Only one of the 20 acting nominees was a person of colour and that was Cynthia Erivo for her lead role as anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman in Harriet.
The actress, who won an Oscar in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, has received multiple nominations from critics this year for Us, including one at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but this was not enough to bag her a second Oscar nomination. 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.
After the nominations for Best Director were announced, Issa Rae quipped: "Congratulations to those men".
Among the various categories voted upon by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, nine films were selected for best picture, including James Mangold's sports action film Ford v Ferrari, Martin Scorsese's gangster testament The Irishman, Taika Waititi's Hitler comedy Jojo Rabbit, Noah Baumbach's intimate divorce drama Marriage Story and Todd Phillips' dark comic thriller Joker.
Brad Pitt is up for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood.
Nominations have been announced in eight categories so far, with the remaining 16 shortlists to follow shortly.
Also overlooked was "Frozen 2", the highest-grossing animated film ever, in the animated film category.
The nominees for documentary feature are: "American Factory"; "The Cave"; "The Edge of Democracy"; "For Sama"; "Honeyland".
While Antonio Banderas' place on the best actor list may not come as a surprise, this is the actor's first Acadamy Award nomination in his decades-long career. "Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!" the former United States president tweeted Monday. The once-again-hostless 92nd Academy Awards are February 9 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.