The Academy Awards 2020 Lack Diversity With No Women Nominated For Best Director

The Academy Awards 2020 has arrived and yet again we are faced with a lack of diversity as not one woman makes the cut for Best Director. 

It’s that time of year again. The Academy has spoken. The Oscar’s are on their way. 

It’s the most renowned award ceremony of all and watched by an estimated 30 million people and for good reason too – because every actor dreams of the day they are nominated for the elusive gold statue.

Well, today, those dreams have become a reality as The Academy announced this year’s Oscar Nominations, and sadly, the all too familiar issue of the lack of the diversity at the Academy Awards is back.

Leading the pack, with an incredible 11 Oscar nominations is Todd Phillips’ critically acclaimed and controversial film Joker, which has been nominated for Best Picture and has seen Jaoquin Phoenix pick up his fourth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in the gritty origin story. 

Plenty of excellent films up for Best Picture but worrying trend of lack of diversity with The Academy Awards continues
Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Joker.
Credit: Warner Bros

Just behind Joker, is Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman which are both tied with 10 nominations each. Tarantino’s epic earning himself his third nomination for Best Director, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt have also been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively for their work on the film. Martin Scorsese is also up for Best Director and Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, who both turn in superb performances in The Irishman have both been nominated for Best Supporting Actor along Pitt. 

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) , Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell) and Renée Zellweger have all been nominated for Best Actress, with Zellweger expected to take home the statue after her mesmerising performance as Judy Garland in Judy. Johansson has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, alongside Florence Pugh (Little Women), Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Margot Robbie (Bombshell) and Laura Dern, who recently won the Golden Globe for her performance in Marriage Story. 

As always, there are plenty of performances that fans feel have been overlooked, with plenty of Adam Sandler fans angry that he didn’t receive a nom for his brilliant performance in Uncut Gems and others feel Lupita Nyong’o’s terrifying and creepy performance in Jordan Peele’s Us was also worthy of an Oscar nom. In fact, Nyong’o’s and Jennifer Lopez’s omissions from the Best Actress categories for their work on Us and Hustlers have once again shown the lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Award nominations.

As well as the lack of people of colour in the acting categories, all five of the Best Director nominations have been awarded to men – for the third year in a row. This is again highlighting the lack of diversity for Hollywood’s most coveted prize, especially as Greta Gerwig’s Little Women has been nominated for Best Picture, she herself has missed out on a Best Director nomination. 

Sadly, the worrying trend of the Academy Awards ignoring the issue and importance of diversity within the arts is continuing.

Academy Awards Quick Summary: 

Best Picture: 

Ford V Ferrari 

The Irishman 

Jojo Rabbit 


Little Women

Marriage Story 


Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood


Best Director: 

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman 

Todd Phillips – Joker 

Sam Mendes – 1917 

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood 

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite 

Best Actress: 

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story 

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet 

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women 

Charlize Theron –Bombshell 

Renée Zellweger – Judy 

Best Actor: 

Antonio Banderas – Pain And Glory 

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood 

Adam Driver – Marriage Story 

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker 

Jonathan Pryce – The 2 Popes 

Best Supporting Actress: 

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell 

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit 

Florence Pugh – Little Women 

Margot Robbie – Bombshell 

Best Supporting Actor: 

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood 

Anthony Hopkins – The 2 Popes 

Al Pacino – The Irishman 

Joe Pesci – The Irishman 

Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. 

For the full list of Academy Award nominations, click here.

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