I saw the trailers, and that movie looked so good…but I cannot do horror anymore. Now that I’m middle-aged, something in my brain changed and horror movies mess me UP.

      I fully believe that she was just off-the-charts magnificent in that film, but I can’t watch it. Sigh.

    • Christina says:

      Wishing I had the guts to watch US. I did see I Am Dolomite. What a triumph!!! It’s about not being seen. It’s about doing what ever you can to make it on your own terms as a marginalized person. It’s about understanding and loving Black people.

      I grew up near where it was filmed. It represents the LA I remember from being a kid. I was this white-looking Mexican elementary schooler, and the people I knew in the neighborhood were like him, and I remember the kids from that time and how confusing it was to be near white people who were afraid of Black teenagers when these folks were family to me and my family. I just wanted to be a cute grown up and look like the girls I saw in bell bottoms and Afros who were always so sweet and kind and in high school and college in LA. Theses folks were the big brothers and sisters I knew. Their parents taught me in school, and worked at the bank, and the post office, and the hospital, and the teens used to watch Dolomite movies. We always argued about whether he was promoting Black people as dumb, but the Dolomite movies were about fun and comedy. They were parodies.

      Eddie Murphy should have been nominated. Rudy Ray Moore’s story is important to the American experience, to the Hollywood experience, but, you know, Rudy was a dark-skinned, undeniably Black icon. They can’t honor that. And Eddie Murphy player him with grace and completely honored what Rudy achieved. He put people onscreen who would have NEVER been onscreen otherwise.

      The Academy is still doing what Rudy Ray Moore’s art was created to fight. Of course they snubbed it.

      • BellaBella says:

        Nicely said. I really liked that movie and felt it filled in a fun piece of pop culture and film history. Kind of like Ed Wood.

  6. Case says:

    Lupita is the only one I felt really strongly should get nominated out of these three. Her transformation between the two characters she played was masterful. Us was one of my favorite movies of 2019.

    J.Lo and Awkwafina were both very good, but I wouldn’t say GREAT. I think Awkwafina WILL go on to become a super well-respected actress, but I felt it was apparent in The Farewell that she’s still kinda new and will grow to become a better actress in a few years (not saying she was bad or anything, but her character mostly just frowned the whole movie. Idk.) The Farewell itself should’ve been recognized as a film, though.

  7. StormsMama says:

    And soooooo revealing. The world is being run by men. The United States is being run by old white men. The Oscars voters are primarily old white and not interested in stories about anything other than white guy stories.
    I used to love Joaquin but I can NOT with Joker! He was phenomenal as Johnny Cash and I’m gonna leave JF there in my memory.
    Where is the Eddie Murphy nom?
    I just…it’s just SO BLATANT. We are a toxic racist abused society sleeping with our abuser, living with constant reminder of our own powerlessness. I’m sick of it.
    And I’m white! I can not even fathom the exhaustion and rage if you are a person of color- a woman of color.
    ScarJo is what they want: white, buxom, and constantly singing the praises of the patriarchy while calling herself an advocate for women.
    No more! Oscars: do better!!!

    • BellaBella says:

      The world has always been run by men. That’s why we are in the current sh*tstorm. I truly wish more women would run for office and change the nunbers in the House and Senate in particular. More women means more voices of reason. We are the majority in population numbers!

    • cloudy says:

      I totally agree about Eddie Murphy, Total snub. he was awesome

    • Wisca says:

      Scar is being repaid for her Woody Allen love.

  8. S808 says:

    I’m angriest about Lupita and Jordan Peele. Both deserved. The only black actress nominated was the one playing a slave? Seriously?

    • Sarah says:

      The Academy needs to have its dose of slavery porn every other year.

