The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced Monday morning, and they gave us one of the most frustrating lists of honorees on public record in recent history. But on the other hand, you might be happy to learn that South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s magnificent film Parasite has managed to clear any foreign language barriers and reigns as one of the most nominated films of the year. So, as the Bible says, the Academy giveth, and it taketh away.
Let’s unpack it all.
12 | DOLEMITE IS MY NAME DOESN’T EVEN GET A COSTUME DESIGN NOD?
The injustice. It became clear earlier this awards season that the Eddie Murphy starrer was one of the redheaded stepchildren, considering that it rarely received any attention. But you’d think after legendary costume designer Ruth E. Carter won for her brilliant work in Black Panther last year, she had clenched the respect of the Academy. Her detailed, retro styling in the Craig Brewer–directed ’70s-set comedy is just as fabulous as nominee Arianne Phillips’s threads for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and far more distinct than Mark Bridges’s nominated designs for Joker. A shame. The fact that Clay A. Griffith’s meticulous production design in Dolemite Is My Name couldn’t have even secured a nod, perhaps over The Irishman’s slot, also stings.