It looks like Awkwafina’s Oscar dreams have been crushed.
Despite making history at last week’s Golden Globes for becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win Lead Actress in a Musical/Comedy for her performance in The Farewell, Awkwafina was shut out of the Best Actress category. That sucks, we know.
Had Awkwafina been nominated, she would’ve been the 10th Asian actor to do so in the Oscars’ 92 year-history. So far only three Asians actors have won: Miyoshi Umeki (1957’s Sayonara), Ben Kingsley (1982’s Gandhi), Haing S. Ngor (1984’s The Killing Fields).
But on the bright side, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite became the second Asian movie to be nominated for Best Picture and Best International Film. (formerly Best Foreign Language Film). The first was 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Bong’s dark comedy-thriller, starring Song Kang-Ho as the head of a family of scammers, also picked up Best Director, Film Editing, Best Original Screenplay, and Production Design.
The members of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science really, really, love the gritty comic-book-inspired Joker: it received the most nominations of 11, including Best Picture, Best Director (Todd Phillips), and Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix).
Elsewhere, Barack and Michelle Obama picked up their first Oscar nomination via their Higher Ground production company, for American Factory, which is in the running for Best Documentary.
The Academy also are big fans of Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, The Irishman, and 1917, all of which earned 10 nominations. They’re also very impressed by Scarlett Johansson: she’s vying for Best Actress (Marriage Story) and Best Supporting Actress (JoJo Rabbit).
The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb 10 (Singapore time, 9am), and like last year’s event, it will go host-less. At press time, no word on which channel will carry the Oscars live here. Last year’s show wasn’t aired live in South-east Asia (except Thailand) over rights issues.
Meanwhile, here are the nominations in the major categories.
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood
Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy
Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Toy Story 4
For the complete list of nominations, click here.