Many tweets zero in on the lack of female directors recognized by the Academy—only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director, and only one has nabbed the prize (Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010). This year was no different, with five men claiming the directing slots.
Now presenting the Academy Award nominees for Best Director pic.twitter.com/OF2iEk3vcO
— Daniel Howat (@howatdk) January 13, 2020
Some of the year’s biggest films, including “Hustlers,” “Queen & Slim,” “Little Women,” and “The Farewell” were helmed by women in the director’s chair, yet they were all excluded from the Best Director category.
what’s missing from the best director category?
— Chelsea Cirruzzo ☕️ (@ChelseaCirruzzo) January 13, 2020
Others used the lack of female direction nods to poke fun at “Joker,” which led the pack with 11 nominations.
If Joaquin wins the Oscar, the character of the Joker will have more acting Oscars (2) than women have directing Oscars (1).
— Caroline Siede (@CarolineSiede) January 13, 2020
Many voiced their frustration with the Academy over the lack of cultural diversity among nominees. Only one nonwhite actor, Cynthia Erivo of “Harriet,” was recognized in an acting category, harkening back to #OscarsSoWhite.
— michael jones (@Aaspieguy) January 13, 2020
Tons of social media outrage was directed towards Jennifer Lopez’s snub for her role in “Hustlers,” which has earned the 50-year-old actress nods from the SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Golden Globes.
J Lo should move her halftime show to same night as the Oscars
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 13, 2020
Another shocking omission was “Uncut Gems,” which didn’t get any Oscar love. Adam Sandler, who previously threatened to make a movie that is “so bad on purpose” if he didn’t snag a nod, didn’t seem to take the news too hard.
Bad news: Sandman gets no love from the Academy.
Good news: Sandman can stop wearing suits.
Congrats to all my friends who got nominated, especially Mama. pic.twitter.com/o1Ep3E7GRB
— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) January 13, 2020
Still, some used Sandler’s over-the-top reactions from the film to dismiss the entire list of nominees.
The Academy: [presents nominations]
— Brett ______ (@BrettRedacted) January 13, 2020
The Academy Awards air on February 9—tune in to see who takes home the trophies!