The 2020 Oscar Nominees

Jenna Hunter, Editor in Chief

Every year, the best movies, actors, and actresses are chosen to be part of the Oscars ceremony. There are a variety of different categories to be nominated in and out of everyone that is nominated the very best is chosen for each specific category. 

This year, the Oscars will be held on February 9 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It will not have a host for the 2nd year in a row, as last year there were some issues with the scheduled host Kevin Hart, which they would prefer to avoid again this year. Kary Burke, entertainment director from ABC, said in regards to the matter that “together with the Academy, we have decided there will be no traditional host, repeating for us what worked last year. It will have huge entertainment values, big musical numbers, comedy, and star power.” This way people’s focus is on the talented actors and actresses that have been nominated. 

The main categories available to win awards are Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best supporting actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. The nominees for Best Actor are Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”; Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”; Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”; and Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”. The nominees for Best Actress are Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”; Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”; Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”; Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”; and Renée Zellweger, “Judy”. The nominees for Best Supporting Actor are Tom Hanks ,“A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”; Al Pacino, “The Irishman”; Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”; and Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”. The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”; Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”; Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”; Florence Pugh ,“Little Women”; and Margot Robbie ,“Bombshell” . The nominees for Best Director are Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”; Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”; Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”; Sam Mendes, “1917”; and Todd Phillips, “Joker”. And finally, the nominees for Best Picture are “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood”, “The Irishman”,“Parasite”, “1917”, “Marriage Story”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Joker”, “Little Women”, and “Ford v Ferrari”.

This year the Oscars has been under fire as many believe the nominees are lacking in diversity. The only person of color nominated across all possible categories was Cynthia Erivo, who played Harriet Tubman in the film “Harriet”. Recently, there has been a greater push for diversity in the film industry. The Oscars overlooking these decisions this year has many people questioning the credibility and authenticity of the respected awards show.