    • cloudy says:

      Eddie Murphy should have been nominated

    • Cindy says:

      I actually went and checked. And these numbers are ridiculous. From 2010 onwards, these are the 8 nomanations black women have gotten for supporting:

      2011 Octavia Spencer (winner) – played a maid
      2013 Lupita Nyong’o (winner) – played a slave
      2016 Viola Davis (winner) – played a mother from a poor family, abusive husband
      2016 Naomie Harris – played a mother from a poor family, abusive herself
      2016 Octavia Spencer – played a NASA mathematician
      2017 Mary J Blige – played a cottom farm worker during WW2
      2017 Octavia Spencer – played a cleaning employee
      2018 Regina King (winner) – I actually didn’t read the plot summary for this one because I plan to watch it, but the movie is about a black man who was unfairly imprisoned.

      For leading there’s only been 3, none of them won. Viola Davis playing a maid, Quvenzhané Wallis playing a poor girl from the slums, and Ruth Negga playing a woman married to a white man in the ’60s.

      See a pattern?

      • BellaBella says:

        And that is also a reflection of the film roles available for black women. My friends who are black actresses always complain about this: they don’t want to play a maid, a prostitute or a slave. So, many of them stick to working in the theater and directing their own pieces.

  9. DiegoInSF says:

    So ridiculous! Enjoy the lower viewership each year, Oscars!

  10. broodytrudy says:

    I don’t know how the Farewell or Parasite didn’t get more recognition? Well I do but still. They are both incredible cultural stories that deserve several nominations. Can you imagine how great the Oscars would look if they gave them both a slew of noms? They fucking blew it big time.

  11. M says:

    What especially infuriates me about the JLo snub is that men get rewarded by the Oscars for playing these types of characters ALL the time. They’ve spend DECADES rewarding male actors who play mobsters and gangsters. If Brando, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, etc. can get nominated/win for playing gangsters, (hell, some of them have built their entire careers with critical acclaim for these roles), why shouldn’t JLo be recognized? Because she isn’t playing the gun moll or the wife who supports her man? What a bunch of bull.

    • DS9 says:

      Sharon Stone was nominated for Casino so, yeah, that’s not the argument I want to hear today either. Gangster/grifter/showgirl, boom.

      You’re exactly right.

  12. zotsioltar says:

    Dont include J-Lo is this. She has been playing this character all of her recording career….

    rest is valid though

  13. kerwood says:

    Well, we all know HOW actors like Lopez and Awkwafina were snubbed. The old, White, Male members of the academy didn’t vote for them They would rather vote for a woman they KNOW will stand by them if they get caught with their pants down.

  14. Slacker says:

    It is outrageous the racism here. Why why why do they not learn? Year after year the racism is supported. I knew it would be this way but where is a the love for Us? Arguably Jordan Peele’s best film and screenplay to date, (directing and screenplay nominations are entirely appropriate here) and Lupita’s acting was incredible. He won the screenplay for Get Out and Us is better. A lot better. The two characters Lupita played (One a doppelgänger) were so different and she was magnificent. Also cast in an ensemble, that should have been a nomination too. As for Hustlers, I haven’t seen it yet but I’m convinced Lopez should have been nominated as well and that deep cultural racism and sexism are what lost her the nomination. I’m Boycotting and SAG watching only.

  15. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I continue to not understand why so many remain in the ‘shocked’ and ‘angry’ categories of the Oscars every year. We still live in this cancelled age, but we never cancel awards. Why is that? I personally haven’t watched an awards ceremony in… shit… 15 years? Probably more. Watching those people inhale their farts have me wondering every year why we continue to give them cultural space. Quit it! Either create a new award and ignore everything oscar-related or throw away the tent and just build the brick house already lol. They’re going to slightly bend every other year or so, but they always do a quadruple full and stick the landing. It’s past time, because you’re right. It’s 2020.

    • Tanguerita says:

      What you said, every single word of it.

    • Cindy says:

      I agree, I’m tired of the Academy’s predictable shenanigans but I’m also really tired of the outrage it sparkles every year.

