Oscars 2020: Nominations announcement under way

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Maybe it's just how the general state of things is affecting me lately, but the 2020 Academy Awards nominations honor the gloomiest, most despair-ridden slate of films I've seen since the 1970s, when movies in general were better than they are now.

There are nine nominees for best picture.

"I don't think it's a vote against female directors", he added.

"Little Women" acting nominee Florence Pugh told Variety she was "happy that everybody is upset" over Gerwig's snub.

Only one of the 20 acting nominees was a person of colour and that was Cynthia Erivo for her lead role as anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

Notable snubs included Eddie Murphy for blaxploitation biopic "Dolemite Is My Name", Jennifer Lopez for "Hustlers", Awkwafina for "The Farewell" and Lupita Nyong'o for "Us". However, the two-time Razzie victor missed out on a nomination despite rave reviews for her work in the film.

Oh, how naive I was going into this awards season with hope - truly a unsafe thing to have when you're a lifelong Oscar geek desperate for a reason to defend an institution that has been increasingly indefensible as of late.

But in a possible sign of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' increasingly global outlook, "Parasite" became just the sixth non-English language movie to be nominated for both best foreign-language film and best picture.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62.

While Antonio Banderas' place on the best actor list may not come as a surprise, this is the actor's first Acadamy Award nomination in his decades-long career.

"The Irishman" helped Netflix to 24 nominations - the first time it has ever topped the studio count.

A record 62 women, representing almost a third of nominees, were nominated for Academy Awards this year, but none for best director. Even last night, after a month of red flags by way of the Golden Globes and the SAG and BAFTA nominations, I felt compelled to argue that the Oscars' push for diversity would result in nominations that saved the season.

The nominees for documentary feature are: "American Factory"; "The Cave"; "The Edge of Democracy"; "For Sama"; "Honeyland".

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