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.
Thread of snubs
Awkwafina for Lead Actress
Lulu Wang for Director, Screenplay pic.twitter.com/lPrXUWPlJ5
— Ricky Davila (@rickydvl) January 13, 2020
never thought “awkwafina was snubbed” would one day become an existent statement but here we are
— eczema doll (@arriagaa444) January 13, 2020
I promised myself I would not get derailed by anger at the Academy today, so I’m just going to take a moment to scream that Awkwafina and JLo delivered the two best performances of the year, and then focus on my breathing (and Florence Pugh).
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 13, 2020
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.
Scarlett Johansson got nominated twice and Awkwafina got snubbed… pic.twitter.com/YDav8U3VY5
— Tamara Anne (@TamaraAnne44) January 13, 2020
Scarlett Johansson gets 2 acting noms & Cynthia Erivo is the only WOC nominated for best actress…
No Park So-Dam
No Lupita N’yongo
I AM SICKpic.twitter.com/jS3zYatmEv
— aniel Antonio (@carpedanem) January 13, 2020
The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 9, 2020 on ABC.
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