Monday, January 13, 2020

JOKER DOMINATES THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2020

By José Alberto Hermosillo

"Little Women" will faceoff the Big Men at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, January 9th, 2020.
Oscar Nominations 2020
This year, the stories reflected in the Best Picture category are mostly male-driven works directed by men. Those titles include, "Joker," "1917," "Ford v Ferrari," "Jojo Rabbit," "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood," "The Irishman," but "Marriage Story" and "Parasite" are more gender-balanced projects. "Little Women" looks up for more gender equality in every sense.

Most of the films qualifying in the main categories were screened in theaters in Los Angeles and New York in 2019. Looking back, the year 2019 will be remembered as one of the most uneven years in recent history. Optimistically thinking, with more productions directed by women and other communities, we will start seeing the #OscarsSoWhite like something from the past.

Many new Hollywood productions are oriented to close "the gender gap." The producers are also looking up for more "diversity and inclusion."

In the mid-time, we can relax, sit back and enjoy the admirable works that so many talented people in the industry brought us and who deserve recognition by the members of the Academy.
The big favorite is "Joker" with more nominations, 11; "1917" and "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" have 10, and "Little Women" has 8.

"Parasite" with six nods is the 11th non-English Best Picture nominee. Therefore, it did not break the record of more nominations for a foreign film like "Roma" had last year with 10 or "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" also with 10 nominations for a non-English film in the year 2000.

"Pain and Glory" has two, Antonio Banderas for the best actor and Spain for the best international feature.

"Honeyland" from North Macedonia opened in theaters mid-July, and it has two nominations, for best international feature film and for best documentary feature.

Once again, no women were nominated for the best director, but more women were nominated in other essential categories as best picture producers, writers, and music composers.

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Antonio Banderas in “Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood”
  • Adam Driver in “Marriage Story”
  • Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker”
  • Jonathan Pryce in “The Two Popes” 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Tom Hanks in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
  • Anthony Hopkins in “The Two Popes”
  • Al Pacino in “The Irishman”
  • Joe Pesci in “The Irishman”
  • Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood”


Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Cynthia Erivo in “Harriet”
  • Scarlett Johansson in “Marriage Story”
  • Saoirse Ronan in “Little Women”
  • Charlize Theron in “Bombshell”
  • Renée Zellweger in “Judy”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Kathy Bates in “Richard Jewell”
  • Laura Dern in “Marriage Story”
  • Scarlett Johansson in “Jojo Rabbit”
  • Florence Pugh in “Little Women”
  • Margot Robbie in “Bombshell”
Best animated feature film of the year
  • “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
  • “I Lost My Body” Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
  • “Klaus” Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
  • “Missing Link” Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
  • “Toy Story 4” Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera
Achievement in cinematography
  • “The Irishman” Rodrigo Prieto
  • “Joker” Lawrence Sher
  • “The Lighthouse” Jarin Blaschke
  • “1917” Roger Deakins
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” Robert Richardson
Achievement in costume design
  • “The Irishman” Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Mayes C. Rubeo
  • “Joker” Mark Bridges
  • “Little Women” Jacqueline Durran
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” Arianne Phillips
Achievement in directing
  • “The Irishman” Martin Scorsese
  • “Joker” Todd Phillips
  • “1917” Sam Mendes
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite Bong Joon Ho
Best documentary feature
  • “American Factory” Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, and Jeff Reichert
  • The Cave Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, and Sigrid Dyekjær
  • “The Edge of Democracy” Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
  • “For Sama” Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
  • Honeyland Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev
Best documentary short subject
  • “In the Absence” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
  • “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)” Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
  • “Life Overtakes Me” John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
  • “St. Louis Superman” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
  • “Walk Run Cha-Cha” Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt
Achievement in film editing
  • “Ford v Ferrari” Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
  • “The Irishman” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Tom Eagles
  • “Joker” Jeff Groth
  • Parasite Yang Jinmo
Best international feature film of the year
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
  • “Bombshell” Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
  • “Joker” Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
  • “Judy” Jeremy Woodhead
  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
  • “1917” Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis, and Rebecca Cole
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • “Joker” Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • “Little Women” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Marriage Story” Randy Newman
  • “1917” Thomas Newman
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” John Williams
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • “I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4.”
    Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  • “(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
    Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
  • “I'm Standing With You” from “Breakthrough”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • “Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II”
    Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “Stand Up” from “Harriet”
    Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo 
Best motion picture of the year
  • “Ford v Ferrari” Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold, Producers
  • “The Irishman” Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  • “Jojo Rabbit” Carthew Neal, and Taika Waititi, Producers
  • “Joker” Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  • “Little Women” Amy Pascal, Producer
  • “Marriage Story” Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
  • “1917” Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
  • Parasite Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers
Achievement in 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 animated short film
  • “Dcera (Daughter)” Daria Kashcheeva
  • “Hair Love” Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
  • “Kitbull” Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
  • “Memorable” Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
  • “Sister” Siqi Song 
Best live-action short film
  • “Brotherhood” Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
  • “Nefta Football Club” Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
  • “The Neighbors' Window” Marshall Curry
  • “Saria” Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
  • “A Sister” Delphine Girard
Achievement in sound editing
  • “Ford v Ferrari” Donald Sylvester
  • “Joker” Alan Robert Murray
  • “1917” Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” Wylie Stateman
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Matthew Wood and David Acord
Achievement in sound mixing
  • “Ad Astra” Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
  • “Ford v Ferrari” Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
  • “Joker” Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
  • “1917” Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
  • “Once upon a Time...in Hollywood” Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler, and Mark Ulano 
Achievement in visual effects
  • “Avengers: Endgame” Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, and Dan Sudick
  • “The Irishman” Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser, and Stephane Grabli
  • “The Lion King” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliot Newman
  • “1917” Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler, and Dominic Tuohy
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy
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 
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
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