Only hours after the 2020 Oscar nominations were released, the internet is outraged over news that actress Awkwafina has been snubbed for a nomination.
Things seem to be looking up for the Asian American community in entertainment, especially after Awkwafina made history as the first Asian American actress to win a Golden Globe
for her performance as Billi in Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell”, a film that navigates the experience of having a dual identity and growing up in two different cultures. However, it is to the internet’s surprise that Awkwafina was denied an Oscar nomination.
Going from making $9 per hour at a vegan bodega
to becoming a household name, Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, has become an icon of Asian American representation. A cult following has built around her, not only for her talent on-screen but also because of what she represents. Therefore, it is not surprising that fans have spoken up after the Oscars announced their nominations for this year’s awards.
Many fans voiced their anger over how Scarlett Johanssen, lead actress in “Marriage Story”, received two Oscar nominations while women of color such as Awkwafina were denied a nomination.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 9, 2020 on ABC.
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