    • Slacker says:

      Agree completely and I have been boycotting them for years , but it still irks me that this is happening. I think the SAG awards and the independent spirit awards are better

  16. deezee says:

    I was disappointed to see no nomination for Awkwafina. She had been building momentum. Also expected one for JLO. It has one of her better performances and would have been a good dar for the academy. I wasn’t surprised about Lupita. Her performance has been ignored all year.

    As for the Oscars, they love certain things and generally reward: Men over women (white preferrably), Hollywood-centric films, War (generally WWII), Period pieces (British ideally). For POC if they want a nomination, it should be about the civil rights movement or slavery. I think that sums up the Oscars pretty well.

    • Lena says:

      Yes it’s not called Oscar bait movies or roles for nothing. Also helps 100 percent for an actor/actress to go ugly if they are beautiful or show some affliction like stuttering, intellectual disability or drug/alcohol addiction.

  17. Kaiser says:

    The Jennifer Lopez Slander in these comments, my God. Hustlers wasn’t the best movie ever, but Jennifer absolutely EARNED an Oscar nom for her performance, the end.

    • Sarah says:

      Every person replying that J-Lo was just good, not great, in Hustlers, and therefore was not deservig of an Oscar nod is part of the problem IMO. White actors and actresses get nominated and sometimes WIN for mediocre performances ALL THE TIME. You’re gonna tell me Margot was great in Bombshell? And J-Law, was she great in the 1,111,452 roles she has been nominated for? What about Woody Allen’s autobiographies, sorry “films”? Were they great?

      • Green Desert says:

        Sarah, you make too much sense on these threads when it comes to implicit bias and institutionalized racism. I hope people pay attention to what you say.

      • StormsMama says:

        Yes Sarah. This exactly.

      • kerwood says:

        @Sarah, well said. An actor of colour has to redefine the art form, while a White actor basically has to show up. It helps if the White actor is loved by the press.

        I haven’t seen Marriage Story, so its possible that Johannson is THAT GOOD, but I find it hard to believe because she’s never been THAT GOOD before.

        I’m not surprised that Lopez wasn’t nominated. Members of the academy probably find it hard to believe that a woman of color playing a sex worker is ACTING. They think it comes naturally to us.

        I always watch the Oscar’s, but unless they have a good host or interesting presenters, my Sunday evening will be free.

      • Sarah says:

        @kerwood. I think it was Chris Rock who said in a sketch that basically, black people had to fly to get the same things white people get by just walking (I’m paraphrasing).

      • Star says:

        I agree with the sentiment, however, Margot Robbie really did give a better performance in Bombshell than J-Lo gave in Hustlers. But one thing people aren’t talking about is Constance Wu. She was extremely the best part about Hustlers imo and she’s the one who deserved the nom. The fact that we aren’t even discussing her is a testament to her PR scandal last year, and the fact that as a WOC she will struggle (and perhaps fail) to mend her reputation, while a (white) man would continue to be entitled to success despite a reputation as “difficult.”

    • Green Desert says:

      Haha Kaiser I love that you commented on this! I was going to write something similar so I will just say that I agree with you. E. Alex Jung said it best…what kinds of performances these white men deem worthy is ridiculous. She captured not just the “sexiness” of that character but showed the reason someone like Ramona needed to be sexy in the first place. There’s a lot of rage, empathy, and remorse that JLo captures in every scene. I’m sad because she was SO good 20 years ago in Out of Sight, then did a bunch of stupid romantic comedies or weird dramas, then had this great role and didn’t get the recognition she deserved. I hope she does more things that stretch her as an actress…she’s more than capable.

      • DS9 says:

        People shade J.Lo for her romcoms without understanding or acknowledging the uphill battle she faced as a Hispanic woman in Hollywood. She wanted more work like Out of Sight but she also wanted to work, which is likely why she diversified into singing and dancing.

