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92nd Academy Awards Nominations: ‘Joker’ Leads With 11, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Surprises with Six


Oscar nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards were announced Monday morning broadcast from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Todd Phillips“Joker” leads the nomination board with 11, including for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, who was recently crowned Best Actor in a Drama Movie at the Golden Globes.

The Best Picture race is now between “Joker,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “The Irishman,” “Parasite,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “Marriage Story,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” 

The acting categories have shaped themselves up to feature the shoe-ins and the hopefuls. The lead actor nominees include Adam Driver, Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Antonio Banderas and Jonathon Pryce. Lead Actress was comprised of Renee Zellweger, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Saoirse Ronan (in her fourth Oscar nomination) and Cynthia Erivo, in a stunning mention where BAFTA failed to nominate her.

The nominees in the Best Supporting Actor list is an incredibly interesting one, with veteran actors returning in top tier form to land nominations alongside frontrunner Brad Pitt. The list also features Joe Pesci, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks and Al Pacino. In the Best Supporting Actress pool, Laura Dern lands a certain nomination after claiming her win at the Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday. She is accompanied by nominees Kathy Bates, Florence Pugh, Margot Robbie for “Bombshell,” and Scarlett Johansson for “Jojo Rabbit.”

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“Joker” is nominated for 11 Oscars

“Little Women” scored six total nominations which included Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and acting nods for both Ronan and Pugh, but a nomination for Phillips in Best Director may have been at the expense of Gerwig. Moreover, the Academy did not nominate a female director this year.

Taika Waititi‘s anti-hate satire, “Jojo Rabbit” impressed nomination morning as it scored a total of six mentions. Although Waititi made the DGA nomination by surprise, the Academy did not give him a nod Monday morning. What the film can celebrate is its surprise recognition in Best Supporting Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Production Design, Best Picture and Best Film Editing.

One of the noticeable absences nomination morning was the lack of a nomination for Jennifer Lopez, who has been celebrated by many fans and critics alike for her dramatic and charismatic performance in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” Another miss was Song Kang-ho, who starred in Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.” The South Korean actor was a dark horse favorite with critical acclaim to boot. He was named Best Supporting actor at the GALECA Dorian Awards as well as from the Los Angeles Film Critics.

Macedonia’s “Honeyland,” was nominated for both Best International Feature and Best Documentary Feature, making it the first film to claim both nominee spots at once at the Oscars.

Other snubs include mention of Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” in any of the categories, including Best Supporting Actress for Zhao Shuzhen, “Frozen 2” in Best Animated Feature, “Apollo 11” in Best Documentary Feature and Ruth E. Carter for her costume design work in Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name.”

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held Feb. 9.

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“Jojo Rabbit”

See the full list of nominations below.

  • Best Picture:
    • “Ford v Ferrari”
      “The Irishman”
      “Jojo Rabbit”
      “Little Women”
      “Marriage Story”
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • 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”
  • Lead Actress:
    • Cynthia Erivo “Harriet”
      Scarlett Johansson “Marriage Story”
      Saoirse Ronan “Little Women”
      Charlize Theron “Bombshell”
      Renee Zellweger “Judy”
  • 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”
  • Supporting Actress:
    • Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
      Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
      Scarlett Johannson, “Jojo Rabbit”
      Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
      Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
  • Director:
    • Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
      Todd Phillips, “Joker”
      Sam Mendes, “1917”
      Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
      Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
  • 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
      “Toy Story 4” Josh Cooley
  • Animated Short:
    • “Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva
      “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry
      “Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan
      “Sister,” Siqi Song
  • 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 and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino
      “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han
  • Cinematography:
    • “The Irishman,” Rodrigo Prieto
      “Joker,” Lawrence Sher
      “The Lighthouse,” Jarin Blaschke
      “1917,” Roger Deakins
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Robert Richardson
  • 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
  • Best Documentary Short Subject:
    • “In the Absence”
      “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger
      “Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson, John Haptas
      “St. Louis Superman”
      “Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix
  • Best Live Action Short Film:
    • “Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur
      “Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat
      “The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry
      “Saria,” Bryan Buckley
      “A Sister”
  • Best International Feature Film:
    • “Corpus Christi,” Jan Komasa
      “Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska, Ljubo Stefanov
      “Les Miserables,” Ladj Ly
      “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
      “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho
  • Film Editing:
    • “Ford v Ferrari,” Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
      “The Irishman,” Thelma Schoonmaker
      “Jojo Rabbit,” Tom Eagles
      “Joker,” Jeff Groth
      “Parasite,” Jinmo Yang
  • Sound Editing:
    • “Ford v Ferrari,” Don Sylvester
      “Joker,” Alan Robert Murray
      “1917,” Oliver Tarney, Rachel Tate
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Wylie Stateman
      “Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker,” Matthew Wood, David Acord
  • Sound Mixing:
    • “Ad Astra”
      “Ford v Ferrari”
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • Production Design:
    • “The Irishman,” Bob Shaw and Regina Graves
      “Jojo Rabbit,” Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova
      “1917,” Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh
      “Parasite,” Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee
  • Original Score:
    • “Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir
      “Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat
      “Marriage Story,”Randy Newman
      “1917,” Thomas Newman
      “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams*“The King,” Nicholas Britell
  • Original Song:
    • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”
    • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
      “I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
      “Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
      “Stand Up,” “Harriet”
  • Makeup and Hair:
    • “Bombshell”
      “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • Costume Design:
    • ”The Irishman,” Sandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
      “Jojo Rabbit,” Mayes C. Rubeo
      “Joker,” Mark Bridges
      “Little Women,” Jacqueline Durran
      “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Arianne Phillips
  • Visual Effects:
    • “Avengers Endgame”
      “The Irishman”
      “The Lion King”
      “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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