Thoughts // BREAKING DOWN THE 92nd ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Joker tops the list with 11 nominations; 14 people earned multiple nominations.



With Issa Rae and John Cho at the helm, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards. Hollywood legends earned a number of nods, including multiple mentions for Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood). It was Todd Phillips's Joker, however, that earned the most mentions with 11 nominations, including Best Picture.


Many blind spots littered the list of nominations, including misses for Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Lupita Nyong'o (Us), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is My Name) and, in directing, Greta Gerwig (Little Women). In fact, only one person of color received an acting nomination (Cynthia Erivo, Harriet). Gerwig's miss in directing was noticeable as the all-male nominees meant a number of female directors from an impressive year for film were left unnamed.


As for major wins, Parasite became the first-ever South Korean film to earn an Academy Award nomination. On top of its International Feature nomination, the film by Bong Joon Ho earned five other nominations, including Best Picture. North Macedonian documentary Honeyland also made history by becoming the first film to earn a nomination in both International Feature and Documentary Feature.


The films now considered the favorites to potentially win Best Picture include Sam Mendes's 1917 and Tarantino's Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood. Both films are box office successes (or, rather, 1917 is on its way to being a box office success), audience favorites, and are original titles from beloved directors.


Besides just being a divisive list of nominees, the names mentioned include a number of double-nominees. From two first-time acting nominees to each director earning other nods, here's a look at the people celebrating a little extra this awards season.


The Oscars will be held Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Scroll all the way down to see the complete list of nominations.


Noah Baumbach

Nominated: Best Picture (Marriage Story); Best Original Screenplay (Marriage Story)

The king of the current dramedy, Baumbach has celebrated an impressive career since his first film, Kicking and Screaming, premiered at the 1995 New York Film Festival. Since then, the writer/director has earned an Oscar nomination (Best Original Screenplay, The Squid and the Whale), and a devoted following. Besides the critical hit Marriage Story, Baumbach also celebrated the birth of a son with actress/director Greta Gerwig.


Bong Joon Ho

Nominated: Best Picture (Parasite); Best Director (Parasite); Best Original Screenplay (Parasite); Best International Feature Film (Parasite)

Bong Joon Ho jumped into international fame for his film Memories of Murder in 2003. Since then, he's opened other international hits like The Host and Snowpiercer. His film with Netflix, Okja, competed for the Palme d'Or in 2017 before Parasite's win in 2018. His nominations this year mark the first-ever for a South Korean film.


Cynthia Erivo

Nominated: Best Actress (Harriet); Best Original Song ("Stand Up," Harriet)

As a stage actress, Erivo earned the Tony Award for her starring role in The Color Purple. Her first film roles came in 2018's Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale. With her role in Harriet and her nominations for acting and songwriting, Erivo joins Mary J. Blige as the only two people in Oscar history to earn performing/songwriting nominations in the same year. If she wins one of the two awards for which she's nominated, she would become the latest person to EGOT.


David Heyman

Nominated: Best Picture (Marriage Story); Best Picture (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood)

Heyman has amassed a number of BAFTA Award nominations and wins over the years for producing several films in the Harry Potter franchise. Because of his relationship to Harry Potter, Heyman extended his work with Alfonso Cuarón to producing Gravity, of which Heyman was nominated for Best Picture. His mother, Norma Heyman, is an Academy Award-nominated producer (Dangerous Liaisons).


Scarlett Johansson

Nominated: Best Actress (Marriage Story); Best Supporting Actress (Jojo Rabbit)

Currently the highest-paid actress in the world, Johansson has appeared in many Oscar-winning films but has never earned a nomination for her work. Her film debut was in the family film North, while the 2001 indie, Ghost World, launched her towards stardom. Her performance in Lost in Translation won the BAFTA Award.


Emma Tillinger Koskoff

Nominated: Best Picture (The Irishman); Best Picture (Joker)

Experienced producer, Koskoff has worked on a number of Martin Scorsese's films, including The Wolf of Wall Street and Silence. She began her Hollywood career as an assistant for actor Uma Thurman and director Phil Joanou. She served as an associate producer on The Departed, which continued into a lucrative producing career. Her first Oscar nomination was for Best Picture (The Wolf of Wall Street) in 2014.


Sam Mendes

Nominated: Best Picture (1917); Best Director (1917); Best Original Screenplay (1917)

Like Scorsese, Mendes has previously won the Best Director Oscar (American Beauty). Before breaking into film with his Best Picture-winning American Beauty, Mendes was a celebrated stage director, leading plays like The Cherry Orchard and musicals like Cabaret. His other film credits include Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, and Skyfall.


