Oscars 2020: Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations

9 February 2020, 20:01

The Oscars are being held in Los Angeles
The Oscars are being held in Los Angeles. Picture: PA

By Maddie Goodfellow

The biggest night in film will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The 92nd ceremony will see British war epic 1917 take on huge Hollywood hits.

Joker leads the nominations at the Oscars this year, followed by The Irishman and Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood.

1917 will take on Korean social satire Parasite in the race for the top prize at the Oscars today.

Sir Sam Mendes, Sir Elton John and Florence Pugh are among the British contenders hoping to take home prizes, amid criticism of a lack of diversity among nominees.

Director Sir Sam will be aiming to replicate the success 1917 enjoyed at the Bafta film awards, where it took seven of the nine gongs it was nominated for, including best film, best British film, best director and best cinematography.

Joker, Todd Phillips's dark exploration of a troubled loner's descent into madness, leads the way in nominations with 11, ahead of 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood, which have 10 each.

All four of these films are nominated for best picture, alongside Ford V Ferrari - released in the UK as Le Mans '66 - Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and Parasite, which would be the first non-English language movie to win the top prize.

Sir Elton is nominated for his first Oscar since he won the best original song prize for The Lion King in 1995.

This time he is recognised, alongside longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, for his track (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from the biopic about his life, Rocketman.

Joker and Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood have the most nominations
Joker and Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood have the most nominations. Picture: Getty / PA

Cynthia Erivo is the only non-white contender in the acting categories, having picked up a nomination for Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet.

If she wins, she will be the youngest ever EGOT (a winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

The ceremony has again faced criticism for a lack of diversity among nominees after the OscarsSoWhite hashtag started trending in 2015 and 2016, when there were no non-white performers recognised.

Last year, three of the four acting categories were won by non-white actors.

Erivo will compete for best leading actress with Renee Zellweger for Judy, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Saoirse Ronan for Little Women and Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story.

Pugh is nominated for her first Oscar for her turn as Amy March in Little Women, but faces competition for the best supporting actress prize from co-star Laura Dern, who is nominated for her role in Marriage Story and has swept the category at preceding awards ceremonies.

Also recognised in the category is Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell, Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, and Margot Robbie for Bombshell.

Sir Sam is now considered a frontrunner in the directing category, despite competition from industry heavyweights Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Phillips and Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho.

The British movie-maker last won the directing category in 2000 for American Beauty.

Many of the Little Women stars are nominated
Many of the Little Women stars are nominated. Picture: PA

Female directors have been snubbed for a second year in a row, despite anticipation that Greta Gerwig might be recognised for Little Women.

Welsh star Jonathan Pryce is nominated in the leading actor category for The Two Popes but will have to fend off Joaquin Phoenix, who is nominated for Joker after already racking up gongs from Bafta, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice.

Also nominated is Antonio Banderas for Pain And Glory, Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood and Adam Driver for Marriage Story.

Pryce's co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins is nominated in the best supporting actor category, alongside Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for The Irishman, Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood and front runner Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood.

The ceremony will not have a presenter for the second year in a row, but there will be performances from Erivo, Sir Elton, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman, who will perform their nominated songs, as well as from Billie Eilish.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on February 9.

The red carpet is set for the night
The red carpet is set for the night. Picture: PA

Here are the nominees in full:

- Best picture:

Ford v Ferrari (released in the UK as Le Mans '66)

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit


Little Women

Marriage Story


Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood


- 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 actor:

Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

Sir Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes

Al Pacino - The Irishman

Joe Pesci - The Irishman

Brad Pitt - Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood

- Best actress:

Cynthia Erivo - Harriet

Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan - Little Women

Charlize Theron - Bombshell

Renee Zellweger - Judy

- Best supporting actress:

Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell

Laura Dern - Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh - Little Women

Margot Robbie - Bombshell

- 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

- Adapted screenplay:

The Irishman - Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi

Joker - Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women - Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

- Original screenplay:

Knives Out - Rian Johnson

Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach

1917 - Sir Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino

Parasite - Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won

- Best animated feature film:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body


Missing Link

Toy Story 4

- 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

- Best documentary feature:

American Factory

The Cave

The Edge Of Democracy

For Sama


- Best documentary short subject:

In The Absence

Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

- 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:

Corpus Christi - Poland

Honeyland - North Macedonia

Les Miserables - France

Pain And Glory - Spain

Parasite - South Korea

- Achievement in make-up 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 Guonadottir

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 lyrics by Randy Newman

(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman - Music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin

I'm Standing With You from Breakthrough - Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Into The Unknown from Frozen II - Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Stand Up from Harriet - Music and lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

- Achievement in production design:

The Irishman - Production design: Bob Shaw; Set decoration: Regina Graves

Jojo Rabbit - Production design: Ra Vincent; Set decoration: Nora Sopkova

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)

Hair Love




- Best live action short film:


Nefta Football Club

The Neighbours' Window


A Sister

- 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