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.
9 | THE MAGNIFICENT AD ASTRA EARNED JUST ONE NOMINATION.
Not to compare two space movies, but last year, First Man was nominated for four Oscars (winning one), and this year the much more excellent—and at one point, universally lauded—Ad Astra earns just one? Director/co-writer James Gray’s epic film totally deserves to win its sound editing category, but star Brad Pitt (who’s had a hell of a year with this and the fantastic Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) is overlooked, as well as all other technical achievements in this film. I call BS.