The 2020 Academy Awards Full list of Nominees

by Matthew Escosia
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In case you missed it, The Oscar Nominees for this year was announced recently. Check out the full list of nominees for all the categories below!

Best Picture

The academy award nominees for Best Picture include Joker by Tod Phillips, The Irishman by Martin Scorsese, Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, 1917 by Sam Mendes, Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach, Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi, Little Women by Greta Gerwig, Ford v Ferrari by James Mangold. This year’s nominees did not come as a shock, but it is great to note that Parasite is the first South Korean film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Best Actress for leading role includes, Renée Zellweger for “Judy”, Charlize Theron for “Bombshell”, Scarlett Johansson for “Marriage Story”, Saoirse Ronan for “Little Women”, Cynthia Erivo for “Harriet”. Although the nominees for this category are all well-deserved, people have been questioning the lack of Awkwafina’s nomination for her performance in “The Farewell” despite winning a Golden Globe award for it. Cho Yeong-jo of Parasite also failed to make it to the list.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Best Actor nominees are Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker”, Adam Driver for “Marriage Story”, Leonardo Di Caprio for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Antonio Banderas for “Pain and Glory”, Jonathan Pryce for “The Two Popes”. Critics say Joaquin Phoenix’s performance in Joker is the clear front runner for the award, but Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce could also be contenders for the award.

Best Director

The lack of women to be nominated for the award has sparked criticism for this year’s Academy awards. Nominees for best director are Martin Scorsese for “The Irishman”, Quentin Tarantino for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Bong Joon-ho for “Parasite”, Sam Mendes for “1917” and Todd Phillips for“Joker”. Praises rain for Bong Joon-ho’s nomination for the award and him winning would be historic, Tod Phillip’s Joker is a strong opponent, however, with the numerous nominations it received.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominees for the best actor in supporting role includes, Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, Al Pacino, “The Irishman”,  Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”, Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci may take the lead with this award although critics have also commended Tom Hanks’ performance and considering Anthony Hopkins’ have been a popular vote for the award, it is too early to say.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

The nominees for this year’s best actress in a supporting role include Laura Dern from “Marriage Story”, Margot Robbie from “Bombshell”, Florence Pugh from “Little Women”, Scarlett Johansson from “Jojo Rabbit” and Kathy Bates from “Richard Jewell”. There is a wave of support for Johansson for being nominated for the first time in the Academy, but Laura Dern seems to be a crowd favorite and the front-runner for the award. On the other hand, there are outcries form fans of Hustlers because of Jennifer Lopez’ absence from the list of nominees.

Best Animated Feature Film

This year’s nominees for the category has been receiving a skeptical reception since it was announced as the list does not include Disney’s Frozen 2. Films that made the cut include “Toy Story 4”, “How to Train Your Dragon 4: The Hidden World”, “Missing Link”, “I Lost My Body” and “Klaus”. Though “Toy Story 4” is said to be the clear front runner for the category, “I Lost My Body” a French drama was received well at the Cannes and Netflix’s “Klaus” had great reception form viewers too.

Best International Feature Film

Nominees for the Best International Feature Film are South Korea’s “Parasite”, Spain’s “Pain and Glory”, France’s “Les Misérables”, North Macedonia’s “Honeyland”, and lastly Poland’s “Corpus Christi”. The obvious front runner as critics say is South Korea’s Parasite which also landed five nominations. The category was recently renamed from “Best Foreign Language Film” and has drawn controversy for disqualifying two entries for featuring too much English dialogue, which all thought would have been resolved by the change in the name but the Academy’s requirement of the film to predominantly use a foreign language remained the same.

Best Original Screenplay

The nominees for the category include “Marriage Story”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Parasite”, “Knives Out” and “1917”. Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is said to be the strongest contender for he’s known for always winning the award, however “Knives Out” is still widely celebrated and rooted for in the category.

Best Adapted Screenplay

For Best Adapted Screenplay category, “The Irishman”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Little Women”, “The Two Popes” and “Joker” are gunning for the award. This is probably going to be a hard decision to make as the nominees are all brilliantly made adaptations, though Little Women and Joker do seem like the strongest contender for the award.

Best Documentary Feature

Best documentary feature includes “American Factory”, “The Edge of Democracy”, “Honeyland”, “For Sama” and “The Cave”. Missing from the nomination include One Child Nation and Apollo 11 which did incredibly well in the box office for a documentary.

Best Original Song

Academy Award Nominees for Best Original Song  are “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” and “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” from “Toy Story 4”. Frozen 2 may not be leaving empty handed for this year’s Academy Awards for “Into the Unknown” made it in the cut, though we can agree that it may not be as successful as Let It Go still is. Rocketman’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” seems to be industry voters top favorite so competition is still tight.

Best Visual Effects

This year’s nominees for the best Visual effects category are “Avengers: Endgame”, “The Lion King”, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “The Irishman” and “1917”. It’s hard to say if “The Irishman’s” usage of technology to de-age its actors or Lion King’s photorealistic computer generated animation will beat the blockbusters in cinema, “Avengers: Endgame” or “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. “1917” is also a contender for employing a visual gimmick that made that made the entire film look like it was taken in one shot.

Best Cinematography

The Best in Cinematography nominees include “1917,” Roger Deakins, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson, “The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto, “Joker,” Lawrence Sher and “The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke. The strong contenders could be 1917 with Deakins being said to be the best in the business, and the visually striking work of Blascke in “The Lighthouse”.

Best Production Design

The category nominees this year include, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “The Irishman”, “1917”, “Jojo Rabbit” and “Parasite”. 1917 seems to be a voter favorite for requiring to build sets to hyper-specific lengths to achieve the shot to appear like a “continuous take”. Parasite also make waves with the mansion set they built entirely from scratch.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Nominees for the category include “Bombshell”, “Joker”, “Judy”, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” and “1917”.

Best Costume Design

Best Costume nominees are “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Little Women”, “The Irishman”, “Jojo Rabbit” and “Joker”. Notably worthy contenders missing in the category are Rocketman, Harriet and Dolemite is my name. In this category the fight seems to be between “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Joker”.

Best Original Score

The Best Original Score Nominees include “1917,” Thomas Newman, “Joker,” Hildur Gudnadottir, “Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat, “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams. Joker’s score has done well in other smaller awards show before but with Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker’s familiar epic song, the competition might be tough.

Best Documentary Short Subject

Nominees include In the Absence”, “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”, “Life Overtakes Me”, “St. Louis Superman”, “Walk Run Cha-Cha”.

Best Animated Short Film

The category nominations for Best Animated Shortfilm are “Dcera (Daughter), Hair Love”, “Kitbull, “Memorable, Sister”

Best Live-Action Short Film

Best Live Action Short film include “Brotherhood”, “Nefta Football Club”, “The Neighbors’ Window”, “Saria”, “A Sister”.

Best film editing

Academy Award nominees for Best in Film Editing are “The Irishman”,Ford v Ferrari”, “Parasite”, “Joker”, “Jojo Rabbit”.

Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Mixing Category nominees include “1917”, “Ford v Ferrari”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Ad Astra” and “Joker”.

Best Sound Editing

For the Best Sound Editing this year, nominees are “1917”, “Ford v Ferrari”, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Joker”.


Joker dominate this year with a total of 11 Oscar nominations followed by “Once upon a Time in Hollywood”, “1917” and “The Irishman” all with 10 nominations. What do you think about the nominations? Put down your thoughts in the comment section below!

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