The 2020 Oscar Nominations Are Big for Comic Book Movies, Not So Good to Female Directors
One of the biggest events in Awards Season is here, and it’s the release of the Oscar nominations! This winter has been full of competitive awards shows and campaigning, and it’s all coming to an end. After the Golden Globes earlier this month, fans have been making their predictions on who would get the coveted Oscar nominations. Well, it’s time to find out if you were right! Here is a complete list of all of the 2020 Oscar nominations.
The 2020 Oscar Nominations
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Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
1917 may have won the Golden Globe, but the race for Best Picture is far more competitive. Fans are rallying for a Parasite win, which may have a shot based on all of the steam that it’s been picking up lately. Though, like with last year’s Green Book win, fans may be disappointed. What remains true is that these 2020 Oscar nominations are going to be a fun watch.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Woman
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renee Zellweger, Judy
The road for this Oscar has seemed like a tight race between Zellweger and Johansson, and we don’t expect to see a big shock when the winner is announced. As much as Saoirse Ronan deserves all of the praise for her role as Jo March, she’s been nominated for stronger performances this year. Her time will come. This list has also been getting some attention for the lack of Lupita Nyong’o for her outstanding job playing two distinct characters in Us. Awkwafina’s role in The Farewell was also expected to score a nomination after her Golden Globe win, though we’re sad to see her missing.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Pheonix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Like with best actress, we’d be blown away to see anyone other than Driver or Pheonix take it. Though, after Pheonix won the Golden Globe, we think our bets are placed on him. Joker was fueled by his strong performance, and would not be as successful as it is today without his powerhouse performance.
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Laura Dern has been sweeping the awards ceremony wins this season, and we expect nothing different here. Though, we’d like to give a shoutout to Florence Pugh for her incredible take on Amy March in Little Women, and for her overall incredible year. Many fans have been expressing their frustration with Jennifer Lopez missing out on a nomination for Hustlers, which has been considered one of the bigger snubs this year.
Best 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
If this list of nominees makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine, you aren’t the only one. This is an incredibly stacked list, and it’s hard to say who deserves it the most. Based on previous wins this season, Brad Pitt might have the edge.
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Yes, this 2020 Oscar nominations list is missing something in quite a noticeable way. Whether Greta Gerwig would be nominated this season has been a hot topic in conversations, and we’re sad that she missed out. Todd Phillips earning a nomination was a surprise to many, and his inclusion on this list over Gerwig or Noah Baumbach was one of the bigger frustrations of the night.
Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth, Joker
Yang Jinmo, Parasite
Ford v Ferrari is a film that is totally transformed by its editing, and we think it has a solid shot in this category.
International Feature Film
Pain and Glory
Parasite is the easy winner pick here. Many have been upset with Portrait of a Lady on Fire missing out on a nomination, and have taken to Twitter to express anger. Though it’s important to remember that countries will submit one film for consideration, and Portrait was not submitted.
Hildur Guonadottir, Joker
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Randy Newman, Marriage Story
Thomas Newman, 1917
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker
Based on previous wins this Awards season, Guonadottir has a pretty big chance at taking it home.
“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
Time to insert a pretty popular opinion this season: Rocketman is a far better musical biopic than Bohemian Rhapsody, and has been receiving far fewer nominations. Taron Egerton deserved a Best Actor nomination, so we hope that a win in this category will give the movie a small amount of the love that it deserves.
Bob Shaw and Regina Graves, The Irishman
Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova, Jojo Rabbit
Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, 1917
Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Lee Ha Jun and Cho Won Woo, Parasite
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood will likely take home this award.
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker
Technical awards can often be tough to predict because it depends on what the voters are looking for. The Irishman may not be seen as a film with massive visual effects, but the de-aging was quite a breakthrough for the effect. However, films like Avengers: Endgame may be a bit more performative, so it’s a tough call.
Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Little Women has been remade multiple times, but Gerwig’s take on the classic novel breathed fresh air into what could have been a boring, over-told story. Based on her imaginative vision for the film, we think it’s an easy choice for Greta.
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
Another tough and hard to predict category, but we think that Tarantino might have the edge on this award.
Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Toy Story 4
Who would have thought that the Animated Feature category would be the strangest this awards season? After the Golden Globes gave the award to Missing Link, coming as a big surprise, we’re even more shocked to see a Frozen 2 snub here. It feels like Toy Story 4 is the one to beat, but honestly, we don’t even know anymore.
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Roger Deakins, 1917
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Mark Bridges, Joker
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
This is another tough category to make a prediction for. Both Phillips and Durran helped their respective films feel appropriate for their era, and it may be a tough race between the two.
Makeup and Hairstyling
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker, Bombshell
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Joker
Jeremy Woodhead, Judy
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole, 1917
Bombshell was taken to a whole new level by the makeup and hair team, and we expect them to take the win.
Donald Sylvester, Ford v Ferrari
Alan Robert Murray, Joker
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate, 1917
Wylie Stateman, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Matthew Wood and David Acord, Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker
Another technical award that is going to be tough to predict. Though, if Ford v Ferrari is going to take anything home, we expect it to be a technical award.
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano, Ad Astra
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow, Ford v Ferrari
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland, Joker
Mark Taylor and Stuard Wilson, 1917
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
I was very pleased to see Ad Astra make the list here. The film held a special place in my heard this past year, and it deserves to be recognized for its incredible effects, including sound mixing.
Animated Short Film
Live-Action Short Film
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
The Edge of Democracy
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
The 2020 Oscars Is Shaping Up To Be A Competitive Year
While Joker leads the nominations, plenty of the categories are hard to predict. It’ll certainly be a year of surprises and well-deserved wins. Who are you rooting for from the 2020 Oscar nominations? Let us know!
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Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.