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Friday 17 January 2020

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Psychoanalysing Oscar

The Academy Award nominations say a lot about how Hollywood is yielding to cultural change – or resisting it. We decided to sit them on the couch

By Peter Hoskin

If you’re a Hollywood celebrity, there are only 23 clothes-shopping days until the Oscars. And if you’re one of the nominees, then, well, you don’t have long to polish your acceptance speech or to practise your I’m-totally-happy-that-my-damn-nemesis-beat-me face. Those nominations were revealed earlier this week, on Monday, one of the biggest days in the film calendar or one of the most detestable, depending on your point of view. Yet, however you feel about the whole affair, there’s no doubting that it reveals something about where the American film industry – one of the biggest purveyors of mass culture in history – is at. Which is why we’ve sifted through the nominations and annotated them, below.

Best picture

Actor in a leading role

Actor in a supporting role

Actress in a leading role

Actress in a supporting role

Animated feature film


Costume Design


Documentary (Feature)

Documentary (short subject)

Film editing

International feature film

Makeup and hairstyling

Music (original score)

Music (original song)

Production Design

Short film (animated)

Sound Editing

Sound mixing

Visual effects

Writing (adapted screenplay)

Writing (original screenplay)


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