Oscar Nominations 2020

Oscar 2030 Nominations Announced

Yesterday the Oscar nominations came out, and although this theatre junkie has little time for the movie theatre, he loves it nonetheless. So I eagerly waited to hear what got and want did not get the love and respect of the Oscar voters. You know there will be controversy, as there is right now in the UK with the BAFTAs but maybe, just maybe, those voters will see through a broader lens and a wider color and genre vision. I’m an optimist.

John Cho and Issa Rae announced the nods early Monday morning, and the obvious frontrunners were all there: “The Irishman”, “1917”, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” predictably taking the focus, but there were a few surprises. Love was given most gleefully to both “Joker” and “Parasite” – the later being the only one I saw of these five.

Some surprising dismissals of the morning was J.Lo who was ignored, as was the case with Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) shocking the crowd who wanted a broader spectrum in these categories.  Another was the non-existence of “Rocketman” and Taron Egerton, beyond the nod for a Best Original Song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” Many thought the film had a decent shot at a Best Costume Design nomination, or at the very least a nod for its star Egerton, who was previously nominated at the SAG Awards, the BAFTAs, and won the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. That was a shock as I was pretty sure he’d make the cut. I liked the movie overall, although not desperately, but really saw Egerton leading the way to at least a few nominations.

And once again in a disturbingly predictable manner that states everything you want to know about the Academy, they chose to honor five men with Best Director nominations despite incredible work by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”). Don’t get me (too) wrong. Those five men did great work, I hear, as I only saw “Parasite”, which was friggin’ phenomenal, I also loved “Little Women” and heard great things about these other female directed features. So when will the Oscars see through a broader lens? Not this year I guess.

Best Picture

“Ford v Ferrari” (Disney/Fox)

“The Irishman” (Netflix)

“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)

“Joker” (Warner Bros.)

“Little Women” (Sony)

“Marriage Story” (Netflix)

“1917” (Universal)

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)

“Parasite” (Neon)

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 Actor

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

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)

Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)

Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)

Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)

Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Supporting Actor

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”)

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)

Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)

Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Adapted Screenplay

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)

Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”)

Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)

Best Original Screenplay

Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)

Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)

Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”)

Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Animated Feature

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World””

“I Lost My Body”


Missing Link

“Toy Story 4”

International Feature Film

“Corpus Christi”


“Les Miserables”

“Pain and Glory”


Best Documentary

“American Factory”

The Cave

“Edge of Democracy”

“For Sama”


Best Cinematography

“The Irishman”


“The Lighthouse”


“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Costume Design

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”


“Little Women”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing

Ford vs. Ferrari

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”



Makeup and Hairstyling




Maleficent: Mistress of Evil


Original Score


“Little Women”

“Marriage Story”


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” “Harriet

Production Design

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”


“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Sound Editing

“Ford v Ferrari”



“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

“Ford vs. Ferrari”



“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

“The Irishman”

“The Lion King”


“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Documentary (Short Subject)

“In the Absence”

Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl

“Life Overtakes Me”

“St. Louis Superman”

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

Short Film (Animated)


Hair Love




Short Film (Live Action)


“Nefta Football Club”

The Neighbor’s Window


“A Sister”

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