Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Martin Scorsese and the Best Oscar Nominations Reactions

Martin Scorsese and the Best Oscar Nominations Reactions

Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, aka the Oscars, were announced Monday morning, with "Joker", Todd Phillips' film about the mentally deranged Batman villain, receiving the highest number of nods this year: 11.

Bong Joon Ho's Parasite is the first Korean film ever nominated for an Oscar - and it also makes history by picking up nods in a variety of prestigious categories beyond global film, including best picture, best director and best original screenplay.

The odds of Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) taking home at least one Oscar award in 2020 seems favorable as the streaming video giant was nominated 24 times.

Best supporting actor nominees are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Hollywood).

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

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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. "1917" as well was nominated for Best Picture, as well as Directing and Cinematography. If "Parasite" won best picture, it would be the first foreign language film to do so. "Frozen 2" wasn't nominated for animated feature.

In the documentary category, "American Factory" - which follows a US Rust Belt factory reopened by a Chinese billionaire - picked up a nomination for its well-known producers.

South Korean class satire "Parasite", from Bong Joon-ho, secured the final best director slot, meaning once again no women made the shortlist. The 92nd Academy Awards premieres Sunday, February 9th at 8 PM Eastern on ABC.

Until "Harriet" star Cynthia Erivo was announced as a nominee for best actress, it was looking increasingly likely that the Oscars were heading for a repeat of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that drove the Academy to aggressively begin diversifying its membership four years ago.

This isn't the first time the show has gone on without a host.

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