Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10

'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10

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Awards season is segmented into distinct periods of speculation. "Don't worry", I told a group of folks who'd already rightfully given up.

The internet's yawn and eye-roll response suggests that while Oscar nominations might reflect the box office, and a win might still make a career, the films in the running don't really reflect contemporary society, and its diversity - particularly the war and crime films nominated within Best Director and Best Picture, which instead look to the past. "She's literally made a film about this", Pugh explained.

And yet, here we are.

The winners of the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced on Sunday, February 9th.

"Little Women" scored five other nominations - including Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role for Saoirse Ronan, and Adapted Screenplay - but Greta Gerwig was shunned in the Best Director category and Florence admitted the omission was "incredibly upsetting". The grand total of nominations for all of those films combined?

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Another year, another all-male Best Director Oscars category. Tom Hanks received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the movie, but Heller did not receive the Best Director nomination.

Directing: Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman", Todd Phillips, "Joker", Sam Mendes, "1917", Quentin Tarantino, "Once upon a Hollywood", and Bong Joon Ho, "Parasite". On what planet is the screenplay for 1917 more deserving than The Farewell, Pain and Glory or Booksmart?

Lina Wertmüller ("Seven Beauties"), Jane Campion ("The Piano"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation") and Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") were also nominated for best director.

Coming off a year where the primary two films celebrated were deemed wildly problematic in their representations of race (Green Book) and sexuality (Bohemian Rhapsody), it's hard to trust the Oscars to get it together in anytime soon.

To draw attention to the fact no women were nominated, she said, "And here are the all-male nominees". "And that's especially the case when you have a quality film like the one we did".

That's certainly making her thoughts known.

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