        Again I reiterate that she would likely be considered one of our best actresses if she’d been allowed to develop and learn and grow and be mentored the way other white actresses who came into Hollywood around the same time she did.

        And I will die on that hill.

      • Wisca says:


        Everything you said is true and I am sometimes very ambivalent about JLo, but never about her hustle, which I DEEPLY admire.

      • Green Desert says:

        DS9 – You are absolutely correct.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Kaiser EXACTLY and goes to the root of the issue: actors if color are held to different standards than white actors. ScarJo got TWO noms fo mediocre acting, Margot Robbie got a nom for essentially being blonde but J.Lo doesn’t deserve one?? There is SO MUCH racial bias on this thread.

      • Green Desert says:

        Sorry for being all over this thread but I have to cosign this. People of color are always held to different and higher standards than white people, and it’s no different in Hollywood.

        J Lo has never been a social justice warrior, but I hope this makes her think about racism in a different way. And I hope she addresses it during her Super Bowl performance.

      • Cindy says:

        Scarlett Johansson is straight-up one of the most hated celebrities of this site and every single time there’s a thread about her there’s at least 15 comments mocking her and calling her an Asian Tree.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @ Green Desert I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one. Im not a J.Lo fan but regardless of that she deserved a nomination.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Cindy that’s in no way relevant to the point of my comment. No where did I state that people are claiming ScarJo deserved a nom. MY POINT is that if Scar Jo can get TWO noms for mediocre work than J. lo can get one for some of the best work of her career. She’s not an amazing actress but neither are half the people nominated this year.

        And don’t even get me started on LUPITA being snubbed by MOST awards shows this season.

      • Meg says:

        Well scarjo has said insensitive things about representation which shows severe narrowmindedness on her part

      • Cindy says:

        I haven’t watched either of Scarlett’s movies so I can’t really comment, but I can say of all Hollywood actresses I can think of, Scarlett is one of the least I’d expect to pull that. Didn’t watch Us either, but Lupita is one of the actresses I’d say are far more deserving than her. Can’t argue with that.

        What I don’t get is why we should start awarding mediocre people because other mediocre people get nominated. So the awards are all about mediocrity being awarded for social media buzz now? The whole point of these “snub” threads is to discuss who was good and who wasn’t. JLo wasn’t that good in my opinion.

        “JLo should’ve been nominated because she was great”, I can get behind that, you liked her performance more than I did, cool.

        “JLo should’ve been nominated because Scarlett Johansson was nominated and she’s mediocre too”… that sounds like a much weaker argument.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        @Cindy you would maybe be right IF that were mine or Kaiser’s argument. But it isn’t.

      • Cindy says:

        “ScarJo got TWO noms fo mediocre acting, Margot Robbie got a nom for essentially being blonde but J.Lo doesn’t deserve one??”

        “JLo should’ve been nominated because Scarlett Johansson was nominated and she’s mediocre”

        Idk, it sounds a lot alike to me.

    • BellaBella says:

      It’s not slander. It’s just an opinion different from yours. No one is saying she was awful.

    • Algernon says:

      Has anyone here seen Bombshell? Margot is pretty great, she has a couple really heartbreaking scenes. It’s Charlize I object to, her performance is just the fake nose and dumb voice. She’s just doing an impression.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Margit is a good actress but let’s be real here: does a couple of good scenes cancel out the work of another actress who was just all around better?? Margot’s spot should have gone to Lupita and ScarJo’s should have gone to J.Lo.

      • Algernon says:

        Lupita should be in the leading actress category, but I would definitely take out ScarJo from supporting and give that spot to JLo. My point about Margot is that a lot of people are dumping on her but she is actually good in Bombshell. She is the most memorable thing about that movie. I would change the supporting category to JLo, Margot, Florence, Zhao Shuzen (from The Farewell), and Lee Jung Eun (from Parasite).

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Thank you, Kaiser. She’s been battling these kind of comments her all career though. How dare that not connected (at the beginning) brown woman from the Bronx not stay in her lane?

