Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 7 April 2020

Two Syrian films have received Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature

‘For Sama’ and ‘The Cave’ have both been nominated in the same category at the 92nd Academy Awards

‘For Sama’ and ‘The Cave’ have both been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards. 
‘For Sama’ and ‘The Cave’ have both been nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards. 

For Sama and The Cave, both filmed in Syria, have received Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature this year.

Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts’s devastating documentary For Sama, constructed using first-person footage by Kateab, was shot over five years in Aleppo.

The film highlights and personalises the country’s heartbreaking conflict and the resilience and suffering of its people.

For Sama has picked up several awards including Prix L’Oeil d’Or for Best Documentary at Cannes Film Festival last year and Best British Independent Film at the British Independent British Awards.

Last week, it also received four Bafta nominations in the following categories: Documentary, Outstanding British Film, Film Not in English Language and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

In The Cave, Oscar-nominated director Feras Fayyad follows the story of Dr Amani Ballour, a paediatrician who stayed in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, to work in a makeshift underground hospital.

This isn’t Fayyad’s first Oscar nomination. In 2017, his film Last Men in Aleppo was nominated for Best Documentary Feature, but lost to American film Icarus.

The other films nominated in the same category this year are The Edge of Democracy, Honeyland and American Factory.

The 2020 Academy Award nominees in full:

Best picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Parasite

Best director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Best actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron , Bombshell

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Best 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

Best supporting actress

Kathy Bates , Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best 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

Best international feature film

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Les Miserables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

Best documentary feature

American Factory

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland

Best original score

Joker, Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

1917, Thomas Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

Best original song

I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away from Toy Story 4. Music and lyrics by Randy Newman

(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman. Music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin

I'm Standing With You from Breakthrough. Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Into the Unknown from Frozen 2. Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Stand Up from Harriet. Music and lyrics by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Best costume design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Best adapted screenplay

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

The Two Popes

Best original screenplay

Knives Out

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Parasite

Best animated feature

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Best cinematography

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

1917

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Best editing

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Best make-up and hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

Best production design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Parasite

Best sound editing

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best sound mixing

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Best visual effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best animated short

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Best documentary short

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best live action short

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors' Window

Saria

A Sister

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The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre.

Updated: January 14, 2020 02:56 PM

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