Johnson received a nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category for his whodunit murder mystery
Like every year, the 2020 Oscar nominations shut out major films and contenders — and Rian Johnson, who received a nomination for his “Knives Out” screenplay, would’ve liked to see both Greta Gerwig and “Uncut Gems” get nominations.
“There were so many things this year that I adored: ‘Uncut Gems,’ I would’ve loved to see that [get nominated], and I think Greta [Gerwig] did such a wonderful job with ‘Little Women.’ Every single year, it’s always a mixed bag,” Johnson told TheWrap following his nomination. “I would’ve loved to see ‘Uncut Gems’ get some love. People are going to watch that movie for years to come, it’s an undeniable piece of work, it’s already going down in the history of movies.”
Gerwig and other female directors were once again shut out this year, although there were films like Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” and Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy” to choose from.
Johnson was particularly excited to see Bong Joon Ho get several nominations for “Parasite,” including Best Feature and Best Director.
“I am so thrilled that director Bong is getting the attention he’s getting,” Johnson said. “I’ve been a fan of his forever. Also, that Noah Baumbach is getting attention for ‘Marriage Story’ warms my heart. I was also thrilled for ‘The Lighthouse.’ It’s always cool when you see little movies that went for something different get love.”
Johnson was nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category alongside “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” and “Parasite.” This is Johnson’s first Oscar nomination. Not only is Johnson among good company, but he never dreamed that his passion project of a whodunit murder mystery would receive an Oscar nod.
“This came from wanting to do something I love that audiences would have a great time watching,” Johnson said about his film. “I never thought we’d be in the conversation. It’s surreal, I can’t wrap my head around it. We all grew up watching the Oscars on TV with our parents, and the notion of just being part of that somehow is just so surreal to me.”
Snub: Greta Gerwig, "Little Women" (Best Director) -- The Academy failed to nominate any female directors this year, which is bound to be a topic of conversation as the award show approaches. Greta Gerwig's retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic "Little Women" didn't land the director her second directing Oscar nomination since 2017's "Lady Bird," despite the film nabbing a nomination for best adapted screenplay.
Surprise: "Parasite" -- Director Bong Joon Ho's film became the first South Korean film to receive a nomination -- and managed to land a remarkable six nods altogether, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
Snub: Awkwafina, "The Farewell" (Best Actress) -- Despite winning the Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in "The Farewell," Nora Lum, better known as Awkwafina, was left out of Oscar contention. The true story about a lie a family tells their dying matriarch was Awkwafina's first dramatic turn on screen.
Surprise: Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell" (Best Supporting Actress) -- Kathy Bates snuck in to nab a supporting actress nomination from fan favorite Jennifer Lopez. Bates turned in a stellar emotional performance as Richard Jewell's mother in the Clint Eastwood's film about the Atlanta Bombing investigation.
Snub: Robert De Niro (Best Actor) -- He may be the title character in Martin Scorsese's true-life crime epic, but the acclaimed actor failed to land one of the film's 10 nominations.
Snub: Jennifer Lopez, "Hustlers" (Best Supporting Actress) -- J. Lo turned in a dominating performance as the ringleader of a group of former strippers who steal millions from rich men. Lopez's performance garnered her a Golden Globe nomination, but she was overlooked by the Academy despite a seemingly strong level of support from the film community. The snub isn't Jenny's first time around the block. She was similarly passed over for her lead role in 1998's "Selena."
Surprise: "The Lighthouse" (Best Cinematography) -- The black-and-white indie with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe landed just a single nomination, for Jarin Blaschke's black-and-white cinematography.
Snub: "Dolemite Is My Name" (Costume Design) -- Legendary costume designer Ruth Carter didn't land a nomination for her work on Netflix's biopic, despite being expected too. She won the category last year for her costume work on Disney's "Black Panther," and was the first African American to win the award.
Surprise: "Klaus" (Best Animated Feature) -- Netflix nabbed two animated feature nominations, with "Klaus" clawing its way into contention and knocking Disney's "Frozen II" out of the race.
Snub: "Frozen II" (Best Animated Feature) -- The sequel to Disney's biggest animated hit was considered a lock for a nomination -- but it lost out to lesser known cartoons like "I Lost My Body" and "Klaus."
Snub: Jamie Foxx (Best Supporting Actor) -- The actor, who won Best Actor for "Ray" in 2005, had been getting major acclaim for his work as a man on death row for a crime he did not commit in "Just Mercy."
Surprise: John Williams (Best Original Score) -- At age 87, the composer landed his record 52nd nomination for his work on "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."
Snub: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Best Original Song -- The Grammy-winning songstress was widely expected to earn a nomination for "Spirit," the song she wrote for Disney's "The Lion King" remake in which she also voiced the role of Nala. But Academy voters looked elsewhere.
Snub: "Uncut Gems" -- The Netflix drama has won multiple critics prizes for directors Benny and Josh Safdie's direction as well as lead actor Adam Sandler -- but the Academy seemed unimpressed.
No female directors are nominated, and Netflix’s “Klaus” knocks out Disney’s “Frozen II” for Best Animated Feature
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