Oscar snubs & surprises: Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina shut out from acting nominations

Oscar snubs & surprises: Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina shut out from acting nominations

The announcement of nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards left some Hollywood stars and promising up-and-comers empty-handed Monday, with a roster of acting nominees that skewed white and the director nominees all male. Meanwhile, an R-rated character drama surprisingly screamed up a leading 11 nominations from an academy usually averse to comic-book legends.  “Joker” earned a Best Picture nomination, as well as nods for Best Director (Todd Phillips), Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, costumes, score, hair and makeup, and sound mixing and sound editing — a strong showing for the dark, violent drama (which nonetheless earned more than $1 billion at the box office). “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” and “1917” followed with 10 nominations apiece.  But many movie fans were dismayed by the list of talents left out. Notably, not a single female director made the cut this year. Golden Globe-winner Eddie Murphy in “Dolemite Is My Name”; Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Lopez in “Hustlers”; and Golden Globe-winner Awkwafina in “The Farewell” were shut out of the acting categories when the Academy Award nominations were announced. Netflix/Styx/A24 Best Director  Greta Gerwig, the most recent female Best Director nominee two years ago for “Lady Bird,” failed to repeat that honor this year for Best Picture nominee “Little Women” (though she did earn a screenwriting nomination). Neither, for that matter, did Olivia Wilde for directing “Booksmart” (a comedy that was shut out completely), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell,” also shut out), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), or Celine Sciamma (“Portrait of a Lady on Fire”).  The Academy Awards More “Joker” nominated for 11 Oscars; 3 other films get 10 nods each Oscar snubs & surprises: Big names shut out from nominations Scarlett Johansson earns first two Oscar nominations Oscars will be without a host for 2nd consecutive year How to watch Oscar shortlisted documentary features More in The Academy Awards  The director nominees instead were Phillips, Sam Mendes for “1917,” Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman,” and Bong Joon Ho for “Parasite.” “Congratulations to those men,” quipped presenter Issa Rae as she and John Cho announced the nominees Monday morning. Greta Gerwig directing Meryl Streep in “Little Women.”  Columbia Pictures Best Actor  In the Best Actor category, Eddie Murphy’s sparkling performance as a wannabe blaxpolitation star in “Dolemite Is My Name” and Jamie Foxx’s powerful turn as a wrongly convicted man in “Just Mercy” were both shut out. Also passed over were Robert De Niro’s rueful mob hitman in “The Irishman,” Golden Globe-winner Taron Egerton’s reincarnation of Elton John in “Rocketman,” Christian Bale’s race car driver in “Ford v Ferrari,” Adam Sandler in “Uncut Gems,” “Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse,” and Daniel Craig in