Early this morning, Issa Rae and John Cho revealed the movies, actors, actresses, directors, songwriters and others who have a shot at taking home a little gold man on February 9.
In my mind, there were no huge surprises or upsets, except for the fact that Frozen II didn’t make the Best Animated Feature Film shortlist. What? I cannot let it gooooooooo….!
While some were really rooting for Jennifer Lopez to earn a Supporting Actress nod for her role in Hustlers, I personally never expected that to happen. Nor did I expect any women to be nominated in the Best Director category, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less disappointed about Greta Gerwig not making the cut for Little Women . However, I am psyched that Scarlett Johansson is up for both Actress in a Leading Role (Marriage Story) AND Actress in a Supporting Role (Jojo Rabbit). Bravo, ScarJo!
Snubs include Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems, Lupita Nyong’o for her dual roles in Us, both Awkwafina and The Farewell overall, Eddie Murphy for Dolemite is My Name, Robert De Niro for The Irishman, Beyoncé for her song “Spirit” from The Lion King, and Taron Egerton for Rocketman.
If anything at all was unexpected, it’s that Joker — a film dogged by controversy about its role in portraying a violent murderer as sympathetic — is leading the pack with 11 nominations. Joaquin Phoenix took home a Golden Globe for his performance and also snagged a Critics’ Choice Award last night, so he’s definitely on a roll.
The Academy announced last week that the awards show itself (airing on ABC at 8 pm ET) will be hostless for the second year in a row, after last year’s first attempt at the new format after was well received. However, if you watched the 2019 show you know that it had an opening number with Adam Lambert and the remaining original members of Queen, the headline-making “Shallow” performance by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and the hilarious trio of Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph as the night’s first presenters.
Will this year’s telecast have any must-tune-in-for moments like those? We know that Fey and Poehler have already signed on to host the 2021 Golden Globes, so I would assume they may be contractually obligated to avoid presenting at the Oscars. But I’m sure as the big night grows closer we’ll start getting some tantalizing hints about what we can expect…
And with that, here are the nominations for the major categories, and you can find the full list on Oscars.com.
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho and Jin Won Han
Who will you be rooting for on Oscar night?