2020 Oscar Nominations Arrive With Women And People Of Color Almost Completely Missing From List

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

With the Golden Globes behind us, now we can focus on one of the biggest awards show of the season — the Oscars.

Nominees were announced today, January 13, and the list is shocking for a few reasons. Once again, the list seemed to ignore actors of color. Since there were so many notable movies that came out in 2019 that would be considered for an Oscar, it seems a little ridiculous that the nominees are not more diverse. At the very least, people are starting to take note when these nominees are announced.

Hollywood actors come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so having a bunch of nominees who aren’t is a little peculiar.

Having a list of nominees that don’t include people of color or women directors is inexcusable. For example, Little Women was nominated for best picture. However, director Greta Gerwig — who did a fantastic job on the film — was absent from the list of Oscar-nominated directors.

The nominees selected are still very talented. Still, one movie may end up sweeping multiple categories. Here are the movies, actors, and talents up for the big award.

Best Picture

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

This list should come as no surprise, and these were the movies people couldn’t stop talking about. Joker is up for 11 nominations this year, meaning that it’s a likely front-runner. However, The Irishman1917, and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood have 10, meaning that it’ll be a tough competition.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

The best actor category is also baffling. While Joaquin has been praised for his role in Joker, it’s possible that Adam Driver may win this one. Marriage Story, which is available on Netflix, is a painful — yet oddly beautiful — watch, much in thanks to his role as stage director Charlie Barber.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

These five women should all be quite proud of the jobs they took on this past year. Saoirse Ronan was a beautiful Jo March, adding even more depth to an already beloved character. However, Charlize Theron constantly manages to dominate every role she’s given. Playing news anchor Megyn Kelly couldn’t have been simple.

Best Director

  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Sam Mendes, 1917

Perhaps next year, we’ll see some women in the mix. At the very least, this year is bound to be interesting. It’ll be tough to beat a talent like Martin Scorsese, but Todd Phillips might do it. Fans were in love with the way he helped create the Joker’s unfortunate backstory.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story

It was a big year for both Laura Dern and Scarlett Johansson, who were part of multiple big movies this year. For Laura, her standout role was in Marriage Story. Margot Robbie also shouldn’t be ignored, as she’s blossoming into one of Hollywood’s most versatile talents.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman

It’s been a great year so far for Tom Hanks. That said, it’s been almost a bigger year for Brad Pitt. The actor, who’s been publicly dragged in the tabloids for years based on his high-profile marriages (and divorces), reminded people that he’s still one of Hollywood’s top actors in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Film Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Parasite

Let’s show some love for the editors out there. While you likely don’t think, “Wow, what great editing,” after watching a movie in theaters, it’s still key in making sure the story flows. Without an editor, your movie might run for way too long. This category is anyone’s game.

Costume Design

  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Costumes are also a key part in a movie, especially a period piece. While the costumes in all of these films were fantastic, this one might go to Little Women. According to InStyle, designer Jacqueline Durran was inspired by actual paintings from the time period when creating the looks for the March sisters.

Original Score

  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sometimes, the best score is something that fades in the background and makes a scene seem more warm and familiar. Other times, it’s the perfect way to drum up a moment of anticipation. Music is incredibly important to a movie, and all five of these nominees would be worthy — especially 1917, Joker, and Little Women.

Live Action Short Film

  • Brotherhood
  • The Neighbor’s Window
  • Nefta Football Club
  • A Sister
  • Saria

If you want to be as knowledgeable as possible before the Oscars, that means that you should also catch up on the live action short films. These might be a little harder to find. According to Refinery29, last year’s nominees were available to stream on iTunes, Amazon, and Video on Demand through cable companies. So you might want to keep an eye out.

Sound Editing

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • 1917

Fans of Star Wars might be a little bummed that most of their nominations seem to be in the sound department, but think about it. What’s the franchise without sound? Out of all of the nominees, Star Wars may stand out the most — but like many other categories, it’ll be a tough call.

Original Song

  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” – Toy Story 4
  • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman
  • “Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
  • “I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
  • “Stand Up” – Harriet

It’s a little surprising that Beyoncé was snubbed for her song “Spirit” in Disney’s The Lion King remake. You’d assume that would have been a shoe-in. However, “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II may be a good nomination for Disney — it’s no “Let It Go,” but it still served as a big part of the movie.

International Feature Film

  • Corpus Christi
  • Les Misérables
  • Pain and Glory
  • Honeyland
  • Parasite

If you’re a fan of international films, you were likely awaiting the nominees for this category. According to the Washington Post, Parasite is actually the first South Korean film to ever appear in this category. Since it’s been making waves, and it’s nominated in other categories as well, it stands out from the rest.

Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Finally, a place for Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King to shine! While both movies are likely front-runners in the visual effects category, it’s safe to assume that The Lion King might be the standout here. The reason being, there are still people out there who assume that the movie used actual lions.

Animated Feature Film

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

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise is bigger than you think. All three films in the series have been nominated for best animated feature before. This year may be the year for a win. Of course, nobody would be upset about a Toy Story 4 win, either.

Other Nominees

There are plenty of other categories out there, and Good Morning America has the full list. Between now and the Oscars, which are set to air on February 9, you have plenty of time to catch up on the films you have yet to see. Some are still in theaters, while others are available to buy or rent online.