Britain's Florence Pugh and Anthony Hopkins are in the running for best supporting actress and actor respectively. "Just watch." I didn't even consider a need to assert Jennifer Lopez's nomination because I couldn't fathom them snubbing her.
If everything went according to plan, Beyonce could've scored a nod in Best Original Song with "Spirit".
Plus, above all else, this is one of the most interesting and unpredictable Oscar races in recent years: it wouldn't be remotely surprising if 1917 or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood split Best Picture and Best Director, but it's entirely possible that The Irishman or Parasite could commit the heist of the century and run away with both.
South Korean class satire "Parasite", from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist. Plenty of other ceremonies and nominations have also been occurring, but the top prize in the film world is the Academy Awards.
Industry website Deadline called Monday's nominations "basically #OscarsSoWhite Part 2: #OscarsSoWhiterAndWithMoreMen", referring to a hashtag begun in 2015 in response to the lack of diverse nominees.
Unfortunately, Margot's Bombshell co-star Nicole Kidman, 52, was snubbed in the "Best Supporting Actress" for her role as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Nominating "Dolemite is My Name" for Best Picture, for instance, would have been a nice grace note. Greta Gerwig was thought to be in with a chance for Best Picture nominee Little Women, while Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) were both believed to be in with a fighting chance. Another leading comedy actor-turned-awards contender was Adam Sandler - whose performance as the gambling wild-card in Uncut Gems is hugely impressive yet went completely unrewarded.
The Academy can't control how its 9,000-odd members cast their ballots, as much as it may wish it could.
Remember how everybody was fearing that "Joker" and its homicidally depressed lead character might spark copycat acts of violence, when the film was released last fall? Four-time nominee Phoenix, astonishing in the lead role, is long overdue for an Oscar.
That makes her double nomination for best supporting actress in Jojo Rabbit and best actress in Marriage Story pretty incredible.
What's unfair about any of this?