If I Chose the 2020 Oscar Nominations

Some may disagree, but to most the 2020 Oscar nominations were less than ideal for me. The general crop of movies they nominated was pretty good, but they left out some great movies and ignored talent that deserved more recognition for their work. So this list simply states what the Oscar nominations would look like if I were to choose them.

Disclaimer: some categories won’t be included either because I couldn’t find enough movies I considered to be eligible or I had not watched enough to accurately fill the category. Also, I may have missed some nominees that should be in here somewhere and do not hesitate to give me feedback. I’ll edit my picks if I agree! 🙂

Best Picture


Marriage Story

Little Women

The Irishman

The Farewell


Avengers: Endgame

Knives Out

Ready or Not


Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Robert De Niro – The Irishman

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Taron Egerton – Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

George MacKay – 1917

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

Kang-ho Song – Parasite

Woo-sik Choi – Parasite

Adam Brody – Ready or Not

Robert Downey Jr. – Avengers: Endgame

Timothée Chalamet – Little Women

Best Actress in a Leading Role:

Lupita Nyong’o – Us

Awkwafina – The Farewell

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Samara Weaving – Ready or Not

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Shuzhen Zhao – The Farewell

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Thomasin McKenzie – Jojo Rabbit

Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

Best Animated Feature Film:


Toy Story 4


Missing Link

Frozen 2

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins – 1917

Hoyte Van Hoytema – Ad Astra

Jarin Blaschke – The Lighthouse

Pawel Pogorzelski – Midsommar

Lawrence Sher – Joker

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran – Little Women

Luca Canfora & Beatriz de Benedetto – The Two Popes

Julian Day – Rocketman

Arianne Phillips – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Mayes C. Rubio – Jojo Rabbit

Best Direction

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

Lulu Wang – The Farewell

Sam Mendes – 1917

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Best Film Editing

Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt – Ford v. Ferrari

Bob Ducsay – Knives Out

Nick Houy – Little Women

Lee Smith – 1917

Chris Dickens – Rocketman

Best International Feature Film


The Farewell

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady On Fire

I Lost My Body

Best Makeup and Hairstyling


Little Women


Avengers: Endgame


Best Original Score

Michael Abels – Us

Hildur Guonadóttir – Joker

Thomas Newman – 1917

John Williams – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Alan Silvestri – Avengers: Endgame

Best Original Song

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

“Into the Unknown” – Frozen 2

“Spirit” – The Lion King

“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” – Rocketman

“Invisible” – Klaus

Best Production Design

Mark Tildesley – The Two Popes

Ra Vincent – Jojo Rabbit

Dennis Gassner – 1917

Jess Gonchor – Little Women

Ha-jun Lee – Parasite

Best Sound Editing (and Sound Mixing because I still don’t know the difference)


The Two Popes

Ford v. Ferrari


Ad Astra

Best Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

Ad Astra

The Irishman

I Am Mother


Best Adapted Screenplay

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes

Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely – Avengers: Endgame

Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Best Original Screenplay

Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han – Parasite

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Lulu Wang – The Farewell

Rian Johnson – Knives Out

Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns – 1917

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