Monday, January 13, 2020

The 2020 Oscar Nominations Are Here

So, the Oscar nominations are here. I’m not trying to sound too cool, but I don’t really care. I barely pay attention the awards in the groups that I vote for, and as usual, the Academy Awards don’t share my particular taste. For the most part, the nominees are safe and expected and what they are.

I think some of these are great movies, I think others are terrible. I’ve seen most of these, others I have absolutely zero interest in ever watching—I’m sure Marriage Story is lovely and as good as people say, and I will probably never feel like that’s the movie I want to watch right now. There are also a few where I assume I accidentally watched a different movie than everyone else and that’s why I don’t understand the hype. 

Of course, I’ll watch the ceremony on February 9, I always do. Hey, I’m a movie critic, it’s part of the job, and I like gawking at celebrities all gussied-up as much as the next guy.

Enough of all of this, here are the 2019 Academy Award nominations. Make of them what you will and remember, just because a movie is on this list doesn’t make it good, and just because it’s not, doesn’t make it bad. Love what you love. 

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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

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

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

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

International Feature Film
Corpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Miserables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)

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

Original Screenplay
1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won-han

Production Design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari, Andrew Buckland and Michael McCusker
The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
Joker, Jeff Groth
Parasite, Jinmo Yang

1917, Roger Deakins
The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

Visual Effects
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Costume Design
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
The Irishman
Little Women

Sound Mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood 

Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Score
1917, Thomas Newman
Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams 

Makeup and Hairstyling
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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

Live-Action Short Film
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister

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

Original Song
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" – Randy Newman, Toy Story 4
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" – Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Rocketman
"I'm Standing With You" – Diane Warren, Breakthrough
"Into the Unknown" – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen 2
"Stand Up" – Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

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