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Oscar is finally here and there are a few surprises, a few snubs and a few delicious ironies.

Updated: Jun 19

I will go through 14 of the major categories namely Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best International Feature Film, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Editing and Best Documentary Feature.


Thomas Vinterberg, "Another Round"

David Fincher, "Mank"

Lee Isaac Chung, "Minari"

Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland"

Emerald Fennell, "Promising Young Woman"

SURPRISE: Thomas Vinterberg for “ Another Round”.

Everyone expected this Danish film to make the cut for Best International Feature Film, however, Vinterberg’s inclusion in the Best Director category is one of those surprises that the Directors Branch springs on us every other year.

SNUB: Regina King for "One Night In Miami”

Widely forecast but not deserved. Well judged by the Directors Branch. Basically, a "filmed play", her direction was highly overrated.

SNUB: Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago Seven.”

Again, widely forecast but not deserved. The Directors Branch did well to leave this bloated talk-fest off the directors table.

SNUB: Spike Lee for "Da 5 Bloods".

The film was overlong, but many thought that Lee had a chance here. In fact, the Academy all but ignored the film, it's single nomination being Terence Blanchard's Best Original Score.

SNUB: African-American Fimmakers

Although the Academy clearly liked "Judas and the Black Messiah", giving it six nominations, including Best Picture, the Directors Branch did not recognize first time director Shaka King. In fact, no African-American director made the list.

MILESTONE: for the first time, two female directors make the cut,

Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland" and Emerald Fennell for "Promising Young Woman" make Oscar history being the sixth and seventh female directors to be nominated by the Academy.


Riz Ahmed, "Sound of Metal"

Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Anthony Hopkins, "The Father"

Gary Oldman, &qu