Oscar Nominations Showcase A Tight Race

The 2020 Oscar Nominations are in, and it’s looking like this year will be a tight race for the top awards. Movie fans won’t have to wait long to find out who wins either, as the show will air on February 9th, which is the earliest they’ve ever been handed out. While there were a few snubs and surprises, over all most of the nominations were expected, with Joker leading the way with 11 nominations. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, The Irishman and 1917 came in a close second with 10 nominations each.

The Best Picture race could really go in many different ways. While Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, The Irishman and 1917 are by far the favourites, Marriage Story or even Parasite could be a surprise winner. On top of that, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit and Little Women were also nominated. When it comes to Best Director, it is an all-boys club once again. Even though women directors made more films in 2019 than ever before, including Greta Gerwig whose film Little Women was nominated for Best Picture, none were nominated. Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon-ho, are the directors up for the award. Parasite and it’s director Bong Joon-ho were at one time thought to be the front runner for best foreign language film, but will instead compete for the top prize instead. 

For Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, there were a couple of surprises. Scarlett Johansson received a nomination in both categories, one for her role in Marriage Story and the other for Jojo Rabbit. While this doesn’t make her an automatic favourite, it really should give her an edge to win one of them. Cynthia Erivo,  Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron and Renée Zellweger were also nominated for Best Actress. Really this race looks to be a one woman show with Zellweger’s name all over it, but surprises also happen. Speaking of surprises, Jennifer Lopez’ lack of a nomination for Best Supporting Actress has got to be by far the biggest snub of the day. Instead Johansson will be going up against Kathy Bates, Laura Dern, Florence Pugh and Margot Robbie.

While Joaquin Phoenix is more than likely got the aware for Best Actor all wrapped up already, he still does have competition in the forms of Antonio Banderas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce. If Phoenix does indeed win, he will be the second actor to win an Oscar for playing the Batman villain. Brad Pitt will be looking to win his first acting Oscar this year, in the Best Supporting Actor category, but in order to do so he will have to beat a few other veteran actors, not to mention several previous award winners. Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci were also nominated.

The complete list of nominations can be seen below.

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Best Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins, 1917
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon-ho Parasite

Best Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Joker
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best International Feature Film
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite

Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Animated Short Film
“Dcera”
“Hair Love”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Sister”

Best Live-Action Short Film
“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbors’ Window”
“Saria”
“A Sister”

Best Documentary Feature
American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best Documentary Short Subject
“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk, Run, Cha-Cha”

Best Costume Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best Production Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Original Song
Toy Story 4
Rocketman
Breakthrough
Frozen II
Harriet

Best Original Score
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Sound Mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Best Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite