Britain's Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins are in the running for best supporting actress and actor respectively.
Yes, Robert De Niro may already have his fair share of Oscars gold on the mantlepiece (he previously won for his roles in Raging Bull and The Godfather Part II), yet the actor was unable to secure a nomination for the Irishman. Roma came close to winning previous year, but missed out to Green Book.
"Congratulations to those men", said presenter Issa Rae pointedly, after the announcement of an all-male directors slate.
Antonio Banderas, 59, and Jonathan Pryce, 72, have both had long and illustrious careers, but both got their first Oscar nominations Monday. The 71-year-old was last nominated 17 years ago for a supporting role in About Schmidt, and was a leading-actress victor in 1991 for Misery.
"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best global film and best documentary feature.
Another controversy is brewing after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) failed to nominate any female directors. JLo was expected to receive a nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.
In fact, 2020 nominee Martin Scorsese has more nominations on his own than all the women directors combined-something that has annoyed many social media users.
Renee Zellweger, who has swept the best actress nominations so far during this awards season, headed the best actress Oscar shortlist thanks to her acclaimed turn as showbiz legend Judy Garland in "Judy".
"There was a lot of conversation about which way to go, and there may be a day when we decide to have a host again, but the focus has been on the most entertaining show and not on the host", ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke told reporters last week, according to USA Today.
The two pop titans failed to win at the Golden Globes recently, but at least they were nominated. It's the kind of story we don't see often enough and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground.
Voting for winners - in which all members can vote in every category - begins January 30, closing five days later.