    • Christina says:

      Amen, Kaiser. Movies about Black and Brown women don’t matter unless ScarJo and Julia Roberts play the leads. Then they are “gritty masterpieces about hard lives.”

      Spare me.

  18. MC2 says:

    I just checked my calendar after the nomination announcement, and I’m busy washing my hair & painting my nails that night. Maybe I’ll tune in next year, but this year….nope.

  19. line says:

    Why every year people are amazed by the too white Oscars. The only black actress to have won the Oscar for best lead actress is Halle Berry in 2001. Since then, no other black actress to win and no Hispanic, Asian, Indian …etc actress has never won.

    • Onemoretime says:

      Business as usual, nothing to see here people. Once people stop treating the Oscars as the end all be all, maybe they’ll change. But until then, they will never change.

  20. Lightpurple says:

    Zhao Shuzhen, Yeo Jeong-Jo, and JLo deserved nominations, as did Awkwafina. But ScarJo isn’t the one I would remove from those lists. Margot Robbie really doesn’t deserve to be there this year and, while I loved that Florence Pugh gave such life to Amy, there are others who were stronger. I think Laura Dern will win Best Supporting (sorry, Kaiser) but I have problems with her performance too. It was way over the top and distracting. And I also think Renee Zellweger doesn’t deserve her nomination. She was essentially mimicking Judy Davis’s far superior performance from years earlier and not doing a great job of it. Awkwafina deserves that slot.

    I can’t stand Eddie Murphy but he deserves that slot DiCaprio is holding.

    • Jerusha says:

      Renee was awful. Awful, awful, awful. All that lip pursing. That mugging. That crinkly eyed squinting. Arrrrgh! The worst performance I’ve ever seen from a leading actress. And her singing nowhere near equalled Judy’s. Just really bad.

      But it’s been demonstrated that if you play drunk, addicted, lose or gain massive amounts of weight, start writing a speech. Or if you’re ill in real life(see Liz Taylor in the dreadful Butterfield 8).

  21. ariel says:

    It was a horror film- but Lupita was AMAZING in both roles.

    How about we let straight white men go to the Oscars, watch the Oscars, and give each other awards.
    The rest of us can watch the new Billy Porter fashion show and variety hour that night.

  22. Scandi says:

    1. Marriage Story is OVERRATED and so was Scarlett Johansson. I can’t believe she gets away With swooning over Woody Allen! Yikes!
    2. Lupita was PHENOMENAL in US. I loved that movie and her amazing performance. I think that Get Out was better, though. Jordan Peele nails it. Lupita is just a solid, great actress.
    3. Jennifer is a one-dimensional and overrated actress but one hell of a performer. But I’m fine with that ‘snub’

  23. sassbr says:

    Ok, look, Jennifer Lopez looked amazing in Hustlers and she clearly did a lot of training for it, but it was not an Oscar-worthy role by any means. She didn’t have to act for that, that is some Gigli-level acting she is going in it.

    I’m more annoyed that they ignored Tarim Egerton for Rocketman. They gave the Oscar to Rami Malek last year for lip-syncing in that lazy Queen movie (where he couldn’t even act around his fake teeth) and Egerton, who did all his own singing and dancing, got nothing. THAT is a snub. It’s because they can’t give best actor to two musical biopics two years in a row.

    • a reader says:

      I am LIVID that Taron was snubbed. Rocketman was my favorite movie last year and Taron was a revelation.

      Lupita should’ve been nominated too… HUGE SNUB.

    • Wisca says:

      “She didn’t have to act for that”

      The real JLo does not talk like that or move like that. What are you talking about?!

  24. JulieCarr says:

    Lupita, Awkwafina and Ana de Armas deserved noms.

    J.Lo really didn’t. She hustled as hard as her character to get that Oscar buzz train started, but her performance was nothing special. If she hadn’t been making Lifetime adjacent garbage for the last decade no one would have given her any attention for this.

