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‘Joker’ leads Oscar nominations

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM
From left: Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson in a scene from ‘Little Women.’ Ronan was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in the film.
Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from ‘Joker.’Phoenix scored an Oscar nominated for best actor for his role in the film.

Joker leads the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards with 11 nods.

The DC Comics origin tale will contest for the coveted Best Picture accolade alongside Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 – which follow narrowly behind with 10 spots on the shortlists – as well as Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite.

All thee of the most nominated films have also scored places on the Best Director shortlist for Todd Phillips ( Joker), Quentin Tarantino ( Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Sam Mendes ( 1917, alongside Bong Joon-ho for Parasite and The Irishman helmsman Martin Scorsese).

Joaquin Phoenix, who has already won a string of awards for his performance in Joker is up for the Actor in a Leading Role award alongside Antonio Banderas ( Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio ( Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Adam Driver ( Marriage Story), and Jonathan Pryce, ( The Two Popes).

Joker’s other nominations come in categories including Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costume Design and Cinematography.

Scarlett Johansson has been nominated for two awards, Actress in a Leading Role for Marriage Story – in which she faces competition from Cynthia Erivo ( Harriet), Saoirse Ronan, ( Little Women), Charlize Theron ( Bombshell) and Renée Zellweger ( Judy) – and Actress in a Supporting Role for Jojo Rabbit.

In the latter category, the shortlist also includes her Marriage Story co-star Laura Dern, as well as Kathy Bates ( Richard Jewell), Florence Pugh ( Little Women) and Margot Robbie ( Bombshell).

The nominations were revealed on Monday by Issa Rae and John Cho on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. This year’s Best Picture contenders include something for everyone: prestige, dramas and superheroes, foreign films, and more Netflix than you can shake a stick at.

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, which will have no host for the second year in a row, takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 9.