The 2020 Academy Awards Nominations Are Here!

Once Upon A Time
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It’s that time of year again. When everyone who half pays attention to movies, turns their attention to the glitziest and most prestigious (presumably) of awards shows: the Oscars. Yet before we find out who will take home the gold, we’ve got to sift through the nominations. Only then to inevitably sob when a one or two or ten obvious people are snubbed.

One last thing before we get to the big reveal, 2020 is a wild year. Both from a standpoint of crowdpleasers being represented, but also just what an impact those films that did well at the box office or have been discussed as nauseum did on the number of nominations they snatched up. Then there’s the continued debate of “how can a film be recognized as a best picture, if the director isn’t recognized as well?” At this time there’s no answer, but while the Academy has made strides to bring in younger voting members, the same issues of the past, are present today.

Anyways, on to the giant unfurling of nominees. Get your thumbs and index fingers ready, this is a lot to scroll through…


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Best Picture

Ford V Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit
(Fox Searchlight)

(Warner Bros)

Little Women
(Sony Pictures Releasing)

Marriage Story

(Universal/Amblin Partners)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
(Sony Pictures Releasing)



The Irishman – Martin Scorsese

Joker  – Todd Phillips

1917 – Sam Mendes

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho


Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan -Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy


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


Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell


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



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Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Screenplay by Taika Waititi

Joker – Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Little Women  – Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Written by Anthony McCarten


Original Screenplay

Knives Out – Written by Rian Johnson

Marriage Story  – Written by Noah Baumbach

1917 – Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Written by Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won



The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

1917 – Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson


Original Song

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

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough

“Into The Unknown” from Frozen 2 

“Stand Up” from Harriet


Original Score

Joker – Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story -Randy Newman

1917  – Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams


Documentary Feature

American Factory 

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama



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


Live Action Short Film


Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window


A Sister

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body


Missing Link

Toy Story 4


Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love




Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit 




Image Courtesy of NEON/CJ Entertainment

International Feature

Corpus Christi

North Macedonia

Les Misérables

Pain and Glory

South Korea


Production Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood



Costume Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit 


Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Makeup and Hairstyling




Maleficent: Mistress of Evil



Sound Mixing

Ad Astra 

Ford v Ferrari



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Image Courtesy of Warner Bros./DC Entertainment

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari 



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker 


See, that’s a lot to get through! As always the Academy Awards is a large and sprawling event. While there are noticeable and unfortunate omissions here, there’s a lot of people who are getting a chance to be on the big stage for the first time. Short subject documentary, short subject live action and animated short are but three categories that have a large impact on the future of Hollywood. Just food for thought. At the same time, what are the snubs that will stick in your mind? Are there any nominations that got handed out to overrated performances or films? Sound off in the comment sections. The 92nd Annual Academy Awards will air (without a host, again) on February 9th, at 6:30 EST, on ABC. Get your prediction ballets ready!

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