The 92nd Academy Awards

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony takes place on February 9, 2020.


The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced this morning, and in a year that the industry as a whole recognized that the lack of representation of women and people of color was an issue, I wish I could say that, once again, no women being nominated as Best Director was a surprise. Or that Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) being the only actor of color nominated was a surprise, or that the nomination of Little Women for Best Picture shouldn't have been a surprise with this year's awards season track record, but our industry has a far bit to go.

The expected juggernaut of films led the pack: Joker with 11 nominations, The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood rounding out the top films across categories.These top-line nominations went pretty much as expected based on the prior awards this season. Roger Deakins rightfully grabbed a Cinematography nomination for the extraordinary one-shot look of 1917, now playing at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

In a year of historic, and well-deserved, nominations—Parasite is South Korea's first Oscar nomination for Best International Film, also grabbing a nod for Best Picture; Honeyland was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best International Feature; Saoirse Ronan is the youngest person to have received four nominations—it is disheartening that the Academy once again overlooked amazing contributions from women directors including The Farewell, Hustlers, Clemency, and A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. So many films crossed genres and really pushed the envelope on inventive filmmaking (Midsommar, Waves, Honey Boy, Her Smell, and The Last Black Man In San Francisco), and I really hoped that the Academy would break free of the "tried and true" and nominate some of these amazing works.

The Best International Feature category is an exciting one, with heavily favored Parasite facing some great competition in Pain And Glory, Corpus Christi, Les Miserables, and Honeyland (all SIFF presentations!). Women lead the race in the Best Documentary field though, with four out of five films directed or co-directed by a woman. These nominations show that the Academy voters are thinking about democracy, the costs of war, and political change around the world, with Edge Of Democracy, The Cave, American Factory, Honeyland, and For Sama.

Three films that screened at SIFF 2019 were nominated for Short Film Oscars: two in Best Short Film (Live Action), "Brotherhood" and "Nefta Football Club," and "Sister" in the Best Short Film (Animated) category.

There were a number of snubs; no nomination for Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Adam Sandler and Eddie Murphy being overlooked for their career-high roles in Uncut Gems and Dolemite Is My Name, Golden Globe-winning Awkwafina not being nominated (and The Farewell being shut out completely), and even Frozen 2 not getting the nod! Other personal favorites (the costume design on Dolemite, production design on Greener Grass, short film "Mind My Mind," Biggest Little Farm and One Child Nation not making the best Documentary cut) were left out, but c'est la vie.

- Beth Barrett | SIFF Artistic Director
January 13, 2020

* denotes a film screening as part of a SIFF program

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women*
Marriage Story*
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 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 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 Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women*
Margot Robbie, Bombshell*

Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Steve Zaillian, The Irishman
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Greta Gerwig, Little Women*
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker

Best Original Screenplay
Rian Johnson, Knives Out*
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story*
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917*
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite*

Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

International Feature Film
Corpus Christi*
Les Miserables*
Pain and Glory*

Best Documentary
American Factory*
The Cave
Edge of Democracy
For Sama*

Best Cinematography
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse*
Roger Deakins, 1917*
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*

Best Costume Design
Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
Mark Bridges, Joker
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women*
Arianne Phillip, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*

Film Editing
Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, Ford v Ferrari
Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman
Tom Eagles, Jojo Rabbit
Jeff Groth, Joker
Yang Jinmo, Parasite*

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

Original Score
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women*
Randy Newman, Marriage Story*
Thomas Newman, 1917*
John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

Production Design
The Irishman
Production Design: Bob Shaw
Set Decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit
Production Design: Ra Vincent
Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

Production Design: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*
Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Production Design: Lee Ha Jun
Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

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

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

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

Documentary (Short Subject)
"In the Absence"
"Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You're a Girl"
"Life Overtakes Me"
"St. Louis Superman"
"Walk Run Cha-Cha"

Short Film (Animated)
"Hair Love"

Short Film (Live Action)
"Nefta Football Club"*
"The Neighbor's Window"
"A Sister"