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Jan 13 2020
Oscar Nominations Are Here: Full List, Snubs Noted Comments (0)

The Oscar nominations have been announced. Joker-main-wb-810x610As usual, there are some big surprises — J.Lo was denied in favor of Kathy Bates; the juggernaut in the doc category, Apollo 11, was grounded — but there were also a lot of pretty obvious choices made and very, very few exciting departures.

Most exciting would be the inclusion of Antonio Banderas for Pain and Glory, but it's such a shame that with Parasite being one of the best-reviewed movies of all time, none of its actors could eke out a nomination. Also disappointing: Awkwafina seemed on the cusp of being recognized, as was Lupita Nyong'o.

The Academy voters, who are overwhelmingly male still, went hard for Joker, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, 1917 and The Irishman, and didn't have any love for The Farewell or Hustlers, as two examples. 

Greta Gerwig's Little Women is well-represented, but she did not repeat with a directing nod, leaving the category all-male in a year with sensational efforts by Gerwig, Lulu Wang, Céline Sciamma and others.

Biggest snubs, IMHO: Apollo 11 and One Child Nation for doc; J.Lo; Taron Egerton; 1917 for editing; Beyoncé for The Lion King's song; Frozen II for animated feature. There are many others who were always in the mix (Gerwig, Awkwafina, De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, Christian Bale, etc.), but these, to me, are the most shocking.

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

Nothing surprising here. At all.

Best Director

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

Also no major shocks. Probably the bubbling-under candidates would have included Noah Baumbach, Taika Waititi and Greta Gerwig.

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

I think Banderas is a pleasant surprise, and Pryce is an unpleasant one. This created a bloodbath for the hard-campaigning Taron Egerton, the living legend Robert De Niro and the deserving overperformer Adam Sandler. 

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy

The most locked category in years, as it turns out! I had strongly thought Awkwafina would emerge victorious here, and I had strongly hoped Alfre Woodard would; but it seems Kathy Bates is this year's OG.

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

Another fairly locked category, but Hopkins was not a shoo-in; he denied Song Kang-ho a spot, which is a travesty.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

I personally did not think J.Lo was award-worthy in Hustlers, but I hate when obvious front-runners are denied; at least she wasn't Bacalled-out live on TV. Laura Dern can polish her mantle.

Original Screenplay

  • Knives Out, Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
  • 1917, Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite, Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won

No huge surprises, but The Farewell had been a contender.

Adapted Screenplay

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

No surprises.

Animated Feature Film

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Frozen II missing is a surpise — Klaus is pretty out-there to have beaten it.

International Feature Film

  • Corpus Christi (Poland)
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia)
  • Les Misérables (France"
  • Pain and Glory (Spain)
  • Parasite (South Korea)

It's a crying shame that Atlantics was shut out. What a terrific film.

Documentary Feature

  • American Factory
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland

All I cared about was Honeyland, but Jesus, to leave out Apollo 11, an awards-season fave, and the gut-wrenching One Child Nation (another Asian shut-out), seems personal.

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

I was way off here; After All, Fire in Paradise, Stay Close were all left out.

Live Action Short Film

  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbors' Window
  • Saria
  • A Sister

No Little Hands or Refugee.

Animated Short

  • Dcera (Daughter)
  • Hair Love
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable
  • Sister

The Physics of Sorrow had been a contender.

Original Score

  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

No surprises.

Original Song

  • "I'm Standing with You," from Breakthrough
  • "Into the Unknown," from Frozen II
  • "Stand Up," from Harriet
  • "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again)," from Rocketman
  • "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," from Toy Story 4

Oh, shit, songs from The Lion King and Aladdin were tuned out.

Sound Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Ad Astra (honored for Sound Mixing) and Avengers: Endgame were denied.

Sound Mixing

  • Ad Astra
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

This was a wild category; Avengers: Endgame, Rocketman and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker were all possibles.

Production Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
  • Parasite

I had thought Little Women, not Jojo Rabbit, would prevail.


  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • The Lighthouse
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

I think both Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire were robbed.

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Bombshell
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • 1917

Both Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and Rocketman, and possibly Dolemite Is My Name had been contenders.

Costume Design

  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Hmm. So much for Dolemite Is My Name, Downton Abbey and Rocketman.

Film Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Parasite

Perhaps Jojo Rabbit's editor is a legend? How on earth is 1917 shut out?

Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

No surprises, but I must say that The Irishman doesn't deserve this. The de-aging was really distracting and badly done.