This Year’s Oscar Nominations

On Monday, January 13th, Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards Ceremony. “Joker,” leads with 11 nominations followed by “The Irishman,” “1917,” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” all with 10 nominations each. The South Korean film, “Parasite,” garnered six nominations, which is usually unusual for a foreign film. The Best Picture Nominees are “Ford vs. Ferrari,” “Little Women,” “The Irishman,” “1917,” “Joker,” “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Marriage Story,” and “Parasite.”

The acting categories are full of some of Hollywood’s finest actors. The Lead Actress nominees are Cynthia Ervio (“Harriet”), Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) and Renee Zellweger (“Judy”). The Lead Actor nominees are Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”), Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”).

Johansson is also nominated in the supporting actress category for her performance in “Jojo Rabbit.” The other supporting actress nominees are Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”), Florence Pugh (“Little Women”), and Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”). The supporting actor category is filled with Hollywood acting legends Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Al Pacino (“The Irishman”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”), and Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”), and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”).

John Williams is once again nominated for the Best Original Score for the score he created for the movie “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” This is his 52nd nomination. The scores from “1917,” “Little Women,” “Joker,” and “Marriage Story” have all been nominated as well. The nominations for the best original song come from the movies “Toy Story 4,” “Rocketman,” “Breakthrough,” “Frozen 2,” and “Harriet.”

The Best Foreign Film category has changed its name this year and is now called the Best International Feature Film. The films nominated this year are “Corpus Christi” from Poland, “Honeyland” from North Macedonia, “Les Miserables” from France, “Pain and Glory” from Spain, and “Parasite” from South Korea. The International Feature film nominee “Honeyland” from North Macedonia is also nominated for Documentary Feature.

Original screenplay nominees include “Knives Out” written by Rian Johnson, “Marriage Story” written by Noah Baumbach, “1917” written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood,” written by Quentin Tarantino and “Parasite,” written by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won. The adapted screenplay nominees are “The Irishman,” written by Steven Zaillian, “Jojo Rabbit,” written by Taika Waititi, “Joker” written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, “Little Women” written by Greta Gerwig, and “The Two Popes” written by Anthony McCarten.

Of course, the nominations do come with some controversy. Despite many award-worthy films being directed by women, there were no women nominated in the directing category. The nominees for Achievement in Directing are Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”), Todd Phillips (“Joker”), Sam Mendes (“1917”), Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”), and Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”). Even Issa Rae sarcastically congratulated “those men” after announcing what ended up being the all-male category. Only five women have ever been nominated in the directing category, and only one of them, Kathryn Bigelow, has actually won the coveted golden statue.

About Author

Jordan Jones was hired as the Culture reporter for the Mesa Legend in January of 2020. She is in her second semester at MCC, and she plans to transfer to ASU and get an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Film Study and Art History. With her degrees and passion for cinema, Jordan intends to become a film archivist.

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