Twitterati Decry Lack of Diversity Among 2020 Oscar Nominees

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on 9 February.

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, but before the awards show can actually be held, we need to know the nominees. This is the 12th time an actor has pulled off the feat.

Nominations have been announced in eight categories so far, with the remaining 16 shortlists to follow shortly.

Laura Dern, now a three-time Oscar nominee, will likewise finally score a win, for her role as the comically conniving divorce lawyer in "Marriage Story". That snarky old line - "Did this picture direct itself?" - no more applies to her than it does to her partner Noah Baumbach, who failed to get a Best Director nod to go with the Best Picture one for "Marriage Story".

"Scarlett Johansson was nominated TWICE and yet Lupita Nyong'o didn't get an Oscar nomination for playing TWO incredible roles in the same movie", one user questioned. Mary J. Blige did it in 2018 for Mudbound and Lady Gaga did it previous year for A Star Is Born.

Many Twitter users expressed disappointment that for the second year in a row, no women were nominated for the Best Director category, whose contestants this year are Scorsese, Tarantino, Mendes, Phillips and "Parasite" director Bong Joon Ho. The academy has nominated only men for best director in all but five years, and 2020 is no exception.

A dark satire about the gap between rich and poor, it was the first South Korean movie to be nominated in both the best picture and best worldwide film categories. With Apollo 11 out of the picture, the award looks likely to go to For Sama (the other nominees are American Factory, The Cave, The Edge of Democracy, and Honeyland). "It makes me feel very, very very young", Banderas said in an interview.

And let's hear it for Kathy Bates, the oldest actress nominated this year, for her role in Richard Jewell.

All together, that's a whopping 24 nominations for the streaming service.

One of the biggest surprises this year was Parasite landing a nomination for best picture.

After losing to Missing Link at the Golden Globes for Best Animated Film, Frozen 2 was completely left out of the Oscar nominees for the same category.

Thomas Newman, nominated for best original score for his work on 1917, is part of an extended family film-scoring dynasty with almost 100 nominations between them. His father, Alfred Newman, won nine Oscars in 43 nominations.

The Oscars has a pretty bad track record with recognising female directors. John Williams got his 52nd on Monday morning - 47 for music scoring and five for original song. The actor portrays the real-life actor Dolemite with humour and tint of pathos, yet was unable to secure an Oscar nomination. "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" came out July 25.