  25. BellaBella says:

    Personally, I am most upset about Taron Egerton. That man was incredible in Rocketman. A hundred times better than Rami Malek. The movie was cleverly written, he sang his own songs and he was magnificent. It’s really too bad his movie came out early in the year — those movies always suffer in the Academy nominations. Probably what hurt Jordan Peele and Lupita Nyong’o besides black actors being invisible to Academy members.

    And ScarJo being nominated for Marriage Story — I think she was just okay in that movie. I think they nominated her for the amazingly daring act of looking plain. They often seem to fall for that.

    • DS9 says:

      Rocketman was absolutely the better movie than Bohemian Rhapsody in every aspect.

      I’m really salty it didn’t get more recognition.

      • a reader says:

        DS9 come sit next to me and enjoy an entire buffet of salt.

        Rocketman was everything Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t.

      • BellaBella says:

        I am salty too. I really think it suffered by being released in April. Early movies so often get overlooked. Taron was phenomenal — his singing, dancing AND acting!! And the movie had a clever script.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        Oh, lord, YES! Rocketman blew Bohemian Rhapsody out of the park.

    • line says:

      I agree with you Rocketman is the best musical biopic since Walk the Line by James Mangold and the performance by Taron Egerton was a pleasant surprise. The Queen’s biopic was just horrible but I think if Rocketman was out before The Queen’s biopic he would have gotten a lot more reward from the oscar academy.

  26. Meg says:

    I agree with other points in this post old white dudes that make up the academy love scarjo dont they?
    but IMO spirit didn’t deserve a nomination

  27. Cindy says:

    Meh, I know a lot of people are passionate about how good JLo was in Hustlers but I still think she wasn’t all of that. I wouldn’t have protested a nomination but I wouldn’t have given it to her. An alright performance that didn’t seem like much of a stretch for her. The most memorable part of her performance wasn’t actually her acting, but a stage performance, which is what she’s known for.

    I wish they had nominated someone from Parasite – anyone would do. The performances of that film were incredible. Ana de Armas was great in Knives Out too, though I think a case could be made for her actually being the lead.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      She is not known for pole dancing, she had to learn it so that was acting as well!

      • Wisca says:

        I guess if you think the real JLo is a pole dancing stripper with a hard edge instead of the entrepreneurial sister of a journalist, than yeah–there was no acting. WTF?

  28. vertes says:

    A number of people (I’m one) dislike horror films and will never watch them.
    I’ll bet that fewer people saw US than most of the other movies & that may account for Lupita’s omission from the nominees.
    J Lo’s constant self-promotion for a nomination was a turnoff. Yes, she learned to pole dance but how much “acting” did she do?

    • DiegoInSF says:

      They all self-promoted for an Oscar? And you only got a problem with the brown woman. Message received.

  29. Sarah says:

    Seen on Twitter.
    The Academy to Lupita : Sorry, we prefer you as a slave.
    AIn’t that the truth.

  30. CK says:

    I hate the critique that J.Lo was playing herself. Scar Jo, an actress, has 2 divorces (from creative white men) under her belt and has dinners with terrible people, and yet she got nominated twice for doing just that on film.

    I’m done with this award season. Picking up my ball and going home. It’s OscarSoWhite and OscarSoBoring as someone said in the other thread. They didn’t even nominated the white people doing daring work.

    • DS9 says:

      Leo has been playing the same role forever and I don’t hear all this smack talk

      And I feel ways about saying that the role of a thieving hustler is J.Lo playing herself. That’s telling. Who exactly do people think she is and why?

