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Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:56 GMT

‘Joker’ Leads in Academy Award Nominations

Media & Culture

Radwa ElSayed Hani

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:31 GMT

The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced on Monday January 13th by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose 8,000 members vote on both nominees and winners.

The Oscars, which are the highest honours in the cinema industry worldwide, will be handed out to the winners on February 9th at the annual Oscars ceremony at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The event will be broadcasted through ABC, for which the viewership last year had risen 12% to 29.6 million.

With Todd Phillips' 'Joker' movie leading with 11 nominations, Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman', Sam Mendes' '1917', and Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' had ten nominations for each, including those for best picture and best director.

South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's social satire "Parasite" will become the first South Korean movie to be nominated for best picture, best director, and best international film awards.

Streaming video service Netflix will have another chance to snatch the movie industry's top prize at next month's Academy Awards. The company began releasing original movies in 2015. This year, Netflix had two of its movies, the divorce drama 'Marriage Story' and mafia epic 'The Irishman', nominated for best picture. Last year, Netflix's 'Roma' was also nominated for best picture, but lost the award to 'Green Book'.

After winning the Golden Globe for his outstanding performance in the dark comedy 'Joker' as best actor in a motion picture drama, also winning the critics' choice award for the same movie, Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for the best actor category in the Oscars.

The movie 'Joker', a terrifying portrayal of an isolated clown, became one of the highest R-rated grossing films of all time, with a box-office smash of more than $1 billion worldwide.

Phoenix is joined in this year's Oscars by Adam Driver from 'Marriage Story', Leonardo DiCaprio from 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', Antonio Banderas from 'Pain and Glory', and Jonathan Pryce of 'The Two Popes'.

Hollywood's female mega-stars are competing this year for the best actress trophy in the Oscars. High-profile names nominated include Renee Zellweger for her performance in 'Judy', Charlize Theron in 'Bombshell', Scarlett Johansson in 'Marriage Story', Saoirse Ronan from 'Little Women', and Cynthia Erivo, who was cast in 'Harriet'.

Best supporting actor nominees included Tom Hanks of 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood', Anthony Hopkins of 'The Two Popes', Brad Pitt of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', and both Joe Pesci and Al Pacino from 'The Irishman'.

Best supporting actress nominees included Kathy Bates of 'Richard Jewell', Laura Dern of 'Marriage Story', Scarlett Johansson of 'Jojo Rabbit', Florence Pugh of 'Little Women', and Margot Robbie of 'Bombshell'.

The nominees for best international film category were 'Corpus Christi', Poland, 'Honeyland', North Macedonia, 'Les Miserables', France, 'Pain and Glory', Spain, and 'Parasite'.

Notably, there was only one nonwhite acting nominee, Cynthia Erivo, the British actress who played the American anti-slavery icon, Harriet Tubman, in 'Harriet'.

This has led to calls for reviving the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, which previously pushed the academy to diversify its members and nominees.

Also, for the 87th time, the academy selected all-male directing nominees despite a year in which women made historic gains behind the camera. The most likely candidate was Greta Gerwig ('Little Women'), who was the last woman nominated, two years ago for 'Lady Bird'.

For the second time ever, the Oscars will be presented without a host.


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