The nominations for the 92nd edition of the Academy Awards have been announced this afternoon. The 2020 edition of the Oscars will be taking place this year on February the 9th. Film fans worldwide will be turning their eyes – whether they are willing to admit it or not – to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to see which of this year’s accolades will be delighting or more likely disappointing us all. Not to editorialise…

Okay to editorialise slightly, the nominations are a fairly bland and dismal representation of the best of cinema over the last year, with uninspiring nods also coming at the expense of a wider, more diverse range of talents. The failure to put any women forward in the Best Director category, despite worthy and/or successful offerings over the last twelve months from Lulu Wang, Celine Sciamma, Marielle Heller, Greta Gerwig, Lorene Scafaria and more is a particularly glaring omission, while the acting categories have outdone themselves in repeating their frequent pitfalls, this year even finding a way to nominate Scarlett Johnansson twice. The Oscars have always represented a middlebrow, narrow-minded field of the best films of the year, often but not always overlapping with true quality and often exclusionary to the point of oversight and the 2020 Academy Awards are no different. Still they encourage audiences to seek out films and filmmakers that they otherwise would not be as inclined to see, that at least should continue this year and hopefully to the benefit of some quality work, even if the absence of the likes of The FarewellHustlers or Uncut Gems boggles the mind.

There are still some positives to be gleamed amid the usual banality. Eagerly anticipated by Irish audiences ahead of its release here next month, Parasite has made history as the first South Korean film to be nominated for Best Picture after years of exceptional filmmaking from the Asian nation, with one of its leading lights Bong Joon-ho also receiving a nod in the Best Director category. Saoirse Ronan gained a worthy nomination for Best Actress for her role in Little Women and will be hoping for a win at the fourth time of asking after having been shortlisted in previous years  for Atonement (Best Supporting Actress, 2008), Brooklyn (Best Actress, 2016) and Lady Bird (Best Actress, 2018).

In all Joker received the most nominations this year, having been chosen in 11 categories. Somehow. The Irishman1917 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follow up with 10, while Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit gaining six in all alongside Parasite. You can check out the full list of nominations for this year’s Oscars below:

Best picture

Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best cinematography

The Irishman
The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best supporting actor

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best documentary feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Age of Democracy
For Sama


Best international feature film

Corpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Miserables (France)
Pain & Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea)

Best actor

Antonio Banderas – Pain & Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best costume design

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

Best original score

Little Women
Marriage Story
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Best original song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” – Toy Story 4
I’m Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman
I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough
Into the Unknown – Frozen II
Stand Up – Harriet

Best sound editing

Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best sound mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Best documentary short

In the Absence
live overtakes me
St Louis SUperman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best production design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best original screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best adapted screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best animated feature

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

Best animated short

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love

Best live-action short

Nefta Gootball Club
The Neighbours’ Window
A Sister


Best supporting actress

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

Best film editing

Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

Best actress

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best director

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

Best visual effects

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


Best makeup and hairstyling

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Luke Dunne
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Luke is a writer, film addict and Dublin native who loves how much there is for film fans in his home county. A former writer for FilmFixx and the Freakin' Awesome Network, he founded Film In Dublin to pursue his dual dreams of writing about film and never sleeping ever again.


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