I’m on an (usual white-male) Oscar high! The Oscars 2020 Nominees

I’m on an Oscar high! The Academy announced its final nominations just today (Philippine time). 24 Oscar categories are coveted this year, with Warner Bros. Joker bagging the most nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, and Best Director for Todd Philipps.

As usual, there are a lot of issues circulating in The Academy again. There are only a very few females that have been nominated, and the best director isn’t even one of them, making this year the second consecutive time without a female Best Director nomination. The list of nominees is also male white-dominated, which I already expected. Based on Oscar’s history, all categories have almost always been male-dominated, with lead characters in the nominated films being predominantly male.

Jennifer Lopez’s take on the character Lorene in Hustlers made a lot of waves in the critics, so I am wondering why she didn’t make it to the cut. Akwafina, the Golden Globes Best Actress winner, along with her film The Farewell didn’t make it to  either. These occurrences makes me question the academy once again.

Parasite, by Bong Joon Ho makes Oscar history as the first Korean film to earn a Best Picture and Best Foreign Film nomination.

I, as an Asian, however, found a representative through Bong Joon Ho, for the film Parasite, which garnered 6 nominations including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language Film. I’m not just being hopeful, but I am being objective when I say that Parasite, (after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes), has a big shot in the 92nd Academy Awards. However, based on some Oscar history, this has not been the case. The Academy has had several critics regarding their choices, with this vlogger lavishly exposing what the Academy’s real business is about.

Joker earns 11 nominations this year.

In 2018 and 2019, I skipped Oscars because of all these issues, but this year, I decided to take part in its promotions because I’ve seen most of the films that are nominated. What can’t be more excitable? In lieu of that, I present to you the 92nd Oscars Nominations:

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)
Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
Al Pacino (The Irishman)
Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Florence Pugh (Little Women)
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Best Director
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Sam Mendes (1917)

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

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

Best Documentary Feature
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland
American Factory
The Cave

Foreign Language Film
Les Misérables
Parasite
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Pain and Glory

Best Original Screenplay
Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Han Jin-won (Parasite)
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Rian Johnson (Knives Out)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit)
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
Todd Phillips( Joker)
Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes)
Scott Silver (Joker)

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

Best Original Song
Stand Up (From Harriet) (Cynthia Erivo, Joshuah Campbell)
I’m Standing With You (Diane Warren)
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away (Randy Newman)
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
Into the Unknown (Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez)

Best Sound Mixing
Tom Ozanich (Joker)
Steve A. Morrow (Ford v Ferrari)
Michael Minkler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Tom Johnson (Ad Astra)
Stuart Wilson (1917)
Mark Ulano (Ad Astra)
Mark Ulano (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Tod A. Maitland (Joker)
Mark Taylor (1917)
Gary Rydstrom (Ad Astra)

Best Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Avengers: Endgame
1917
The Lion King
The Irishman

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

Best Production Design
Lee Sandales (1917)
Won-Woo Cho (Parasite)
Dennis Gassner (1917)
Nora Sopková (Jojo Rabbit)
Lee Ha-Jun (Parasite)
Ra Vincent (Jojo Rabbit)
Regina Graves (The Irishman)
Nancy Haigh (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Bob Shaw (The Irishman)
Barbara Ling (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Best Animated Short Film
Sister (Siqi Song)
Kitbull (Rosana Sullivan, Kathryn Hendrickson)
Mémorable (Bruno Collet, Jean-François Le Corre)
Daughter (Daria Kashcheeva)

Best Sound Editing
Oliver Tarney (1917)
Donald Sylvester (Ford v Ferrari)
Rachael Tate (1917)
Wylie Stateman (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
David Acord (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Matthew Wood (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Alan Robert Murray (Joker)

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. I have yet to confirm if METRO Channel (Skycable) will livestream the Oscars, but they usually do so every year (at around 7-am PST for the Red Carpet on February 10 for this year). You may also check out the Oscars official website for streaming updates.

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