February 9th is the night of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors movies from the prior year with nominations and awards. The event takes place at the Dolby Theatre in the United States but amongst the nominations, there are representatives from all over the world.

Today, we will be exploring which movies, actors or directors nominated are from different countries!



Best Picture:

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Out of the 9 movies nominated in the category of Best Picture, we have three that take place in Europe. “Jojo Rabbit” is a movie that explores German and Jewish relations amid World War 2, “1917” follows two British soldiers in World War 1, and “Parasite” is a Korean horror film about greed and class discrimination.


Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

In the Lead Actor category, the movie “Pain and Glory” is set in Spain and the actor nominated, Antonio Banderas, is an extremely popular Spanish actor. Another notable mention in this category is Jonathan Pryce’s “The Two Popes” because it is filmed in Vatican City, Italy.


Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci,  “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for their roles in “The Irishman” and Martin Scorsese is nominated for Best Director for the same movie. All three are Italian-Americans.


Animated Feature:

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois
“I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus,” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link,” Chris Butler (English/American)
“Toy Story 4,”  Josh Cooley

Sergio Pablos, Spanish animator, is nominated for Best Animated Feature for “Klaus,” a movie about the importance of postmen in Santa’s Christmas operation. Pablos is well known for his work on Disney films such as “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet”. He also developed the original story that films like “Despicable Me” and “Smallfoot” are based on.


Animated Short:

“Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva
“Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry
“Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan
“Memorable,” Bruno Collet
“Sister,” Siqi Song

In the Animated Short category, we have “Dcera,” which is produced in the Czech Republic, “Memorable,” which is brought to us from France, and “Sister,” by Chinese producer Siqi Song. Song’s animated films have been accepted into many festivals and award ceremonies like Sundance, SXSW, and BAFTA.


Best Documentary Feature:

“American Factory,” Julia Rieichert, Steven Bognar
“The Cave,” Feras Fayyad
“The Edge of Democracy,” Petra Costa
“For Sama,” Waad Al-Kateab, Edward Watts
“Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov

In the category Best Documentary Feature, we have “American Factory,” featuring Chinese actors playing businessmen who came over to America to own and operate a factory. “The Cave,” is by Syrian filmmaker, Feras Fayyad. Fayyad follows a dedicated team of female doctors in wartorn Syria who treat casualties in an underground hospital. “The Edge of Democracy,” by Brazillian filmmaker Petra Costa is about how political leaders in Brazil deal with their ideologically divided country. “For Sama,” is a film made by Waad Al-Kateab (Syrian) and Edward Watts (English) is the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria. “Honeyland,” is a documentary directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov which follows a woman who utilizes ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of Macedonia.


Best Documentary Short Subject:

“In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
“Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas
“St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
“Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix

The category for Best Documentary Short Subject brings us many multicultural nominations. “In the Absence,” by Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam documents the sinking of a South Korean ferry resulting in hundreds of people losing their lives. “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” by American filmmaker Carol Dysinger is the story of young afghan girls learning to read, write, and skateboard, in Kabul. Afghanistan. Finally, “St. Louis Superman,” produced by Indian-Americans’ Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan share an amazing American tale of an offbeat political figure who has turned personal tragedy into a change in the daily violence around him.


Here are other categories!


Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”


Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit” 
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”



Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”


Adapted Screenplay:

“The Irishman,” Steven Zaillian
“Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi
“Joker,” Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
“Little Women,” Greta Gerwig
“The Two Popes,” Anthony McCarten


Original Screenplay:

“Knives Out,” Rian Johnson
“Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach
“1917,” Sam Mendes (British) and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han



“The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto
“Joker,” Lawrence Sher
“The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke
“1917,” Roger Deakins
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson


CLICK HERE for the full list of nominations!