Joker flourishes, surprising shutouts in Oscar nominations

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Written by: Jake Love, staff writer

Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for best dramatic actor for his role in Todd Phillip’s “Joker.”

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards Monday, Jan. 6, presenting a list with many of the year’s most popular movies and a few surprising shutouts. 

Coming off Joaquin Phoenix’s Golden Globe win for best dramatic actor, Todd Phillips’s hit “Joker” topped the field with 11 nominations. With 10 nominations apiece, Martin Scorsese’s crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s Hollywood tale “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’s war film “1917” followed. 

Each of these films were nominated for the venerable Best Picture prize, along with the racing film “Ford V Ferrari,” Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit,” Greta Gerwig’s adaptation “Little Women,” Noah Baumbach’s drama “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s social satire “Parasite.” 

“Parasite” made history as the first Korean film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, as well as the 11th non-American film to ever be nominated for the award. 

The acting nominations include a host of familiar names like Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Al Pacino, Saoirse Ronan and Kathy Bates. Some of the first time acting nominees are Antonio Banderas for his leading role in the Spanish film “Pain and Glory,” Cynthia Erivo for her leading role in “Harriet” and Florence Pugh for her supporting role in “Little Women.” 

Two surprising exclusions from the acting nominations were Awkwafina for her acclaimed role in “The Farewell” and Jennifer Lopez for “Hustlers;” Lopez was earlier considered a frontrunner for the Best Supporting Actress prize. 

Another notable nominee this year is documentary filmmaker Feras Fayyad, whose film “The Cave,” which he co-directed with Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjaer, documents the actions of female underground doctors in his home of wartorn Syria. 

Fayyad made headlines in 2018 when his film “Last Man in Aleppo,” which chronicles the oppressive actions of Bashar Al-Assad and his Syrian regime, was nominated for Best Documentary, but was unable to attend the ceremonies after his Visa was rejected. 

The nominations were also successful for Netflix; they amassed 24 nominations for their films, the most they’ve received yet. 

This year, the Academy boasted how a record number of 62 women were nominated across the board this year, roughly a third of all nominees. This was reflected in the Best Documentary category, in which four of the five films were either co-directed or written by women. 

However, in keeping with the Academy’s tradition, women were still underrepresented in the Best Picture and Best Directing categories, as the most heavily nominated productions – “Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” and “1917” – were directed by and starred mostly white men, as opposed to female- and non-white-driven productions like “Little Women” and “Parasite.” 

The five nominees for Best Direction were all male, and Bong Joon Ho was the only non-white director nominated. Greta Gerwig, for her work in “Little Women,” was a notable exclusion from the Best Direction group; with her 2018 nomination for Best Direction for “Lady Bird,” she is one of only five women to ever be nominated for the award. 

Moreover, people of color were underrepresented in the acting sections, as Antonio Banderas and Cynthia Erivo are the only people of color nominated in the acting section, lead and supporting. 

The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, and it is going to air on ABC. 

Jake Love is a staff writer for the Triangle. He is an English major with an emphasis on creative writing and is from Soddy-Daisy, Tenn. He enjoys reading and consuming large amounts of caffeine.