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Oscars 2020: You May Be Surprised By This Year's Nominees

Oscars 2020: You May Be Surprised By This Year's Nominees

See the full list of Academy Awards nominees, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Directing, and more.

Margaret Flores


5 min read

January 13, 2020

Awards season is in full swing, and one of the most highly anticipated awards shows is less than a month away: The 2020 Academy Awards. Taking place on Sunday, February 9, at Hollywood’s iconic Dolby Theatre, the Oscars ceremony draws the attention of the entertainment industry and film fans from around the world. The buzz builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscars telecast, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to see the red-carpet fashion, watch the glamorous ceremony, and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. 

This year’s Academy Awards nominees were announced earlier today by actors Issa Rae and John Cho—and it seems Joker may get the last laugh. The comic-book blockbuster leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Directing for Todd Phillips, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Joaquin Phoenix. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917, and The Irishman are close behind, with 10 nominations each. 

Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt picked up Oscar nominations for their standout acting in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was also nominated for Best Picture. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

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The Irishman wasn’t the only Netflix original to nab several Oscar nominations. The streaming entertainment service also nabbed three nominations for The Two Popes starring Anthony Hopkins and six nominations for the poignant Marriage Story featuring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

Per usual, the Oscar nominations annoucement came with some snubs and controversy. When naming the 2020 nominees for Best Directing, Rae slyly made a point to say that all of the nominees were men again—“Congratulations to those men,” she said—as Little Women director Greta Gerwig was notably overlooked despite six other nominations for the film. Many critics were also surprised that neither Jennifer Lopez’s performance in Hustlers nor Jordan Peele’s Us was recognized. Frozen 2  was also noticeably absent from the Animated Feature category, but Disney is still represented with Toy Story 4.

See which of your favorite movies and actors received Oscar nominations—and who they’re up against—in the full list of the 92nd Academy Award nominees below. And make sure to tune in to the February 9 awards show, airing on ABC at 5 p.m.

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Little Women

Marriage Story


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Lead Actor

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

Lead Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

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

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell


Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Animated Feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body


Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Animated Short

Dcera, Daria Kashcheeva

Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry

Kitbull, Rosana Sullivan

Memorable, Bruno Collet

Sister, Siqi Song

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi

Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham

Little Women, Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay

Knives Out, Rian Johnson

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach

1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han


The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto

Joker, Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke

1917, Roger Deakins

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Robert Richardson

Best Documentary Feature

American Factory, Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar

The Cave, Feras Fayyad

The Edge of Democracy, Petra Costa

For Sama, Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood, Meryam Joobeur

Nefta Football Club, Yves Piat

The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry

Saria, Bryan Buckley

A Sister, Delphine Girard

Best Foreign Language Film

Corpus Christi, Jan Komasa

Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

Les Miserables, Ladj Ly

Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland

The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles

Joker, Jeff Groth

Parasite, Jinmo Yang

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester

Joker, Alan Robert Murray

1917, Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker, Matthew Wood, David Acord

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Production Design

The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova

1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh

Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee

Original Score

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

1917, Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

The King, Nicholas Britell

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 2

“Stand Up,” Harriet

Makeup and Hair




Maleficent: Mistress of Evil


Costume Design

The Irishman, Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson

Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo

Joker, Mark Bridges

Little Women, Jacqueline Durran

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Arianne Phillips

Visual Effects

Avengers Endgame

The Irishman


The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Are you surprised by any of the nominations? Let us know in the comments. 

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