By Beth Deitchman
Who will the 92nd Oscars® go to? We’re officially one step closer to finding out, with nominations for this year’s Academy Awards® announced this morning live from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Company’s portfolio of brands combined for a total of 23 nominations in 15 categories. Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is among the nominees for best Animated Feature Film and is also nominated in the best Original Song category for “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (with music and lyrics by Disney Legend Randy Newman), along with Frozen 2’s anthem “Into the Unknown,” featuring music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Jojo Rabbit is among the nominees for Best Picture and received six nods in all. Ford v Ferrari, from 20th Century Fox, received four nominations, and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is represented in three categories, including John Williams for best Original Score.
Congratulations to all of The Walt Disney Company’s Oscar nominees:
Ford v Ferrari—Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and James Mangold, Producers
Jojo Rabbit—Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers
Actress in a Supporting Role
Scarlett Johansson—Jojo Rabbit
Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4—Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen, and Jonas Rivera
Jojo Rabbit—Mayes C. Rubeo
Ford v Ferrari—Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Jojo Rabbit—Tom Eagles
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—John Williams
Animated Short Film
Kitbull—Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
Ford v Ferrari—Donald Sylvester
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—Matthew Wood and David Acord
Ad Astra—Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, and Mark Ulano
Ford v Ferrari—Paul Massey, David Giammarco, and Steven A. Morrow
The Cave—Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod, and Sigrid Dyekjær
Makeup and Hairstyling
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten, and David White
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4—Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“I’m Standing with You” from Breakthrough—Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2—Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Jojo Rabbit—Production Design: Ra Vincent, Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame—Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken, and Dan Sudick
The Lion King—Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Elliot Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, and Dominic Tuohy
Jojo Rabbit—Screenplay by Taika Waititi
“I’m humbled by our six nominations this morning. Thank you to the Academy for embracing Jojo Rabbit and its message. My congratulations and thanks go to the entire cast and crew,” said director, writer and producer Taika Waititi.
Scarlett Johansson was recognized in two categories this year—for best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Rosie Betzler, the title character’s mother in Jojo Rabbit, as well as Actress in a Leading Role for Marriage Story. She describes the films as highlights of her career, noting, “I am deeply humbled by the Academy’s recognition of my work, which would not have been possible without the support of the incredibly gifted actors and writer/directors that I’ve been so fortunate to collaborate with.”
Toy Story 4’s director, Josh Cooley, and producers, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, said, “Working on Toy Story 4 has been an incredible journey and a tremendous honor. We love these characters so much—they are like family to us. Our goal was to tell a story that explored the idea that our purpose is a moving target. It’s humbling how that message resonated with audiences around the world. We hope people have found it not only to be entertaining, but thoughtful as well.
“Of course it’s also a film about toys, which hopefully helps imbue the experience with humor and fun, as well as emotional depth. But for us, and our entire crew, when we receive an honor like today’s two nominations, it’s clear our purpose is to strive to tell great stories. Thank you Academy for this recognition—to infinity and beyond!”
“I’m very happy,” said Disney Legend Randy Newman of the nomination for his song “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.” “I loved working with Josh Cooley on Toy Story 4. I’m proud of this song. I like it as well as any song I’ve written for a movie. I hope it wins.”
Frozen 2 songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez shared, “For us, ‘Into the Unknown’ is more than a song—it’s a culmination of a decade-long collaboration with the incredible artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios, led by our partners and friends Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. We have been so lucky to work hand-in-hand almost daily for five years helping to craft the story and songs for Frozen 2. To be honored by the Academy once more means the world to us.”
Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan is nominated alongside Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy for the visual effects in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Skywalker Saga’s epic conclusion. “Unbelievable, I feel incredibly lucky and honored to be nominated,” he said. “For the entire team, it is confirmation that all of their commitment and hard work has been noticed and acknowledged at the highest level. The Rise of Skywalker is the last film in the trilogy and with that comes some sadness, however this nomination is a perfect way to finish.”
Find out who’ll take home the Oscars on Sunday, February 9, 2020, when the awards are presented at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. The festivities will be televised live on ABC beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.