The nominees for the Academy Awards are being announced in Los Angeles.
Issa Rae and John Cho are announcing nominees in 24 categories that honor the best achievements in films released in 2019.
The nominees for best supporting actress are: Kathy Bates, â€œRichard Jewellâ€; Laura Dern, â€œMarriage Storyâ€; Scarlett Johansson, â€œJojo Rabbitâ€; Florence Pugh, â€œLittle Womenâ€; Margot Robbie, â€œBombshell.â€
The nominees for best supporting actor are: Tom Hanks, â€œA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhoodâ€; Anthony Hopkins, â€œThe Two Popes,â€; Brad Pitt, â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywoodâ€; Joe Pesci, â€œThe Irishmanâ€; Al Pacino, â€œThe Irishmanâ€.
The nominees for best original score are: Hildur GuÃ°nadÃ³ttir, â€œJokerâ€; Alexandre Desplat, â€œLittle Womenâ€; Randy Newman, â€œMarriage Storyâ€; Thomas Newman, â€œ1917â€; John Williams, â€œStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.â€
The nominees for costume design are: â€œThe Irishman;â€ â€œJojo Rabbit;â€ â€œJoker;â€ â€œLittle Women;â€ â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywoodâ€
Nominees in the top categories will be announced beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Oscar.com, Oscars.org and carried live on â€œGood Morning America.â€
This year’s nominees should bring plenty of star power to the Feb. 9 ceremony – a good thing, too, since the show will for the second straight year go without a host.
Thankfully, this Oscar year isnâ€™t lacking for drama. Netflix is gunning for its first best picture win, a year after Alfonso Cuaron’s â€œRomaâ€ fell just short. It has not just one but at least two contenders led by Martin Scorseseâ€™s elegiac crime epic â€œThe Irishmanâ€ and Noah Baumbachâ€™s intimate divorce drama â€œMarriage Story.â€
But in the lead up to Mondayâ€™s nominations, much of the momentum has gone to a pair of movies that exalt the big screen with showmanship and celebrity: Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood,â€ with Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, and Sam Mendes’ continuous World War I thrill ride, â€œ1917.â€ Hollywood, in the midst of a streaming upheaval, has so far favored the traditionally released movies.
Still, no definite front-runner has emerged, and nominations morning could tip the scales anew in a rapid-paced awards season that, while not lacking for the usual battery of parties, screenings and Q&As, is more condensed than usual.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences select anywhere from five to 10 nominees for best picture, depending on how many first-placed votes a film gets. Thatâ€™s usually meant eight or nine movies. This year, the precursor guild nominations have suggested the sure things are â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood,â€ â€œ1917,â€ â€œThe Irishman,â€ Taika Waititiâ€™s â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ and Bong Joon Hoâ€™s â€œParasite.â€
That leaves a few slots to be battled out by â€œJoker,â€ â€œLittle Women,â€ â€œFord v Ferrari,â€ â€œKnives Out,â€ â€œBombshellâ€ and â€œThe Farewell.â€
â€œParasiteâ€ will be the first Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar but itâ€™s likely to land several nominations, including Bong for best director and possibly Song Kang Ho for best supporting actor.
The director category will be especially closely watched. Though Greta Gerwig (â€œLittle Womenâ€) is a possibility, the academy is expected to nominate an all-male field despite a year in which women made significant gains behind the camera. The academy has nominated only men for best director in all but five years; Gerwig was the last woman nominated, two years ago.
In the acting categories, Renee Zellweger (â€œJudyâ€) has consistently led the best actress contenders. Should Awkwafina be nominated, she would be only the second woman of Asian descent nominated in the category. (The first, 1936 nominee Merle Oberon, hid her South Asian heritage.)
Pitt has a lock on the supporting actor Oscar, which would be his first ever. Laura Dern (â€œMarriage Storyâ€) and Lopez have led the supporting actress nominees. A nomination would be the first for Lopez.
The best actor category, after a few lackluster years, has been especially competitive, with Joaquin Phoenix (â€œJokerâ€) and Adam Driver (â€œMarriage Storyâ€) as the most entrenched nominees in a field including DiCaprio, Antonio Banderas (â€œPain and Gloryâ€), Christian Bale (â€œFord v Ferrariâ€), Eddie Murphy (â€œDolemite Is My Nameâ€), Adam Sandler (â€œUncut Gemsâ€) and Robert De Niro (â€œThe Irishmanâ€).
While a similar result Monday is unlikely, the British Film Academy last week nominated an all-white field of acting nominees. Widely criticized, the BAFTAs pledged to review its awards process.
BeyoncÃ© will likely add an Oscar nomination to her many honors, for her â€œLion Kingâ€ song. â€œAmerican Factory,â€ the first release from Barack and Michelle Obamaâ€™s production company, Higher Ground, is likely to be among the documentary nominees.
After the most dominant box-office year in Hollywood history, the Walt Disney Co. will have reasons to celebrate Monday, though their top films – including the record-setting Marvel blockbuster â€œAvengers: Endgameâ€ – are expected to be largely relegated to categories like best visual effects. The studio, which has never won a best picture Academy Award, does have a few contenders via its acquisition in April of 20th Century Fox. Both â€œFord v Ferrariâ€ and â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ (released by specialty label Fox Searchlight) will compete in the top categories.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place Feb. 9 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre. ABC will again broadcast the show, viewership for which last year rose 12% to 29.6 million.
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