Randy Newman

Nominated: Best Original Score (Marriage Story); Best Original Song ("I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away," Toy Story 4)

Newman was nominated 15 times before he finally won an Oscar (for "If I Didn't Have You" from Monsters, Inc.). Since then, Newman has picked up one other win. His work for Marriage Story and Toy Story 4 makes him one of the select few nominated for multiple Oscars for multiple projects in the same year.


Todd Phillips

Nominated: Best Picture (Joker); Best Director (Joker); Best Adapted Screenplay (Joker)

Previously nominated for Adapted Screenplay (Borat), Phillips powered through awards season with his controversial Joker. Phillips's career started in documentaries before directing and writing a number of high profile, raunchy "stoner" comedies like Road Trip and Old School. He hit is big with the box office juggernaut The Hangover and its subsequent sequels.


Martin Scorsese

Nominated: Best Picture (The Irishman); Best Director (The Irishman)

As a film director and producer, Scorsese has created some of the greatest achievements of the modern film era. His nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards set his total number of nominations at 14. He's won one Academy Award, for directing The Departed.


Quentin Tarantino

Nominated: Best Picture (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood); Best Director (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood); Best Original Screenplay (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood)

California-raised Tarantino devotes much of his career to pop culture references and celebrating many of the visual styles and traditions he grew to love. His directorial debut was Reservoir Dogs, though he'd already earned fans for screenplays like True Romance. His three nominations this year add to his other five nods. He's previously won for his screenplays for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.


Dominic Tuohy

Nominated: Best Visual Effects (1917); Best Visual Effects (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)

Tuohy has been in the special effects industry since 1987's Withnail & I. Through television and film, Tuohy has amassed over 45 credits, including his first Oscar-nominated effects job for Solo: A Star Wars Story. His work in 1917 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker makes him one of a few nominated for multiple Oscars for multiple projects in the same year.

Mark Ulano

Nominated: Best Sound Mixing (Ad Astra); Best Sound Mixing (Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood)

As a sound mixer, Ulano has worked on many of the greatest films of the modern film era, including Titanic, for which he received his first Oscar nomination and win. His career began in the late 70s, leading to work on films like Cujo, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and From Dusk Till Dawn. His work on Ad Astra (the sole nomination for the film) and Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood makes him one of a few nominated for multiple Oscars for multiple projects in the same year.


Taika Waititi

Nominated: Best Picture (Jojo Rabbit); Best Adapted Screenplay (Jojo Rabbit)

Previously nominated for an Oscar (Best Live-Action Short Film, Two Cars, One Night), Waititi is a New Zealand filmmaker who made his mark in smaller films before landing the directing gig for Thor: Ragnarok. He wrote, directed, and starred in Jojo Rabbit, the screenplay for which has also earned him a BAFTA nomination.




BEST PICTURE


FORD V FERRARI

Prods. Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold

(20th Century Fox)


THE IRISHMAN

Prods. Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

(Netflix)


JOJO RABBIT

Prods. Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)


JOKER

Prods. Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

(Warner Bros.)


LITTLE WOMEN

Prod. Amy Pascal

(Sony Pictures)


MARRIAGE STORY

Prods. Noah Baumbach, David Heyman

(Netflix)


1917

Prods. Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall

(Universal Pictures)


ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Prods. Quentin Tarantino, David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh

(Sony Pictures)


PARASITE

Prods. Kwak Sin Ae, Bong Joon Ho

(NEON)



BEST DIRECTOR


Bong Joon Ho

PARASITE


Sam Mendes

1917


Todd Phillips

JOKER


Martin Scorsese

THE IRISHMAN


Quentin Tarantino

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD



BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE


Cynthia Erivo

HARRIET


Scarlett Johansson

MARRIAGE STORY


Saoirse Ronan

LITTLE WOMEN


Charlize Theron

BOMBSHELL


Renée Zellweger

JUDY



BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


Antonio Banderas

PAIN AND GLORY


Leonardo DiCaprio

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD


Adam Driver

MARRIAGE STORY


Joaquin Phoenix

JOKER


Jonathan Pryce

THE TWO POPES



BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE


Kathy Bates

RICHARD JEWELL


Laura Dern

MARRIAGE STORY


Scarlett Johansson

JOJO RABBIT


Florence Pugh

LITTLE WOMEN


Margot Robbie

BOMBSHELL



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR


Tom Hanks

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD


Anthony Hopkins

THE TWO POPES


Al Pacino

THE IRISHMAN


Joe Pesci

THE IRISHMAN


Brad Pitt

ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD



BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)


KNIVES OUT

Written by Rian Johnson


MARRIAGE STORY

Written by Noah Baumbach


1917

Written by Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns


ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

Written by Quentin Tarantino


PARASITE

Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won

Story by Bong Joon Ho



BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)


