- Frozen 2, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, was not nominated for best animated film.
- The Farewell has been making waves this awards season, including star Awkwafina winning a Golden Globe for her performance—the first Asian actress to win a best actress Globe. It was completely shut out of Oscar nominations.
- Lupita Nyong'o missed out on a best actress nomination for her critically acclaimed turn in Us, playing not one but two characters.
- Charlize Theron was nominated for best actress for her role as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, and Margot Robbie got a supporting actress nod for her role playing a composite character in the film, but Nicole Kidman, who played Gretchen Carlson, was overlooked.
- Only men were nominated in the best director category, which Insecure star Issa Rae made note of while announcing the nominees alongside John Cho. "Congratulations to those men," said a straight-faced Rae after reading off the five names. Decider notes many on Twitter were applauding Rae, with film writer Ellen E Jones tweeting that the actress had "already summed up Oscars 2020." Notably, Greta Gerwig's omission for Little Women was making pretty much every "Oscar snubs" list.
- At the Golden Globes, Eddie Murphy "surprisingly lost" to Rocketman's Taron Egerton in the best actor race. USAT predicts that had he won, he would have nabbed an Oscars nod for his role in Dolemite Is My Name; as it is, he was left behind.
- But even Egerton was left out of the best actor Oscar nods, with Variety noting, "it doesn't seem fair that Rami Malek, who lip-synced as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, would win last year's best actor Oscar, while Egerton—who really did sing all of [Elton] John's songs—didn't get nominated."
- Also shut out of the best actor race: Adam Sandler for his critically acclaimed role in Uncut Gems.
- While 1917 was nominated 10 times, none of those nods were in acting categories. Variety says that's particularly "odd" when it comes to George MacKay, "who carries every scene of this World War I saga directed in two long takes."
As for #OscarsSoWhite, the Hollywood Reporter
notes that after 2019's "historic strides" for women and minorities at the awards, this year's Oscars are "almost so white." (Read more Oscar nominations 2020