Jennifer Lopez’s tour-de-force performance as den mother, PETA-defier, aerial artist, and champion of sex workers in Hustlers.
Awkwafina’s listless, emotive star-turn in The Farewell. And Zhao Shuzhen’s joyful, memorable work as Nai Nai. And Diana Lin’s radically underrated performance as Lu Jian, Awkwafina’s character’s mother.
Lupita Nyong’o in Us. Ana De Armas in Knives Out. Alfre Woodard in Clemency. Beanie Feldstein in Booksmart. Lee Jung Eun and Cho Yeo Jeong in Parasite. Sure, there isn’t room to nominate every woman who was superb. But there was seemingly plenty of room for half the blond actresses in Hollywood—and almost every 50+ man.
And that’s not all, folks: Ruth E. Carter, who rocked the silver screen with her costumes and subsequent win for 2018’s Black Panther, was shut out this year for her work on Dolemite Is My Name. Even Beyoncé got snubbed: Her song Spirit, written for the live-action Lion King, didn’t get a nod.
In happier news, Cynthia Erivo got a nomination for “Stand Up,” the song she both performed and wrote for Harriet. And songwriter Diane Warren, who spent last year being dragged into interviews and asked whether the Ally songs in A Star Is Born are supposed to be good, got her comeuppance: Her song “I’m Standing With You,” from the movie Breakthrough, got a nomination. It’s Warren’s 11th (!) Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, and could be her first win.
Finally, some justice for “Why Did You Do That” (to me).
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @JeanValjenny.