“Joker” Skips to 11 Oscar Nominations; “1917,” “Irishman,” “Hollywood” Follow with 10


JANUARY 13, 2020

Nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards were announced at 5:18am PT Monday morning, and, as always, the announcement was filled with surprises.  Leading the pack was Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” with 11 nominations, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ Golden Globe drama winner “1917,” Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Quentin Tarantino’s Globe comedy winner “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” each with 10.  Earning six nominations each were Taika Waititi’s satire “Jojo Rabbit,” Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama “Marriage Story,” Greta Gerwig’s new take on “Little Women” and Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean sensation “Parasite.”

Most of the usual suspects from earlier in awards season showed up here, including Best Actor favorite Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Best Actress favorite Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Supporting Actor Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and Supporting Actress Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”).

Several industry veterans received a “welcome back” nomination for their fine work this year — Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”) who has not been nominated since 2002’s “About Schmidt,” Tom Hanks, whose last Oscar nod came for 2000’s “Cast Away,” was nominated for his supporting performance in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”), who has not been a nominee since 1997’s “Amistad,” all made the cut.

Speaking of “the cut,” the question I am most asked on nomination day is “Who got snubbed?”  I hate the word “snubbed,” which implies some kind of grievance against a performer.  So let’s just ask whose omission was a bit of a surprise:

BEST ACTOR: Taron Egerton, this year’s Golden Globe Best Actor winner for playing Elton John in “Rocketman,” failed to be nominated despite being the hardest-working campaigner on the awards circuit this year.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”), who earned 13 nominations or wins from critics’ groups, couldn’t quite cross the finish line.

PEOPLE OF COLOR: Two highly regarded films made by and starring people of color, “The Farewell” and “Dolemite Is My Name,” were completely skunked, which has revived the dreaded hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on Twitter.  (In the acting categories, there was a grand total of one black nominee —  Cynthia Erivo in “Harriet.”)  “Parasite” did raise the flag for Asian artists, but POC remained few and far between in the major categories.

The other popular question I get is “What’s going to win Best Picture?”  The campaigns are still playing out, but one rule that is usually true (though there have been exceptions), is that a Best Picture nominee needs additional nominations in four specific categories to win The Big Prize:  directing, writing, editing and an acting nomination.

Of this year’s nine nominees, only “Joker” and “The Irishman” have all four.  “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is missing editing, “Parasite” & “1917” are missing acting, “Jojo Rabbit” & “Marriage Story” are missing directing and “Little Women” is without editing and directing nominations.  This doesn’t mean these films can’t win Best Picture, but the road is going to be a little bit tougher for each of them.

With this year’s compressed Oscar calendar, the 28-day campaign schedule is going to be more intense than ever.  Hang on for what may be a wild ride, and join together to watch the actual ceremony on February 9 on ABC.  Be there or be square!

Here are this year’s Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

Ford V Ferrari
A 20th Century Fox Production
Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers

The Irishman
Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

Jojo Rabbit
(Fox Searchlight)
A Defender Films/Piki Films Production
Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers

(Warner Bros)
A Joint Effort Production
Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

Little Women
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Columbia Pictures/Regency Enterprises Production
Amy Pascal, Producer

Marriage Story
A Netflix/HeyDay Films Production
Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers

(Universal/Amblin Partners)
A DreamWorks Pictures Production
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Columbia Pictures Production
David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers

A Barunson E&A Production
Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers


The Irishman (Netflix)
Martin Scorsese

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Todd Phillips

(Universal/Amblin Partners)
Sam Mendes

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Quentin Tarantino

Parasite (Neon)
Bong Joon Ho

Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo
Harriet (Focus Features)

Scarlett Johansson
Marriage Story (Netflix)

Saoirse Ronan
Little Women
(Sony Pictures Releasing)

Charlize Theron
Bombshell (Lionsgate)

Renée Zellweger
Judy (LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions)

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas
Pain and Glory (Sony Pictures Classics)

Leonardo DiCaprio
Once upon a Time in Hollywood
(Sony Pictures Releasing)

Adam Driver
Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix
Joker (Warner Bros.)

Jonathan Pryce
The Two Popes (Netflix)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bates
Richard Jewell
(Warner Bros.)

