When Will the Oscar Nominations Be Announced?

With 2019 coming to a close, award season is fast approaching and, casual viewers, critics, and cinephiles alike are awaiting the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and of course, the Academy Awards. While the nominations for the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes have already both been announced, fans are still waiting to find out whether their favorite movies of the year will be Oscar contenders. So, when will the nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards be announced? 

The Oscars
Overview of Oscar statues on display at “Meet the Oscars” | Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The Oscar nominations, according to CNBC.com, will be announced on January 13. Considering the ceremony won’t occur until February 9 (while the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards both occur in January), it should come as no surprise that the nominees have yet to be announced. 

Last year, Tracee Ellis Ross of Black-ish and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) announced the nominations; however, the Hollywood A-listers set to take on the responsibility this year have yet to be confirmed. The Oscar noms are still about a month away, but it’s easy to draw some conclusions concerning those likely to be in the running based on the nominations for Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes. Both ceremonies are usually decent indicators of what’s to come concerning the Oscars. So, let’s dive in. 

Some likely contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars 

When it comes to Best Picture, there are a few obvious movies definitely on everyone’s radar. From 1917 and Marriage Story to The Irishman, Joker, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, an eclectic spread of movies have made their way into the conversations surrounding Best Picture, and all of the aforementioned movies are up for the same award (or similar awards) at the Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards. 

Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit), Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), and more will also likely compete for Best Director, for when a movie is nominated for Best Picture, the director often receives a nomination in tandem (but, not always).

Likely contenders for Best Actor

Adam Driver is definitely a top contender in this category for his performance in Marriage Story. He is nominated for both a Globe and the Critics’ Choice Award. His performance was raw, so realistic it was unsettling, and poignantly relatable. However, Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been hailed by critics and audiences alike. And, Antonio Banderas may have a shot for his role in Pain and Glory. Both Banderas and DiCaprio are nominated for a Globe and a Critics’ Choice. And, who could forget Joaquin Phoenix’s role in Joker? He brought the victim turned villain to life.

Likely contenders for Best Actress

Scarlett Johansson, Cynthia Erivo, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, and Renee Zellweger all have a pretty good shot at taking home the Oscar for Best Actress, as all are also nominated for the Golden Globe. However, Oscars often favor biopics (think Gandhi, Bohemian Rhapsody, The King’s Speech, The Iron Lady, etc.) and Renee Zellweger does all of her own singing in Judy, which is quite impressive. And, not only does she nail each showtune, but her embodiment of Garland is also spot-on and uncanny — down to the performance mannerisms and quick, excited gestures during dialogue.