First nominees for 2020 Oscars announced in Los Angeles

Brenda Watkins
January 14, 2020

A record 62 women, representing almost a third of nominees, were nominated for Academy Awards this year, but none for best director. Not only is Joker up for best picture, but it's also been nominated for the achievement in directing, film editing, costume design, cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, sound editing, and sound mixing awards.

The most likely candidate was Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), who was the last woman nominated, two years ago for "Lady Bird". You can see John Cho and Issa Rae announce all of the nominees for this year's awards in the video embedded above. "Frozen 2", the highest grossing animated film ever, was passed over. While Renee Zellweger and Cynthia Erivo overcame that in "Judy" and "Harriet", respectively, Jennifer Lopez ("Hustlers"), Taron Egerton ("Rocketman") and Adam Sandler ("Uncut Gems") didn't. JLo was expected to receive a nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role.

The nominees for best supporting actor are: Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"; Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes,"; Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood"; Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"; Al Pacino, "The Irishman".

Parasite, the buzzy film directed by Bong Joon-Ho, was also a favorite of The Academy: It received six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best International Feature Film.

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"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best worldwide film and best documentary feature.

This year's nominees will for the second straight year go without a host.

Watch the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST on ABC. ABC will again broadcast the show, viewership for which a year ago rose 12% to 29.6 million.

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