Laura Dern
Marriage Story (Netflix)

Scarlett Johansson
Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)

Florence Pugh
Little Women
(Sony Pictures Releasing)

Margot Robbie
Bombshell (Lionsgate)

Actor in a Supporting Role

Tom Hanks
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Anthony Hopkins
The Two Popes (Netflix)

Al Pacino
The Irishman (Netflix)

Joe Pesci
The Irishman (Netflix)

Brad Pitt
Once upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman (Netflix)
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Screenplay by Taika Waititi

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Little Women (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes (Netflix)
Written by Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay

Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Written by Rian Johnson

Marriage Story (Netflix)
Written by Noah Baumbach

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Written by Quentin Tarantino

Parasite (Neon)
Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won
Story by Bong Joon Ho


The Irishman (Netflix)
Rodrigo Prieto

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse (A24)
Jarin Blaschke

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Robert Richardson

Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4 (Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman (Paramount)
Music by Elton John
Lyric by Bernie Taupin

“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough (Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren

“Into The Unknown” from Frozen 2 (Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“Stand Up” from Harriet (Focus Features)
Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Original Score

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story (Netflix)
Randy Newman

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
John Williams

Documentary Feature

American Factory (Netflix)
A Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media Production
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert

The Cave (National Geographic)
A National Geographic Documentary Films/Danish Documentary Production in co-production with Ma.Ja.De/Hecat Studio Paris/Madam Films Production
Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær

The Edge of Democracy (Netflix)
A Busca Vida Filmes in association with Violet Films Production
Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan

For Sama (PBS Distribution/Channel 4/Frontline)
A Channel 4 News/ITN Productions/Channel 4/Frontline/PBS Production
Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Honeyland (Neon)
A Pharmachem/Apolo Media/Trice Films Production
Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence
A Field of Vision Production
Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) (A+E Networks)
A Grain Media Production
Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

Life Overtakes Me (Netflix)
A Stylo Films Production
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

St. Louis Superman” (MTV Documentary Films/AJE Witness)
An AJE Witness and Meralta Films Production
Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

Walk Run Cha-Cha (The New York Times Op-Docs)
A Concordia Studio Production
Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood (Travelling, les films qui voyagent)
A Midi La Nuit/Cinetelefilms/Laika Film & Television Production
Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon

Nefta Football Club
A Les Valseurs Production
Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi

The Neighbors’ Window
A Marshall Curry Production
Marshall Curry

A Hungry Man Inc. Production
Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre

A Sister
A Versus Production
Delphine Girard

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold

I Lost My Body (Netflix)
Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice

Klaus (Netflix)
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román

Missing Link (United Artists Releasing)
Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight

Toy Story 4 (Disney)
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter) (Miyu Distribution)
A FAMU/MAUR Film Production
Daria Kashcheeva

Hair Love (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Matthew A. Cherry Entertainment/Lion Forge Animation/Blue Key Entertainment Production
Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

Kitbull (Disney)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson

A Vivement Lundi ! Production
Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre

A California Institute of the Arts Production
Siqi Song

Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari (Walt Disney)
Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland

The Irishman (Netflix)
Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Tom Eagles

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Jeff Groth

Parasite (Neon)
Yang Jinmo

International Feature

Corpus Christi
An Aurum Film Production

A Pharmachem/Apolo Media/Trice Films Production
North Macedonia

Les Misérables
An SRAB Films Production

Pain and Glory
An El Primer Deseo/El Deseo Production

A Barunson E&A Production
South Korea

Production Design

The Irishman (Netflix)
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Parasite (Neon)
Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Costume Design

The Irishman (Netflix)
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Mayes C. Rubeo

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Mark Bridges

Little Women
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
Jacqueline Durran

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Arianne Phillip

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame (Disney)
Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick

The Irishman (Netflix)
Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli

The Lion King (Walt Disney)
Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell (Lionsgate)
Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou

Judy (LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions)
Jeremy Woodhead

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra (Disney)
Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano

Ford v Ferrari (Disney)
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
(Sony Pictures Releasing)
Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari (Walt Disney)
Donald Sylvester

Joker (Warner Bros.)
Alan Robert Murray

1917 (Universal/Amblin Partners)
Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney)
Matthew Wood and David Acord