#OscarsSoWhite: Women, actors of colour snubbed from Oscar noms; Academy faces massive backlash

Oscar nominations on Monday featured all male filmmakers in their directing category.

#OscarsSoWhite: Women, actors of colour snubbed from Oscar noms; Academy faces massive backlash
LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is facing criticism for excluding women directors and some worthy performances from actors of colour in its nominations.

Oscar nominations on Monday featured all male filmmakers in their directing category, which critics say was a repeat of the 2017 #Oscarssowhite controversy.

Greta Gerwig, whose 'Lady Bird' follow-up 'Little Women' earned six nods, including best actress for Saoirse Ronan and best supporting actress for Florence Pugh, was overlooked for best director consideration.


Gerwig, however, received a nomination in the adapted screenplay category.

Ronan, who picked up her fourth career Oscar nomination, said Greta's omission left her "scratching (her) head a bit."

"But to me, Greta, since she started, has made two perfect films, and I hope when she makes her next perfect movie, she gets recognised for everything, because I think she's one of the most important filmmakers of our time," Ronan told Deadline.
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Pugh said Gerwig's snub was a "big blow, especially because she created a film that is so her and so unique and it's just come out of her, and it's been a story she's wanted to do for so long."

But it was not just Gerwig.

Female filmmakers like Olivia Wilde ('Booksmart'), Lulu Wang ('The Farewell'), Joanna Hogg ('The Souvenir'), Lorene Scafaria ('Hustlers'), Marielle Heller ('A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood') and Celine Sciamma ('Portrait of a Lady on Fire') were all sidelined.

The stars of these films have also been overlooked, most notably Awkwafina of 'The Farewell' as she recently scripted history by becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for best actress - comedy or musical.
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Jennifer Lopez of 'The Hustlers' was another actor who was overlooked for her performance as veteran stripper who takes Constance Wu's Destiny under her wings.

Among the prominent black faces of Hollywood, Oscar winners Lupita Nyong'o ('Us') and Jamie Foxx ('Just Mercy') lost out on nods in best actress and best supporting actor categories.
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Eddie Murphy and his Netflix feature 'Dolemite Is My Name' also received cold shoulder from the Academy voters as the movie did not receive even one nod.

The Academy Awards, however, did take steps towards by inclusitvity, unlike its British counterpart the BAFTAs, which had no actor of colour in their acting categories.

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' scripted history by becoming the first Asian feature to be nominated in the best picture category. The movie received a total of six nominations.

British actor Cynthia Erivo, overlooked by BAFTAs for best actress consideration, landed an Oscar nod.

Antonio Banderas of 'Pain and Glory' also managed to receive a nomination in the best actor category.

Lady Gaga, Rami Malek, 'Green Book': Who Won What At Oscars 2019
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The 91st Oscars kicked-off on Sunday in Los Angeles. The biggest award night of the entertainment world went live without a host for the first time but that did not affect the thrill in fans when the names of winners were announced.

From Lady Gaga's first-ever Oscar victory to Hannah Beachler and Ruth E. Carter's historical win for black women, this year's trophies had some new names carved on them. India, too, made headlines with 'Period. End Of Sentence.'.

If you couldn't catch the big entertainment gala live, we've compiled a list of all the winners of this year's Academy Awards.

The 91st Oscars kicked-off on Sunday in Los Angeles. The biggest award night of the entertainment world went live without a host for the first time but that did not affect the thrill in fans when the..
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This year's best picture award was bagged by Peter Farrelly's directorial 'Green Book'.

Set in 1962, it's based on a true story of a tour of the Deep South by African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley played by Mahershala Ali. His Italian-American bouncer and driver was played by Viggo Mortensen.

Earlier, the movie won the People's Choice Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year.

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This year's best picture award was bagged by Peter Farrelly's directorial 'Green Book'. Set in 1962, it's based on a true story of a tour of the Deep South by African-American classical and jazz pian..
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Alfonso Cuaron's directorial 'Roma' was declared the best foreign film at Oscars this year. The Mexican drama, this year's best director award winner tells, is a brilliant tale of love and sacrifice through a lens which Hollywood usually ignores.

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Alfonso Cuaron's directorial 'Roma' was declared the best foreign film at Oscars this year. The Mexican drama, this year's best director award winner tells, is a brilliant tale of love and sacrifice ..
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An animated extension of the Spider-man franchise, 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' won a top honour at the Oscars. The movie was declared the best animated film feature this year.

Produced by The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the movie featured a new teenage spider-man.

An animated extension of the Spider-man franchise, 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse' won a top honour at the Oscars. The movie was declared the best animated film feature this year.Produced by The ..
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Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' was nominated in seven categories this year and bagged three Oscars, one of them for best original score. It is the first superhero movie to win this award.

Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' was nominated in seven categories this year and bagged three Oscars, one of them for best original score. It is the first superhero movie to win this award.

'Period. End of Sentence.' bagged the best documentary short subject award at Oscars this year. Set in the Hapur district outside of Delhi, this documentary focuses on the deeply-rooted stigma against menstruation. It was co-produced by Guneet Monga and directed by Rayka Zehtabchi.

'Period. End of Sentence.' bagged the best documentary short subject award at Oscars this year. Set in the Hapur district outside of Delhi, this documentary focuses on the deeply-rooted stigma agains..
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The Best Production Design award this year was bagged by Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther'. This was the second award for this movie at Oscars.

The Best Production Design award this year was bagged by Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther'. This was the second award for this movie at Oscars.

The best makeup and hairstylling Oscar this year was bagged by 'Vice'.

The best makeup and hairstylling Oscar this year was bagged by 'Vice'.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' bagged awards in the sound category. The movie took home top honour for best sound editing this year.

The movie also won the best sound mixing award at this year's Oscars.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' bagged awards in the sound category. The movie took home top honour for best sound editing this year.The movie also won the best sound mixing award at this year's Oscars.

Visual effects are an element that takes a movie to a whole new level. This year, 'First Man' bagged the Oscar for best visual effects.

Visual effects are an element that takes a movie to a whole new level. This year, 'First Man' bagged the Oscar for best visual effects.
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