‘Joker’ and ‘Irishman’ lead Oscar nominees
The latest round of Oscar nominations was fully announced and ‘Joker’ leads this year’s pack with 11 nominations with ‘The Irishman’, ‘1917’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ all following close behind with 10.
The film fans kept their fingers crossed that they would be better than the ones announced for the Golden Globes and BAFTA.
This year’s ceremony, which – once again – won’t have a presenter, is set to take place in Los Angeles on February 9. The nominations were announced by Issa Rae and John Cho, independent.co.uk reported.
Netflix was rewarded with more than 20 nominations, with some categories (like supporting actor) stacked three deep with contenders. ‘The Irishman,’ Martin Scorsese’s latest gangster opus, and ‘Marriage Story,’ Noah Baumbach’s navel-gazing portrait of divorce, both of which belong to Netflix, received nominations for best picture. Netflix also landed nominations for two animated films, a documentary and the Vatican succession drama ‘The Two Popes.’
According to The New York Times, the other takeaway may involve representation. Once again, the academy excluded women from the directing race. Black actors and actresses were also largely overlooked, with the British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo (‘Harriet’) as the sole nominee. The academy has mounted an effort to double female and minority membership, in large part by inviting in more film professionals from overseas. But even after four years of the initiative, the organization remains 68 percent male and 84 percent white.
The best-picture category can have as many as 10 or as few as five nominees, depending on how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spreads its support; this year there were nine: ‘1917’, ‘Ford v Ferrari’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘Joker’, ‘Little Women’, ‘Marriage Story’, ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’, and ‘Parasite.’
Over the last decade, the Academy Awards have become a bit superfluous, with a torrent of precursor ceremonies leaving fans (and honorees) exhausted and the contents of the envelopes unsurprising. The academy’s board of governors, alarmed by sharp declines in television ratings, decided in 2018 to move up this year’s ceremony. It will be held on February 9, two weeks earlier than the last go-round, a seemingly small truncation that nonetheless has the movie capital in a tizzy.