The 2020 Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning and Scarlett Johansson achieved something that hasn't been done in 12 years! She's the third person to get acting and songwriting nominations for the same film, and all were recent. The 71-year-old was last nominated 17 years ago for a supporting role in About Schmidt, and was a leading-actress victor in 1991 for Misery. Saoirse Ronan, Charliza Theron, Renee Zellweger and Cynthia Erivo were nominated, while in leading actor, the nominees were Antonio Banderas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix and Jonathan Pryce.
The most likely candidate was Greta Gerwig ("Little Women"), who was the last woman nominated, two years ago for "Lady Bird".
The nominees for best global film are: "Corpus Christi", Poland; "Honeyland", North Macdeonia; "Les Miserables", France; "Pain and Glory", Spain; "Parasite", South Korea. Five of those, most recently "Roma" past year, won the foreign film Oscar but not best picture.
"Honeyland", a documentary about a keeper of wild bees in North Macedonia, achieved the rare double of being nominated for best global film and best documentary feature. That's an honour that can now be claimed by Rocketman (original song), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (makeup and hairstyling), The Lighthouse (cinematography), Ad Astra (sound mixing) and, for Best Visual Effects, The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars, which was also nominated for its score. His uncle, Lionel Newman, is an Oscar victor and his brother David Newman is an Oscar nominee.
Alfred Newman's 43 Oscar nominations is somehow not a record. Mind you, the Best Supporting Actor nominees already know that - their average age is also 71, lowered somewhat by the youngster Brad Pitt, aged 56. "Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood" came out July 25.