Nominees Please! The I-Forget-How-Long-I’ve-Done-This-For Annual ForgotScars


I get the whole “Oscar so white” thing. I get it every year, and this year is no different. Many of the snubs this morning were from those of color, but there were other omissions that really made no sense at all. I also get the lack of women represented in the Best Director category though this year, in my opinion, I think the work of the nominees were simply better. Still, opportunity needs to knock more for these constant omissions to stop.

We debate Oscar choices every year. In my opinion, it’s a travesty that Taron Egerton isn’t even nominated for Rocketman when he not only fully immersed himself in everything Elton but every sang every damn one of his songs. I say this intentionally to discredit the misguided love for last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody, where Best Actor winner Rami Malek won even though the film was lackluster IMO and his performance, while very good, wasn’t truly – to use a terrible word hipster overused years ago – “epic.” And yes, he didn’t sing Freddie Mercury’s songs himself. Neither did Jamie Foxx for but you never once didn’t think he wasn’t Ray Charles. Can’t say the same for Malek. Anyway, I digress. Though, it does bring me to the fact that Bohemian also won Best Editing last year when, if you Google it just for proof, has the worst editing of any film last year. Reason I bring that up? 1917, which was nominated for 10 Oscars this morning, didn’t even land a nod this year in that category and it’s one groundbreaking continuous shot. Who just shouted “bullshit?” Oh, it was me. Anyway, there were other snubs that bothered me so, as I do every year, I’ve compiled them in a list I call “The Forgotscars” – a compilation of the top categories consisting only of those left out. It’s the real list of nominees where the nominees are already so-called losers and I never declare winners because it’s all subjective anyway. So here it goes. Congrats to all the nominees of this thing I do.

Best Picture
Rocketman
Uncut Gems
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Knives Out
The Farewell

Best Actor
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Eddie Murphy – Dolemite is My Name
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Robert De Niro – The Irishman
Christian Bale – Ford v. Ferrari

Best Actress
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Emma Thompson – Late Night
Alfre Woodard – Clemency
Elisabeth Moss -Her Smell

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell
Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actor
Song Kang-ho – Parasite
Alan Alda – Marriage Story
Jamie Bell – Rocketman
Timothy Chalamet – Little Women
Chris Cooper – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Director
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
James Mangold – Ford v. Ferrari
Benny Safdie/Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems
Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit