Oscar Nominations Are Here! “Joker” & “The Irishmen” Lead

Oscar Nominations Are Here! “Joker” & “The Irishmen” Lead

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The Golden Globes started the 2020 award season off in the first week of January.

Best Director and Best Motion Picture, Drama went to 1917, while Joaquin Phoenix took home Best Actor in a Drama for Joker, which also took home Best Original Score. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood took home Best Motion Picture of a Comedy, Best Screenplay, and Brad Pitt taking home Best Supporting Actor.

These same films are being brought up again in the Oscar talk, with nominations being announced today, January 13.

Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Score.

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” are all also major contenders.

The Best Picture category, this year, has 9 nominations, “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and “Parasite.”

As for black nominees, British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) is the sole nominee. During the Golden Globes, Eddie Murphy was nominated for his Netflix film, Dolemite Is My Name, but no acknowledgement from the Academy. Others are highly upset that Lupita Nyong’o was not nominated for Jordan Peele’s Us.

As for women, there were many great women-directed film’s in 2019, Greta Gerwig’s  “Little Women” was nominated for Best Picture and script, but no director nomination. Along with her, also excluded were Marielle Heller (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Lorene Scafaria (“Hustlers”), Melina Matsoukas (“Queen & Slim”) and Kasi Lemmons (“Harriet”), as the category is all-male. Only 5 women have ever been nominated for Best Director in the history of the Oscars.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9th. Check out the full list of nominees HERE.

Written by Clarke Jones

Source: The New York Times

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