THE IRISHMAN

Screenplay by Steven Zaillian


JOJO RABBIT

Screenplay by Taika Waititi


JOKER

Written by Todd Phillips, Scott Silver


LITTLE WOMEN

Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig


THE TWO POPES

Written by Anthony McCarten



BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)


JOKER

Hildur Gu∂nadóttir


LITTLE WOMEN

Alexandre Desplat


MARRIAGE STORY

Randy Newman


1917

Thomas Newman


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

John Williams



BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)


"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away"

TOY STORY 4

Music and Lyric by Randy Newman


"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"

ROCKETMAN

Music by Elton John

Lyric by Bernie Taupin


"I'm Standing With You"

BREAKTHROUGH

Music and Lyric by Diane Warren


"Into the Unknown"

FROZEN II

Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez


"Stand Up"

HARRIET

Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell, Cynthia Erivo



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM


HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis, Bonnie Arnold

(Universal Pictures)


I LOST MY BODY

Jérémy Clapin, Marc du Pontavice

(Netflix)


KLAUS

Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh, Marisa Román

(Netflix)


MISSING LINK

Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight

(Annapurna Pictures)


TOY STORY 4

Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera

(Disney/Pixar)



BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM


CORPUS CHRISTI

(Poland)


HONEYLAND

(North Macedonia)


LES MISERABLES

(France)


PAIN AND GLORY

(Spain)


PARASITE

(South Korea)



BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)


AMERICAN FACTORY

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert

(Netflix)


THE CAVE

Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barford, Sigrid Dyekjær

(National Geographic)


FOR SAMA

Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

(PBS)


HONEYLAND

Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska, Atanas Georgiev

(NEON)



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


THE IRISHMAN

Rodrigo Prieto


JOKER

Lawrence Sher


THE LIGHTHOUSE

Jarin Blaschke


1917

Roger Deakins


ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Robert Richardson



BEST FILM EDITING


FORD V FERRARI

Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker


THE IRISHMAN

Thelma Schoonmaker


JOJO RABBIT

Tom Eagles


JOKER

Jeff Groth


PARASITE

Yang Jinmo



BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, Dan Sudick


THE IRISHMAN

Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser, Stephane Grabli


THE LION KING

Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones


1917

Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, Dominic Tuohy


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Roger Guyett, Dominic Tuohy, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach



BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN


THE IRISHMAN

Production Design: Bob Shaw

Set Decoration: Regina Graves


JOJO RABBIT

Production Design: Ra Vincent

Set Decoration: Nora Sopková


1917

Production Design: Dennis Gassner

Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Production Design: Barbara Ling

Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


PARASITE

Production Design: Lee Ha Jun

Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo



BEST COSTUME DESIGN


THE IRISHMAN

Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell


JOJO RABBIT

Mayes C. Rubeo


JOKER

Mark Bridges


LITTLE WOMEN

Jacqueline Durran


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Arianne Phillips



BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING


BOMBSHELL

Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Vivian Baker


JOKER

Nicki Ledermann, Kay Georgiou


JUDY

Jeremy Woodhead


MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten, David White


1917

Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, Rebecca Cole



BEST SOUND EDITING


FORD V FERRARI

Donald Sylvester


JOKER

Alan Robert Murray


1917

Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate


ONCE UPON A TIME IN...HOLLYWOOD

Wylie Stateman


STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

David Acord, Matthew Wood



BEST SOUND MIXING


AD ASTRA

Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Mark Ulano


FORD V. FERRARI

Paul Massey, David Giammarco, Steven A. Morrow


JOKER

Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Tod Maitland


1917

Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson


ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD

Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, Mark Ulano



BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)


BROTHERHOOD

Meryam Joobeur, Maria Gracia Turgeon


NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB

Yves Piat, Damien Megherbi


THE NEIGHBORS' WINDOW

Marshall Curry


SARIA

Bryan Buckley, Matt Lefebvre


A SISTER

Delphine Girard



BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)


DCERA (DAUGHTER)

Daria Kashcheeva


HAIR LOVE

Matthew A. Cherry, Karen Rupert Toliver


KITBULL

Rosana Sullivan, Kathryn Hendrickson


MEMORABLE

Bruno Collet, Jean-François Le Corre


SISTER

Siqi Song



BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)


IN THE ABSENCE

Yi Seung-Jun, Gary Byung-Seok Kam


LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU'RE A GIRL)

Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva


LIFE OVERTAKES ME

John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson


ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN

Smriti Mundhra, Sami Khan


WALK RUN CHA-CHA

Laura Nix, Colette Sandstedt


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