‘Joker’ leads Oscar noms; ‘1917,’ ‘Irishman’ close behind

Joaquin Phoenix appears in a scene from “Joker,” which led the field of Oscar nominees announced Monday with 11 nods.

(AP) — Women filmmakers were shut out, “Parasite” made history, and “Joker” edged out “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” in Monday’s Oscar nominations.

Todd Phillips’ R-rated superhero smash “Joker” topped the list with 11 nominations in the 92nd Academy Awards, while Martin Scorsese’s crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles anti-fairy tale “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ World War I hero’s journey “1917” trailed with 10 nods apiece.

Those four also were among the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ best picture nominees, along with Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama “Marriage Story,” Taika Waititi’s Nazi romp “Jojo Rabbit,” James Mangold’s racing drama “Ford v Ferrari” and Bong Joon Ho’s class satire “Parasite” — the first Korean and only the 11th non-English film up for best picture.

“Joker” was expected to do well Monday, but the overwhelming support for a divisive movie that was far from a critical favorite was unexpected. Its other nominations included best actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best director for Phillips.

A record 62 women were nominated Monday, but the academy put the most weight behind a handful of male-driven, man-made movies, selecting all-male directing nominees for the 87th time.

Hollywood gave Netflix more nominations than ever before: 24, including 10 for “The Irishman,” which ties last year’s “Roma.” Scorsese was nominated for best director for the ninth time, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are up for best supporting actor, and the film’s de-aging process was recognized for best special effects.

“1917” followed up its Golden Globes win and strong opening weekend at the box office with nominations for technical achievement and best screenplay.

“Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” was nominated in just about every category it was expected to, including Tarantino for directing and original screenplay, Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor and Brad Pitt for best supporting actor.

The 2020 awards will see its least diverse field since the #OscarsSoWhite fallout of 2015 pushed the academy to diversify its membership. The only actor of color nominated was Cynthia Erivo for her Harriet Tubman in “Harriet.”

“Parasite,” however, made history for South Korea. Along with the country’s first nomination for best international film, the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winner scored nods for best film, direction, editing and production design.

No filmmaking couple has had a morning quite like Gerwig and “Marriage Story” director Noah Baumbach. Each of their movies was nominated for six awards, including best picture and best screenplay (adapted for Gerwig, original for Baumbach). “Marriage Story” also got nods for leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and for supporting actress Laura Dern. Johansson was also nominated for her supporting turn in “Jo Jo Rabbit,” the first two-time acting nominee since Cate Blanchett in 2007.

Other best actress nominees were Renée Zellweger (“Judy”), Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”) and Soairse Ronan (“Little Women”). And joining Driver, DiCaprio and Phoenix for best actor were Jonathan Pryce, who stars as Pope Francis in “The Two Popes,” and Antonio Banderas as a semi-fictionalized version of “Pain and Glory” director Pedro Almodóvar.

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