Biggest 2020 Oscar Snubs

The nominees for the 2020 Academy Awards have been announced, and just like every year there have been surprises, shocks and controversies. Since the announcements, the film community has been thrown into a debate about who deserved to be on the nominees list but wasn’t.

Just like everyone we were also shocked by some of the Academy’s decision, so here is our list of the most shocking snubs this year.

Lupita Nyong’o – Best Actress

There’s no doubt that Lupita Nyong’o’s performance in Jordan Peele’s Us was breathtaking, memorable, and most of all deserving of an Oscar nomination. Some might argue that the line up in that category is quite strong while others might counter with the argument the the Oscars have shown a bias against the horror genre. Which ever way you see it that performance deserved a nod.

Jennifer Lopez – Best Supporting Actress

This was one of the genuine shocks of the nominee announcement, J-Lo had gathered a lot of buzz for her magnetic performance in Hustlers, and many were already tipping her for the outright win. Shockingly, she was omitted and this hasn’t gone down with a lot of fans and celebrities, most notably Tyler Perry who has already spoken out against it.

Adam Sandler – Best Actor

Adam Sandler delivered the best performance of his career as a a Jewish-American Diamond District jeweler who is addicted to gambling in the movie Uncut Gems. Despite the category being crowded, such performance deserves recognition.

Robert De Niro – Best Actor

One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro, delivered a masterful performance, anchoring Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece The Irishman. De Niro’s performance held the best picture nominee together, and his snub is even more shocking when you realise that the two main supporting actors, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino received nominations.

Eddy Murphy – Best actor

Eddy Murphy’s performance as Rudy Ray Moore reminded us how talented the actor is. An Oscar nomination was supposed to be the culmination of his glorious comeback to comedy, but unfortunately the academy was not having any of it.

Taron Egerton – Best Actor

It felt like the Oscars didn’t want to seem repetitive after giving Rami Malek the award for best actor for a somewhat similar performance. However Egerton’s snub is quite baffling because he arguably delivered a better performance as he absolutely embodied the character of Elton John. The academy definitely has some questions to answer here.

Frozen 2 – Best Animated Feature Film

After the huge success of its first installment, all eyes was on Frozen 2 to best its predecessor. All had been going to plan with both critical and box office success, but trust the Oscars to spoil the party with a snub. This was definitely an absolute shock.

Beyoncé’s “Spirit” – Best Original song

Sincerely, this was a hugely contested category considering the fact that 11-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren was nominated for “I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough and 20-time nominee and two-time winner Randy Newman got the nod for “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4. However, you just cannot overlook Beyoncé.

Greta Gerwig – Best Director

Despite the number of big nominations received by Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Best Adapted Screenplay (Gerwig) and Best Picture, she just could not find her way into the all male best director category. The Oscars never disappoint….SMH.


Despite its acclaim as one of the best films of the year by critics since its debut at Sundance last January and its nominations at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Critics’ Choice, Parasite failed to receive a single nod at the Oscars. This snub is highlighted by Awkwafina’s best actress snub.

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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