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Oscar Nominations 2020

Oscar Nominations 2020

Yesterday the Oscar nominations came out, and although this theatre junkie has little time for the movie theatre, he loves it nonetheless. So I eagerly waited to hear what got and want did not get the love and respect of the Oscar voters. You know there will be controversy, as there is right now in the UK with the BAFTAs but maybe, just maybe, those voters will see through a broader lens and a wider color and genre vision. I’m an optimist.

John Cho and Issa Rae announced the nods early Monday morning, and the obvious frontrunners were all there: “The Irishman”, “1917”, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” predictably taking the focus, but there were a few surprises. Love was given most gleefully to both “Joker” and “Parasite” – the later being the only one I saw of these five.

Some surprising dismissals of the morning was J.Lo who was ignored, as was the case with Eddie Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), Awkwafina (“The Farewell”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) shocking the crowd who wanted a broader spectrum in these categories.  Another was the non-existence of “Rocketman” and Taron Egerton, beyond the nod for a Best Original Song “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.” Many thought the film had a decent shot at a Best Costume Design nomination, or at the very least a nod for its star Egerton, who was previously nominated at the SAG Awards, the BAFTAs, and won the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. That was a shock as I was pretty sure he’d make the cut. I liked the movie overall, although not desperately, but really saw Egerton leading the way to at least a few nominations.

And once again in a disturbingly predictable manner that states everything you want to know about the Academy, they chose to honor five men with Best Director nominations despite incredible work by Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”), Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”), Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”). Don’t get me (too) wrong. Those five men did great work, I hear, as I only saw “Parasite”, which was friggin’ phenomenal, I also loved “Little Women” and heard great things about these other female directed features. So when will the Oscars see through a broader lens? Not this year I guess.

Best Picture

“Ford v Ferrari” (Disney/Fox)

“The Irishman” (Netflix)

“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)

“Joker” (Warner Bros.)

“Little Women” (Sony)

“Marriage Story” (Netflix)

“1917” (Universal)

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)

“Parasite” (Neon)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)

Todd Phillips (“Joker”)

Sam Mendes (“1917”)

Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)

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 Actress

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)

Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)

Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)

Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)

Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)

Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)

Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)

Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)

Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)

Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)

Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Adapted Screenplay

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”)

Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)

Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”)

Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)

Best Original Screenplay

Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)

Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)

Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”)

Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Animated Feature

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World””

“I Lost My Body”


Missing Link

“Toy Story 4”

International Feature Film

“Corpus Christi”


“Les Miserables”

“Pain and Glory”


Best Documentary

“American Factory”

The Cave

“Edge of Democracy”

“For Sama”


Best Cinematography

“The Irishman”


“The Lighthouse”


“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Costume Design

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”


“Little Women”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing

Ford vs. Ferrari

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”



Makeup and Hairstyling




Maleficent: Mistress of Evil


Original Score


“Little Women”

“Marriage Story”


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” “Harriet

Production Design

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”


“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”


Sound Editing

“Ford v Ferrari”



“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra

“Ford vs. Ferrari”



“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

“The Irishman”

“The Lion King”


“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Documentary (Short Subject)

“In the Absence”

Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone If You’re a Girl

“Life Overtakes Me”

“St. Louis Superman”

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

Short Film (Animated)


Hair Love




Short Film (Live Action)


“Nefta Football Club”

The Neighbor’s Window


“A Sister”

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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to

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