  31. Severine says:

    The entire point of this post is to say that too many white people were nominated and not enough POC/minorities. If whoever votes/decides on these nominations liked one performance over another perhaps it had nothing to do with color of someone’s skin or their ethnicity and everything to do with their acting chops. If I were a POC/minority the absolute last thing I would want is to win an award because of tokenism or “averages” or “leveling the playing field.” I’d want to win knowing that I gave a brilliant performance and that the other nominees in my category gave brilliant performances as well. And, if it is, in fact, older white men who make these decisions, then perhaps we should give less credence to the importance of the awards knowing that the nominations are not being made by a diverse group of people.

    • CK says:

      You write that as if white people haven’t showed us time and time again that racial bias affects even the smallest decisions.

    • Elle says:

      Severine, the point of the post was that POC actors gave equal or better performances than several of the actors nominated. For example, the cast of Parasite; Awkwafina; Alfre Woodard; Lupita; Eddie Murphy; etc.

      How would you feel if you gave the best performance and were not given a nomination? That’s what we’re talking about.

      • Severine says:

        Again, stating that POC actors gave equal or better performances is an opinion. It is not a fact, nor will it ever be a fact, no matter how many people might agree with that statement. I might like a performance better than you do. Neither of us is wrong, we just have different opinions. So long as this isn’t an Olympic sprint that you can measure with a timer, subjectivity in these nomination decisions will always exist. And I mean subjectivity, not bias. There is a difference.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Severine, historically and continuing into today, POC have been systematically shut out from opportunities white people enjoyed. Often murderously. This is why I can’t with Scarlett Johansson. It’s not a level playing field . . . why are we even discussing this. White is not the human default. Racism is everyday and mundane.

      Of course racial bias exists in these nominations. Read some Critical Race Theory. Racial bias permeates society. We’ve internalized it just as we’ve internalized sexism. Please consider what you’re saying.

      I’m wondering if you also think bias along the lines of sexism and classism doesn’t play a role.

      Lupita Nyong’o in Us … this is not an objective opinion. She was brilliant. Every review will tell you that. Nor should it be a controversial opinion. The Oscars not recognizing her is very weird unless we factor in misogynoir.

      Please do not discount people’s lived experiences of oppression. Racism is absolutely real.

  32. Margo Smith says:

    Maybe scarjo knew that people in Hollywood love that child molester woody, so she said all that. So gross.

  33. Naddie says:

    Just the distorted voice would be enough for Lupita to win. Upset but not surprised.

  34. Lili says:

    J.Lo is not good as an actress, just no! She is successful yes, and very driven and beautiful, but talented in acting she is not. So no, I dont think she deserved a nomination, she is just playing herself, always very well made, to look great like in all movies she makes, the movie is also mediocre, I hated it , and cannot believe people think that is a good movie. I am glad I watched on the plane as it did not deserve my money. As for Lupita and the other one I didnt watched it so I cannot give an opinion. I really liked the Marriage story story and The acting is good specially Adam Driver. Jojo rabbit I have not seen yet …

  35. DS9 says:

    I need everyone one of you saying J.Lo played herself to take a good hard look at exactly why you feel that way.

  36. VS says:

    Lupita and Awkwafina are the real snubs in my opinion; not JLO…….I thought she was mediocre and was surprised by the hype.
    What about Eddie Murphy……I am so surprised he was left out and Leo was included……

    Scarlett getting two nominations; I am like what? I am rooting for Adam Driver in Marriage Story; I thought he was mesmerizing but I think he will lose to Joaquin

    Renee winning for Judy is a disgrace; the movie was just garbage; I would rather they give it to Cynthia or even Scarlett by default. I think the leading actress group is pretty weak this year! so Renee has a good chance of taking it!

    Laura Dern is winning supporting actress…….

    I am really looking forward to who will win Best director and best picture

  37. Bread and Circuses says:

    Someone on Twitter said the other day that Scarlett Johannson caping for Woody Allen, Child-Rapist, might be WHY she gets all these parts and all this recognition.

    She can be counted on to side with the abusers, the patriarchy, and white supremacy, so the abusers/patricians/racists reward her.