Joker leads Oscar noms, 1917 and Irishman close behind

Women and ethnic minorities were largely shut out once again

A shot from Todd Phillips's Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix.

South Korean class satire Parasite made history and Joker surprisingly edged out The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood in Monday’s Oscar nominations. Yet, women and ethnic minorities were once again largely shut out.

The pre-dawn Academy Award announcement capped months of ceaseless campaigning by A-listers and studios, revealing which stars and movies have a shot at Hollywood's ultimate prize next month, on 9 February.

Todd Phillips's Joker, a dark, arthouse origin story about Batman's nemesis starring Joaquin Phoenix topped all films with 11 nominations to the 92nd Academy Awards, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and Sam Mendes’ continuous World War I tale 1917 all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece, including best picture and director. South Korean class satire Parasite, from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist. Even Greta Gerwig, whose acclaimed Little Women was acknowledged in several of the major categories, including best picture, did not make it, in a repeat of her disappointing omission from the Golden Globes.

In an industry harshly criticised for its lack of diversity, the Oscars also picked only one non-white acting nominee - British star Cynthia Erivo, who plays US anti-slavery icon Harriet Tubman in Harriet. Notable ethnic snubs included Eddie Murphy for blaxploitation biopic Dolemite Is My Name, Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Awkwafina for The Farewell and Lupita Nyong'o for Us.

Industry website Deadline Hollywood called Monday's nominations "basically #OscarsSoWhite Part 2: #OscarsSoWhiterAndWithMoreMen," referring to a hashtag begun in 2015 in response to the lack of diverse nominees.

Still, the Oscar nominations were great news for Netflix, with them bagging a record number of nods in its history - 24 in total or more than any other Hollywood studio. The 10 nominations for The Irishman tied the most for a Netflix film, following Roma” last year. Scorsese, a one-time winner for The Departed, was nominated for best director for the ninth time. The film also won nods for Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and its de-aging special effects.

“We put all of ourselves into this picture,” said Scorsese in a statement.

The absolute stunner Marriage Story, meanwhile received six nominations - Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Adam Driver), Actress in a Leading Role (Scarlett Johansson), Actress in a Supporting Role (Laura Dern), Original Screenplay (Noah Baumbach) and Original Score (Randy Newman).

Other Netflix films with nominations include “The Two Popes,” “I Lost My Body” and “Klaus.”

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, also made history for South Korea. Along with the country’s first nomination for best international film, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winner also scored nods for Bong’s direction, best editing and best production design. It hence became just the sixth non-English language movie nominated for both best international feature and best picture.

Moreover, Tom Hanks received his first Oscar nomination since “Cast Away” 19 years ago for his Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” And despite being joined by Al Pacino, Pesci and Anthony Hopkins, in the Best Supporting Actor category, the overwhelming favorite is Brad Pitt, who is heading toward his first acting Academy Award.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place 9 February in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre. ABC will again broadcast the show, viewership for which last year rose 12% to 29.6 million. Last year alike, 2020’s ceremony will go without a host.

 

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood

Marriage Story

Parasite

1917

Actress in a supporting role

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Actor in a supporting role

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

Foreign Language Film

South Korea, Parasite

Spain, Pain and Glory

France, Les Misérables

North Macedonia, Honeyland

Poland, Corpus Christi

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

Documentary Feature

American Factory

The Edge of Democracy

Honeyland

For Sama

The Cave

Original Song

I'm Standing With You, Breakthrough

Into the Unknown, Frozen II

Stand Up, Harriet

(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again, Rocketman

I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story 4

Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Little Women

The Two Popes

Joker

Original Screenplay

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Parasite

Knives Out

1917

Actor in Leading Role

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

Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Renee Zellweger, Judy

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

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

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Todd Phillips, Joker

Production Design

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

The Irishman

1917

Jojo Rabbit

Parasite

Cinematography

1917

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

The Irishman

Joker

The Lighthouse

Costume Design

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Little Women

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Sound Editing

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Joker

Sound Mixing

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Ad Astra

Joker

Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Live Action Short Film 

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors' Window

Saria

A Sister

Original Score

1917, Thomas Newman

Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, John Williams

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The Irishman

1917

Film Editing

The Irishman

Ford v Ferrari

Parasite

Joker

Jojo Rabbit

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Judy

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

1917

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