2020 Oscar Noms Show That Change Is Slow

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The 92nd Academy Award Nominations are out!

Names and nominations for this year’s Oscars were released earlier today, and it seems a big takeway is the shakeup of old Hollywood with the new realities of the entertainment world. A prime example of this is the fact that Netflix’s The Irishman and Marriage Story have collected 24 nominations, including best picture honors, combined.

In terms of diversity, this year’s Oscars is relatively more of the same. The films that gained the most nominations were primarily white and male-focused. This includes Joker gaining 11 nominations including best picture, director (Todd Phillips), actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and score (Hildur Guðnadóttir). Then, the World War I epic 1917, and Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood both received 10 nominations. And so too did The Irishman.

In fact, it seems “The Oscars So White” is still a thing for the Awards ceremony as Cynthia Orivo was the only Black actor or actress to receive a nomination (for her work in Harriet…, another slavery film). Meanwhile, notablile female directors from this year such as Greta Gerwig (Little Women) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) were ignored. Thankfully, at least, Parasite was respected by the Academy enough to gain six nominations, including best picture nom.

But how did LGBTQ artists and films do this year? Unfortunately, noms for LGBTQ  projects were fairly slim. Antonio Banderas was nominated for Best Actor in Pain and Glory for playing a gay director and the film recieved a Best International Feature Film nod. In addition, Margot Robbie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her lesbian role in Bombshell.  Then finally, Rocketman’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” was nominated for Best Original Song. Other notable LGBTQ films from the year like Booksmart and Portrait of a Lady on Fire were completely ignored.

A disappointment, to say the least. But, at least we have the Dorian Awards to fall back on.

But what were the rest of the nominations? You can find that information down below.

Best picture

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”



“Marriage Story”

“Jojo Rabbit”


“Little Women”

“Ford v Ferrari”

Best actress in a leading role

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Best actor in a leading role

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Best director

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

Best actor in a supporting role

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”

Best actress in a supporting role

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Best animated feature film

“Toy Story 4”

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“Missing Link”

“I Lost My Body”


Best international feature film

South Korea, “Parasite

Spain, “Pain and Glory”

France, “Les Misérables”

North Macedonia, “Honeyland”

Poland, “Corpus Christi”

Best original screenplay

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


“Knives Out”


Best adapted screenplay

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Little Women”

“The Two Popes”


Best documentary feature

“American Factory”

“The Edge of Democracy”


“For Sama”

“The Cave”

Best 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”

Best visual effects

“Avengers: Endgame”

“The Lion King”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“The Irishman”


Best cinematography

“1917,” Roger Deakins

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson

“The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto

“Joker,” Lawrence Sher

“The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke

Best production design

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”


“Jojo Rabbit”


Best makeup and hairstyling




“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”


Best costume design

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Little Women”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”


Best original score

“1917,” Thomas Newman

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat

“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

Best 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”

Best animated short film

“Dcera (Daughter)”

“Hair Love”




Best live action short film


“Nefta Football Club”

“The Neighbors’ Window”


“A Sister”

Best film editing

“The Irishman”

“Ford v Ferrari”



“Jojo Rabbit”

Best sound mixing


“Ford v Ferrari”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Ad Astra”


Best sound editing


“Ford v Ferrari”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


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