For film buffs, Oscar nomination day can be a bit of a roller coaster. Coming on the heels of the frequently wacky Golden Globes there is always a flicker of hope that the Academy will make good choices. Far more often than that though, the nominees are exactly what everyone pessimistically predicted plus a few surprises that are also usually bad.
2020 was no exception as beloved films such as ‘Knives Out’ and ‘Little Women’ underperformed while ‘The Farewell’ and ‘Uncut Gems’ were excluded entirely. Conversely the film that led all others in total nominations was the highly divisive ‘Joker.’ It wasn’t all bad news though, the Documentary branch nominated 4 women and 4 foreign language films in their category and ‘I Lost My Body’ found its way into the animated feature nominees after being snubbed by the Golden Globes.
Just like last year, I’m breaking down the nominations in the major categories. If you’re interested in how I did last year, check it out here. Without further ado, the nominees are:
Imagine, you’re seated in a dark theater, the final previews have come to a close and the screen lights up with the outlines of a cat’s face in the clouds. Suddenly the evil magic cat Macavity appears beside you and in a flash you’ve been transported to a barge on the river Thames. Sure Macavity and his evil henchman (henchcat?) might force you to walk the plank, but this is still certainly a better fate than sitting through even a moment more of Tom Hooper’s ‘Cats.’