WEEK IN WOMEN: Oscar Noms Lack Diversity, Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced widespread criticism for the dearth of diversity among the top nominees as well as the exclusion female filmmakers at its upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards to be held February 9.

Male-dominated titles dominated the Oscars field when the nominations were revealed: Todd Phillips’ R-rated smash Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a failed mentally ill comedian who turns to crime and eventually becomes Batman’s nemesis, nabbed a leading Oscar 11 nominations and became just the second comic-book movie nominated for best picture, following 2018’s Black Panther.

Quentin Taratino’s revisionist ode Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood boasts 10 Oscar nominations, tying it with Sam Mendes’ first-person World War I odyssey 1917 as well as Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic The Irishman.

The nine best picture nominees this year are Joker, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, The Irishman, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and Parasite. The male directors of The Irishman, Joker, 1917, Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood and Parasite were nominated, but Little Women helmer, Greta Gerwig, was snubbed.

In the four acting categories, only one performer of color is nominated: Cynthia Erivo for her portray of former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet.

Performers such as Alfre Woodard for Clemency, Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Eddie Murphy for Dolemite Is My Name, previous Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy, previous Oscar victor Lupita Nyong’o for Us and Golden Globe winner Awkwafina for The Farewell were all considered possible contenders but were snubbed. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.