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14 Thoughts On The 2020 Oscar Nominations

Farewell Peanut Rocketm

1. The biggest and best surprise of the 2020 nominations was Florence Pugh nabbing a best supporting actress nom for “Little Women.” Pugh had herself a monster 2019 with 3 incredible performances in “Midsommar,” “Fighting With My Family” and “Little Women.”

2. “Ford V Ferrari” picked up 4 nominations and yet the best part of the entire film (Christian Bale) failed to get nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Puzzling indeed.

3. Admittedly, the Best Actor category was quite crowded this year, but it’s still a shame that Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) and Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”) were overlooked.

4. In my humble opinion, the biggest snubs were both “Uncut Gems” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon” being completely shut out. Now, I wasn’t expecting a mass amount of noms for either, but Best Screenplay for both should have been a given, Best Picture for “Uncut Gems” was certainly possible, and while a longshot, Adam Sandler would have made my Best Actor list.

5. Awkwafina’s dramatic work in “The Farewell” was among my favorite performances of 2019, but she was sadly snubbed in the Best Actress category.

6. If it were up to me, Jennifer Lopez would get the statue for her supporting role in “Hustlers,” but somehow she wasn’t even nominated. Baffling.

7. Rian Johnson did get nominated for Best Screenplay and deservedly so, but “Knives Out” missing the Best Picture cut is a mystery worthy of Benoit Blanc.

8. Great to see Parasite picking up a whopping 6 nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Bong Joon Ho. Granted, it was likely going to happen, but the film deserves all the accolades.

9. The Best Original Song category somehow didn’t include the best original song with “Glasgow” from the underrated “Wild Rose.”

10. It’s always neat to see someone picking up multiple noms and Scarlett Johansson did just that as she was nominated for Best Actress for “Marriage Story” and Best Supporting Actress for “Jojo Rabbit.”

11. It was a foregone conclusion that “The Joker” would be getting several noms, but no one saw the Todd Phillips film picking up a total of 11 nominations (the most ever for a comic book film).

12. John Williams picking up his 52nd nomination for his “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” score certainly brought a smile to my face. The man is a legend.

13. I knew Margot Robbie would pick up a nom, but I was surprised to see it was for “Bombshell” and not “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.” Personally, I think it was the right move as Robbie had more depth in “Bombshell.”

14. “Portrait Of A Lady On Fire” not being nominated for Best International Film was yet another head-scratcher.

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