These are all of the key 2020 Oscar nominations

These are all of the key 2020 Oscar nominations
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Nominations for the Oscars – the film industry’s most prestigious awards – have been announced ahead of the February ceremony.

This year’s big hitters, like The Irishman, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, Joker, Little Women, and Marriage Story, have all secured a raft of nominations in various categories, but there were still some surprises.

The critically acclaimed South Korean film Parasite was nominated in multiple categories – a rare feat for a foreign language film.

Parasite’s director, Bong Joon Ho, was nominated for the screenplay and the direction, and the film itself was nominated for both best international feature, and best picture.

Scarlett Johansson was rewarded for her performances in Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story with best supporting actress, and best supporting actress nominations for each respectively.

Diversity controversy

But the nominations have not been without controversy, and this year’s awards have faced repeated criticism for a perceived failure to recognise black and minority ethnic artists and filmmakers.

The trending #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has highlighted many people’s frustrations with the awards, as well as the expectation that white artists will dominate the nominations again this year.

There is also widespread frustration with the number of women nominated for traditionally male-dominated industry roles, like directing.

Presenter Issa Rae emphasised many people’s dissatisfaction when she said, pointedly, “congratulations to all those men”, after reading out the names of the best director nominees.

Here are all of the nominations for some of the most sought-after awards categories.

Best original screenplay

Knives Out – Rian Johnson
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won

Best 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

Best international feature film

Corpus Christi – Poland
Honey Land – North Macedonia
Les Miserables – France
Pain and Glory – Spain
Parasite – South Korea

Best actor in a supporting role

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

Best actress in a supporting role

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

Best actor in a leading role

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 in a leading role

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renee Zellweger – Judy

Best director

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

Best picture

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