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Twitterati Decry Lack of Diversity Among 2020 Oscar Nominees

Adrian Cunningham | 14 January, 2020, 07:07

This is the 12th time an actor has pulled off the feat. No one has ever won two acting awards in the same year.

In an industry criticized for its lack of diversity, the Oscars picked only one non-white acting nominee - British star Cynthia Erivo, who plays U.S. anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman in "Harriet". "Knives Out" got a lone nomination for original screenplay. Mary J. Blige did it in 2018 for "Mudbound" and Lady Gaga did it a year ago for "A Star Is Born". Twitter users were especially enraged that Greta Gerwig was not nominated for directing "Little Women", the latest film version of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1868 novel.

Netflix has been on a mission over the past few years to convince A-list actors and A-list directors to work with them and still have an opportunity to win an Oscar, CG42 founder and managing partner Stephen Beck said on Fox Business.

With her best actress nod for "Little Women", Saiorse Ronan has been nominated for four Oscars despite being just 25. The youngest to be nominated for the fourth time was Jennifer Lawrence at 24 in 2015.

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Among the various categories voted upon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, nine films were selected for best picture, including James Mangold's sports action film Ford v Ferrari, Martin Scorsese's gangster testament The Irishman, Taika Waititi's Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit, Noah Baumbach's intimate divorce drama Marriage Story and Todd Phillips' dark comic thriller Joker.

Don't believe me? Watch 1976's "Taxi Driver" and last year's "Joker" in tandem. "Frozen 2" wasn't nominated for animated feature. His uncle, Lionel Newman, is an Oscar victor and his brother David Newman is an Oscar nominee. The actor portrays the real-life actor Dolemite with humour and tint of pathos, yet was unable to secure an Oscar nomination. John Williams got his 52nd on Monday morning - 47 for music scoring and five for original song. Both fall short of Walt Disney, however, who had 59.

"There was a lot of conversation about which way to go, and there may be a day when we decide to have a host again, but the focus has been on the most entertaining show and not on the host", ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke told reporters last week, according to USA Today.

There really is an Oscar season.