Only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director and not one woman was considered good enough this year. “Congratulations to those men,” said Issa Rae dryly, after reading the all-male list.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 14, 2020

BAFTA was at pains to highlight its disappointment in the lack of diversity, race and sex in its nominations. The Oscars 2020 nominations, presented promisingly by Issa Rae and John Cho, managed to avoid this paradox.

All 10 Academy Award nominees in the supporting actress and actor categories are white – including frontrunners Laura Dern (Marriage Story) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood). However Antonio Banderas and Cynthia Erivo were nominated for best actor and best actress (Banderas for Pain & Glory and Erivo for Harriet), and Bong Joon-ho, was nominated for best director for Parasite. Parasite also received Oscars nominations for best film, Best International Feature (previously called Best Foreign Language Film). Harriet was also nominated in the Best Original Song category for Stand Up.

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet, Oscar nomination

“It means the world. It’s an achievement that I think most actors and actresses dream of in their lifetime, and I can’t believe that it’s happening today. Especially where the song is concerned, that, to me, is unbelievable,” Erivo told Deadline. “To have my song get that kind of recognition is beyond, because music is definitely a love of mine.”

Erivo, born in London, England, will soon appear in HBO’s Stephen King adaptation The Outsider, with films by Doug Liman (Chaos Walking) and John Ridley (Needle in a Timestack) about to be released, Erivo is at work on the third season of National Geographic’s Genius, in which she’ll star as Aretha Franklin.

Only five women have ever been nominated for an Oscar Best Director and not one woman was considered good enough this year, which means the directors now have not nominated women 455 times. Greta Gerwig for Little Women, Marielle Heller for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Kasi Lemmons for Harriet were surprise omissions.

“Congratulations to those men,” said Issa Rae dryly, after reading the all-male list.

The Joker received 11 nominations, the most, including best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, with Sam Mendes’s World War 1 thriller 1917, Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to 60s Los Angeles, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Martin Scorsese’s mob epic, The Irishman received 10 nominations.

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Netflix, the studio that made The Irishman, for the first time received the most Oscars nominations – 24. Disney received 23 and Sony 20.

Academy Award nominations in full. The Oscars will be on 9 February.

Best picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best actress
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best 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

Best supporting actress
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 director
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Best animated feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best animated short
Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best adapted screenplay
The Irishman

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Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best original screenplay
Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Parasite

Best cinematography
The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best documentary
American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best documentary short
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best live action short
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbours’ Window
Saria
A Sister

Best international feature film
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite

Best editing
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best sound editing
Ford v Ferrari
Joker

1917

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Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker

Best sound mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best production design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best original score
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best 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 II
Stand Up, Harriet

Best makeup and hair
Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best costume design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best visual effects
Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker