2020 Oscars: Joker leads with 11 nominations – Full list revealed
We’ve had the slightly cooler kids from the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs giving out their prizes, but now it’s time for the grandaddy of the movie awards shows to do its thing. The 92nd Academy Awards AKA the 2020 Oscars will be taking place in just under a month and now we know which films and actors will be duking it out for those small golden sword-wielding men as the nominations have just been revealed.
And it appears that a clown sowing pure chaos was the order of the day as Todd Phillip’s Joker grabbed an impressive 11 nominations haul, including Best Picture and Best Director! As expected Joaquin Phoenix landed a Best Actor nod for Joker and is undoubtedly the one to beat, but Joker also found itself featuring in a number of technical categories that it never really featured in with other awards shows.
Following closely on Joker’s heels we have a movie about Tinsel Town’s golden years, another featuring several actors old enough to have been in those golden years, and the last one digging deep into the trenches of World War I as Scorsese’s The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, and Sam Mendes’ 1917 were tied with 10 nominations apiece including all the major categories. This trilogy of films has dominated the awards discussion up until now so this comes as no surprise. The other film that has been drawing all the headlines has been Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite and the Korean masterpiece wasn’t left out in the cold as it has earned six nominations.
In a surprise move, based on the lack of other awards love they received, Ford v Ferrari and Jojo Rabbit also earned Best Picture nods. Also among that list? Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, though the young filmmaker didn’t make the cut for Best Director, which is sure to get heated responses due to the Academy’s historic lack of diversity in this regard.
There were more plot twists as Rocketman’s Taron Egerton got snubbed hard in the Best Actor category despite walking away with gold a week ago at the Golden Globes. In a suprise that’s a lot that’s a lot more pleasant, the Best Actress category saw Scarlett Johansson getting nominated for Marriage Story… while she’s also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit. She’s only the twelfth actor in history to land a double nomination in the same year. Cynthia Eviro and her Harriet Tubman biopic, Harriet, also got some love even though it barely earned a mention in other shows.
Oh and by the way, you now need to refer to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as “four-time Oscar nominee Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Yes, you read that right. Full list 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 Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Sam Mendes – 1917 Bong Joon-Ho – Parasite Martin Scorsese – The Irishman Todd Phillips – Joker
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
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neihborhood Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes Al Pacino – The Irishman Joe Pesci – The Irishman Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell Laura Dern – Marriage Story Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit Florence Pugh – Little Women Margot Robbie – Bombshell
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Knives Out – Rian Johnson Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach 1917 – Sam Mendes, Kristy Wilson-Cairns Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino Parasite – Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY The Irishman – Steven Zaillan Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver Little Women – Greta Gerwig The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis, Bonnie Arnold I Lost My Body – Jeremy Clapin, Marc Du Pontavice Klaus – Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, Marisa Roman Missing Link – Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight Toy Story 4 – Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM Corpus Christi – Poland Honeyland – North Macedonia Les Miserables – France Pain and Glory – Spain Parasite – South Korea
BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE American Factory – Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert The Cave – Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Dyekjær The Edge of Democracy – Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris, Tiago Pavan For Sama – Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts Honeyland – Ljubu Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, Atanas Georgiev
BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT In the Absence – Yi Seung-June, Gary Byung-Seok Kam Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva Life Overtakes Me – John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson St. Louis Superman – Smriti Mundhra, Sami Khan Walk Run Cha-Cha – Laura Mix, Colette Sandstedt
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM Brotherhood – Maryam Joobeur, Maria Gracia Turgeon Nefta Football Club – Yves Piat, Damien Megherbi The Neighbor’s Window – Marshall Curry Saria – Bryan Buckley, Matt Lefebvre A Sister – Delphine Girard
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM Dcera (Daughter) – Daria Kashkeeva Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry, Karen Rupert Toliver Kitbull – Rosana Sullivan, Kathryn Hendrickson Memorable – Bruno Collet, Jean-Francoise Le Corre Sister – Siqi Song
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir Little Women – Alexandre Desplat Marriage Story – Randy Newman 1917 – Thomas Newman Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams
BEST ORIGINAL SONG “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” – Toy Story 4 (Randy Newman) “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) “I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough (Diane Warren) “Into the Unknown” – Frozen II (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez) “Stand Up” – Harriet (Joshua Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo
BEST SOUND EDITING Ford v Ferrari – Donald Sylvester Joker – Alan Robert Murray 1917 – Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Wylie Statemen Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Matthew Wood, David Accord
BEST SOUND MIXING Ad Astra – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Mark Ulano Ford v Ferrari – Paul Massey, David Giammarco, Steven Morrow Joker – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Tod Maitland 1917 – Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, Mark Ulano
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN The Irishman Jojo Rabbit 1917 Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood Parasite
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto Joker – Lawrence Sher The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke 1917 – Roger Deakins Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Robert Richardson
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Bombshell Joker Judy Maleficent: Mistress of Evil 1917
BEST COSTUME DESIGN The Irishman – Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo Joker – Mark Bridges Little Women – Jacqueline Durran Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Arianne Phillips
BEST FILM EDITING Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles Joker – Jeff Groth Parasite – Yang Jinmo
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Avengers: Endgame The Irishman The Lion King 1917 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The 92nd Oscars will take place on 9 February at 5PM PST (so around 3am on Monday 10 February in SA time) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Much like last year’s event after the snafu with Kevin Hart, this year’s show will not have a host.
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