Oscar Sidebars 2020

  • Best Picture Release Dates:
    • Once upon a Time…in Hollywood – July 25, 2019
    • Joker – October 3, 2019
    • Parasite – October 10, 2019
    • Jojo Rabbit – October 17, 2019
    • The Irishman – November 1, 2019
    • Marriage Story – November 6, 2019
    • Ford v Ferrari – November 14, 2019
    • Little Women – December 25, 2019
    • 1917 – December 25, 2019
  • A record 62 women were nominated, almost one third of this year’s nominees.
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Joker, The Irishman) and David Heyman (Marriage Story, Once upon a Time…in Hollywood) are the sixth and seventh producers to have two films nominated for Best Picture in the same year (since 1951 when individual producers first became eligible as nominees in the category). Previous producers were Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos (1974), Scott Rudin (2010), Megan Ellison (2013), and Steve Golin (2015). The Best Picture category expanded from five to up to ten films with the 2009 Awards year.
  • Parasite is the eleventh non-English language film nominated for Best Picture and the sixth to be nominated for both International Feature Film (formerly Foreign Language Film) and Best Picture in the same year. Each of the previous five (Z, 1969; Life Is Beautiful, 1998; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, 2000; Amour, 2012; Roma, 2018) won for Foreign Language Film but not Best Picture. In April 2019, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rename the Foreign Language Film category to International Feature Film.
  • With his ninth Directing nomination, Martin Scorsese is the most-nominated living director. Only William Wyler has more nominations in the category, with a total of 12.
  • In the acting categories, five individuals are first-time nominees (Antonio Banderas, Cynthia Erivo, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Jonathan Pryce). Eight of the nominees are previous acting winners (Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Charlize Theron, Renée Zellweger). Adam Driver is the only nominee who was also nominated for acting last year.
  • Saoirse Ronan is the second youngest four-time acting nominee at age 25. Jennifer Lawrence is the youngest.
  • Cynthia Erivo is the third person to receive acting and song nominations for the same film. Mary J. Blige was the first, with her nominations for Mudbound in 2017, followed by Lady Gaga with her nominations for A Star Is Born last year. Barbra Streisand was the first person to receive nominations in both categories but for different films.
  • Composer Hildur Guðnadóttir is the ninth woman nominated in the music scoring categories.
  • John Williams continues to add to his record number of music scoring nominations with his 47th. His overall total of 52 nominations (including five for Original Song) is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.
  • Randy Newman’s ninth nomination for Original Score and thirteenth nomination for Original Song, and Thomas Newman’s fifteenth nomination for Original Score, bring the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy) to 93, more than any other family.
  • Three generations of Minklers have been Oscar-nominated in the Sound Mixing category. Brothers Bob and Lee, their nephew Michael, and Michael’s son Christian have a combined total of 16 nominations (including two this year), and four wins.
  • With his tenth nomination, Alan Robert Murray has set a record for the Sound Editing category.
  • Little Women is the fourth film version of the Louisa May Alcott novel to receive Academy Award nominations, for a total of 14 nominations.