Via Financial Times

Hollywood’s annual Monday morning of Monday mornings saw the 2020 Oscar nominations announced at exactly 5.18am LA time, the overlooked returning to bed while nominees cranked up campaign plans. Big beasts duly triumphed.

Having spent the weekend dominating the US box office, Sam Mendes’s 1917 secured 10 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director — the film is awards catnip, a tale of selfless heroism doubling as a showcase for technical excellence.

What the movie business most loves to celebrate is, of course, itself, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time …In Hollywood is also up for 10 awards, Best Picture and Best Director among them.

But the Mendes-Tarantino axis has competition. Nestled intriguingly among contenders for the grand prizes are director Bong Joon-ho and Parasite, his black-hearted South Korean social thriller.

And then there is Martin Scorsese and The Irishman, a multiple nominee even if awards voters elsewhere have denied it glory. Still, having been so roundly homaged by Joker, Scorsese can count any success for that movie as his own — Todd Phillips’s splashy origin story winning 11 nods including Best Picture and Best Director.

But its hopes mostly lie with Best Actor, a conclusion foregone enough that nominees should have been named as “Joaquin Phoenix Plus Four”. Unofficial runner-up will likely be Adam Driver for Marriage Story, the film also yielding nominations for Scarlett Johansson as Best Actress and the eternally under-valued Laura Dern, favourite for Best Supporting Actress.

Four years after #oscarssowhite, only one acting nomination among 20 went to a performer of colour – Cynthia Erivo for Harriet – while it remains useful for women filmmakers that the actress categories exist, as there was little room for them elsewhere. Announcing the all-male Best Director shortlist, co-host Issa Rae allowed herself an improvisation: “Congratulations to those men,” she smiled.

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Best Picture

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Columbia Pictures' "Once Upon a Hollywood"

Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood
Odds* of winning: 5/4

1917 film still

Odds: 3/1

PARASITE film still

Odds: 7/2

JOKER film still

Odds: 6/1

THE IRISHMAN film still Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) talk business. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise. © 2019 Netlfix US, LLC. All rights reserved.

The Irishman
Odds: 10/1

Also nominated for Best Picture are:
Marriage Story
Little Women
Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford Vs Ferrari)
Jojo Rabbit

Best Director

(from left) Dean-Charles Chapman (back to camera), director Sam Mendes and George MacKay (back to camera) on the set of Mendes' new epic, "1917."

Sam Mendes, 1917
Odds of winning: Evens

US movie director Francis Ford Coppola receives the Lumiere Award during the 11th edition of the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, central eastern France, on October 18, 2019. (Photo by Nicolas Liponne/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Odds: 2/1

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood
Odds: 6/1

Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in a scene from The Irishman. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.© 2019 Netlfix US, LLC. All rights reserved.

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Odds: 7/1

TODD PHILLIPS directing Joker

Todd Phillips, Joker
Odds: 25/1

Best Actor

JOKER film still

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Odds of winning: 1/10


Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Odds: 6/1

Antonio Banderas as Salvador Mallo in "Pain & Glory'.

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Odds: 20/1

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Columbia Pictures' "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood"

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Odds: 20/1


Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Odds: 20/1

Best Actress

JUDY film still

Renée Zellweger, Judy
Odds of winning: 1/5

This image released by Netflix shows Scarlett Johansson, left, and Adam Driver in

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Odds: 4/1

4130_D002_00630_R Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release. Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Odds: 33/1

Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN.

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Odds: 33/1

Charlize Theron as ‘Megyn Kelly’ and Liv Hewson as ‘Lily Balin’ in BOMBSHELL. Photo Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle.

Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Odds: 33/1

*Betting odds based on Paddy Power prices at 2pm GMT