Oscar nominations: Joker, Netflix’s The Irishman go big

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Not only is Joker up for best picture, but it's also been nominated for the achievement in directing, film editing, costume design, cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, sound editing, and sound mixing awards.

Five works were selected in the category formerly known as best foreign film - renamed this year "international feature film": Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa, Poland), Honeyland (Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov, North Macedonia), Les Miserables (Ladj Ly, France), Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodovar, Spain) and Parasite (Bong Joon Ho, South Korea).

Much of the focus so far this award season has been on the lack of women and ethnic minority filmmakers honored.

The cast of Little Women.

Joker's 11 nominations equals its tally at the British Academy Film Awards whose nominations were announced last week.

"Unfortunately there are just five nominees" for best director in an "incredibly strong year", one Academy voter who asked not to be named told AFP, pointing to the revered track records of the likes of Scorsese, Tarantino and Mendes.

"I don't think it's a vote against female directors", he added.

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And the 2020 Oscar nominations are. full of some major shockers. "Congratulations to those men", said Issa Rae, who presented the nominees alongside John Cho. Of the nine best picture nominees, only one was released before October.

Britain's Cynthia Erivo, Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce and Florence Pugh are all up for acting prizes.

Don't believe me? Watch 1976's "Taxi Driver" and last year's "Joker" in tandem. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced all of the nominees in a live streamed presentation today.

And the Academy pointed to a record number of female nominees overall, at 62.

That's enough to make Joker the most-nominated movie of the year. So would nominating Eddie Murphy for Best Actor for "Dolemite" Akwafina for Best Actress for "The Farewell" or Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress for "Hustlers". Cate Blanchett did it in 2008 for "Elizabeth: The Golden Age", and "I'm Not There", Jamie Foxx did it in 2005 for "Ray" and "Collateral", and in 1994 there were two actresses nominated in two categories: Holly Hunter for "The Piano" and "The Firm", and Emma Thompson for "The Remains of the Day" and "In the Name of the Father".

Some 9,000 Academy members vote for the Oscars.

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