Is it just us, or is it getting crazier out there? As awards season ramps up, the biggest set of nominations within the business have just been revealed – and main the Oscars race this 12 months is none apart from Joker.

Todd Phillips’ reimagining of the classic DC Comics villain acquired 11 nominations – consisting of Best Film, Directing, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, and a nod for Joaquin Phoenix in Leading Actor.

Hot on its heels are the likes of 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which each obtained 10 nominations. On that the front there have been few upsets – each of the 3 jostling in Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography and more, with appearing nominations for The Irishman’s Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in Supporting Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio up for Leading Actor for OUATIH, and his co-celebrity Brad Pitt many of the Supporting Actor nominees. Once again although, Robert De Niro has been overlooked out of the performing categories – as he had been in the BAFTA and Golden Globes lists.

Following the #BAFTAssowhite controversy final week, this 12 months’s list of Academy Award nominees is much less egregious – a few of the performing nominations is a nod for Cynthia Erivo in Harriet, even though Jennifer Lopez, Awkwafina and Lupita Nyong’o all overlooked out no matter their acclaimed performances in Hustlers, The Farewell and Us respectively.

In fact, The Farewell become snubbed altogether – as changed into Uncut Gems, which didn’t sign in in any category. More incredible are the six nominations garnered by Parasite, which became an extraordinary foreign-language film to break the Best Picture category. It also made it into the newly-renamed International Feature Film listing, with Bong Joon Ho nabbing nominations for Directing and Original Screenplay alongside co-writer Jin Won Han.

As with this year’s other awards shows, the list of directors ended up being all-male – with the likes of Greta Gerwig (who at least was nominated for Adapted Screenplay), Lulu Wang, Joanna Hogg, and Marielle Heller all missing out. It still seems to be a tightly-contested race, with Scorsese, Tarantino and Bong going through off towards Sam Mendes and Todd Phillips.

On the blockbuster the front, Avengers: Endgame only controlled a nomination in Visual Effects, even as Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker acquired recognition in Original Score, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects.

Will Joker spark a rise up on Oscar night? Will 1917 sweep the board in one, unbroken run? Will the toast of Hollywood reward a film pretty actually titled Once Upon A Time In Hollywood? We’ll find out with the Academy Awards rite airs on 9 February.

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