Just a few weeks ago, Awkwafina made history as the first woman of Asian descent to win a Best Actress award at the Golden Globes. This morning, the 2020 Oscar nominations were announced and not only was Awkwafina snubbed from the list but so was Jennifer Lopez, Lupita Nyong’o and other great performances by actors of color.
Despite all the talk of diversity and representation, a majority of Oscar nominees were “portraits of toxic masculinity and the tortured male psyche”
“Awkwafina’s snub is particularly disappointing — though not surprising — given the Academy’s track record. With Awkwafina out of the running, 2020 will mark the 85th year without a nominee of Asian descent. Only one woman of Asian descent has ever been nominated in the Best Actress category: Merle Oberon, nominated in 1935 for her turn as Kitty Vane in The Dark Angel. She did not win.”
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