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.
6 | SPEAKING OF WHICH, IN WHAT WORLD IS KATHY BATES’S PERFORMANCE IN RICHARD JEWELL BETTER THAN JENNIFER LOPEZ’S IN HUSTLERS?
Kathy Bates has been a remarkable actress for decades, and she is far better than her performance in the middling Richard Jewell. Full stop. Lopez, however, brings such a breathless, seemingly effortless blend of manic desperation, sincerity, and deviance to Hustlers that to nominate anyone else who doesn’t bring at least that caliber to the screen is just a crime.