Oscars 2020: 'Joker' makes history with 11 nominations for comic book movie

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2020

Todd Phillips's "Joker", a bleak, arthouse take on the comic book villain starring Joaquin Phoenix, was just ahead of three films.

Add to that nominations for the achievement in cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, and visual effects awards (along with a nomination for best adapted screenplay, which it shares with Joker), and Netflix has to be feeling good about The Irishman heading into the show.

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards are under way, with Joker and Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood now leading the field.

1917 and Once Upon a Time ... "Just watch." I didn't even consider a need to assert Jennifer Lopez's nomination because I couldn't fathom them snubbing her. Greta Gerwig was thought to be in with a chance for Best Picture nominee Little Women, while Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) were both believed to be in with a fighting chance.


Scarlett Johansson is up for both best actress ("Marriage Story") and best supporting actress ("Jojo Rabbit").

South Korean class satire "Parasite", from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist.

Cate Blanchett, 50, also missed out on Oscars recognition, after being previously nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" category at the Golden Globes for film, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Germany's pick, System Crasher, wasn't among the works selected on the Academy's long list.


Renee Zellweger, who has swept the best actress nominations so far during this awards season, headed the best actress Oscar shortlist thanks to her acclaimed turn as showbiz legend Judy Garland in "Judy".

Following on from the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, the Best Director category was once again missing any women.

Little Women is the only film directed by a woman among the best picture contenders.

If everything went according to plan, Beyonce could've scored a nod in Best Original Song with "Spirit".


The Academy got a few things wrong Monday morning, including overlooking Lupita Nyong'o as Best Actress for "Us", Robert De Niro as Best Actor for "The Irishman" and lunar odyssey "Apollo 11" for Best Documentary Feature. Following the results of this year's selection, the United Kingdom academy announced it would be reviewing its voting process.

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