Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Joker, and Irishman Sweep Oscars 2020

Written by: Rachel Goodman – January 13th, 2020 2:59pm PT

Not unsurprisingly, based on what we saw with the Golden Globes, certain films have swept through the Oscars nominations. The Irishman, Joker, 1917, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood picked up multiple nominations across the board.

The Irishman. Credit: Netflix

Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations for the 2020 Oscars in mid-January. Joker picked up 11 nominations—including in the best actor, best film, best adapted screenplay, and achievement for music written for a motion picture. 

1917. Credit: Universal

1917 picked up ten nominations (original screenplay, visual effects, best director, and best film to name a few). Though 1917 has crushed the nominations, no actor from the film was nominated for an award, perhaps indicating the very nature of the ensemble aspect of war and the message director Sam Mendes hoped to convey.

Joker. Credit: Warner Bros.

The Joker picked up 11 nominations, while The Irishman picked up ten. Of interesting note, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are “competing” against one another as both have been nominated for Actor in a Supporting Role for their work in the film.

Here are some other highlights from the announced nominations:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardi DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cynthia Evrivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), Renée Zellweger (Judy)
  • Best Director: Martin Scorses (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite)
  •  Best Picture: Ford V Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Some unexpected (though not undeserved) nominations include:

  • Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker—picking up nominations in sound editing, visual effects, and music written for film.
  • Kathy Bates—nominated for best supporting actress for her work in Richard Jewell.
  • Maleficient: Mistress of Evil—nominated in the makeup and hair category.
  • Ad Astra for achievement in sound mixing.

We don’t have long to wait until the actual awards. Be sure to tune in to the 92nd Academy Awards airing on February 9th, 2020, at 3:30 pm PST. It’s sure to be a tense night seeing which films take home the Oscars!

About The Author:

Rachel Goodman is a Los Angeles based actress, host, and writer originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. In college, Rachel wrote for the Penn State Abington Literary Review and was an editorialist for The Lion’s Roar and The Montgomery County Ticket.

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