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Oscar 2020: These Are The Main Contenders For Best Film

More than 40 films will look for a nomination in the main category.

The 93rd edition of the Oscar will take place on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Studies have already begun with campaigns to support their biggest bets ahead of the awards season and The Hollywood Reporter has shared a list with the top 42 contestants who will seek a nomination for Best Picture.

Some films that have already caused a lot of noise in the Oscar race, specifically talking about the main category, include The Irishman by Martin Scorsese, Little Women by Greta Gerwig, Jojo Rabbit by Taika Waititi, Marriage Story by Noah Baumbach or Jay’s Bomshell Roach.

For the great public, the eyes will be on Joker, who had a strong debut at the festival circuit, earning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, as well as Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of a story that Marvel Studios had developed over 21 movies for more than a decade. Toy Story 4 is also listed.


Finally, seeking to repeat the feat of Rome by Alfonso Cuarón, we have among the contestants two acclaimed international films: Parasite de Bong Joon-ho, winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes, in addition to Pain and Glory of Pedro Almodóvar.


Potential candidates for Best Film at the Oscar 2020

  • 1917 (Dir. Sam Mendes)
  • Ad Astra: Towards the stars (Dir. James Gray)
  • Avengers: Endgame (Dirs. Joe & Anthony Russo)
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Dir. Marielle Heller)
  • A Hidden Life (Dir. Terrence Mallick)
  • Bomshell (Dir. Jay Roach)
  • Booksmart: The Night of the Nerds (Dir. Olivia Wilde)
  • Cats (Dir. Tom Hooper)
  • Clemency (Dir. Chinonye Chukwu)
  • Dark Waters (Dir. Todd Haynes)
  • Dolemite Is My Name (Dir. Craig Brewer)
  • Pain and Glory (Dir. Pedro Almodóvar)
  • Downton Abbey (Dir. Michael Engler)
  • The Farewell (Dir. Lulu Wang)
  • Ford v Ferrari / Against the impossible (Dir. James Mangold)
  • Once upon a time … in Hollywood (Dir. Quentin Tarantino)
  • Harriet (Dir. Kasi Lemmons)
  • Honey Boy (Dir. Alma Har’ el)
  • Wall Street Hustlers / Scammers (Dir. Lorene Scafaria)
  • Jojo Rabbit (Dir. Taika Waititi)
  • Joker (Dir. Todd Phillips)
  • Judy (Dir. Rupert Goold)
  • Just Mercy (Dir. Destin Daniel Cretton)
  • Knives Out / Between knives and secrets (Dir. Rian Johnson)
  • Marriage Story (Dir. Noah Baumbach)
  • Motherless Brooklyn (Dir. Edward Norton)
  • Little Women (Dir. Greta Gerwig)
  • We (Dir. Jordan Peele)
  • Parasite (Dir. Bong Joon-ho)
  • Queen & Slim (Dir. Melina Matsoukas)
  • The Aeronauts (Dir. Tom Harper)
  • The Banker (Dir. George Nolfi)
  • The Irishman (Dir. Martin Scorsese)
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Dir. Joe Talbot)
  • The Lighthouse (Dir. Robert Eggers)
  • The Report / Classified Report (Dir. Scott Z. Burns)
  • The Two Popes (Dir. Fernando Meirelles)
  • Richard Jewell (Dir. Clint Eastwood)
  • Rocketman (Dir. Dexter Fletcher)
  • Toy Story 4 (Dir. Josh Cooley)
  • Uncut Gems (Dirs. Josh & Ben Safdie)
  • Waves (Dir. Trey Edward Shults)


The announcement of the films that will compete for the Oscar will take place on  January 13, 2020.

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