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January 14, 2020

Joker leads the award nominations race with 11 nods. The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time...

Even last night, after a month of red flags by way of the Golden Globes and the SAG and BAFTA nominations, I felt compelled to argue that the Oscars' push for diversity would result in nominations that saved the season. Also selected in the best actress category are Cynthia Arivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women) and Charlize Theron (Bombshell).

One actress, for example, whose name started trending as soon as the best actress category was announced is Lupita Nyong'o, who failed to secure a nomination for her dual role in Jordan Peele's Us.

Quentin Tarantino's 1960s Tinseltown homage "Once Upon a Hollywood", Sam Mendes' World War I odyssey "1917" and Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman" each earned 10 nominations, including best picture and director.

Either way, Joker has made Oscar history, topping The Dark Knight as the most-nominated superhero movie ever.

Germany's pick, System Crasher, wasn't among the works selected on the Academy's long list.

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. That means that all narrative features directed by women combined got three fewer nominations than Joker, a film specifically about a cis white straight man feeling disaffected by society (which ultimately results in violence we are made to cheer for).

The 92nd Academy Award nominations were announced Monday with "Joker" and Netflix leading all films and distributors.

Two critically-acclaimed films directed by women, Lorene Scafaria's black comedy Hustlers and Lulu Wang's The Farewell, are among the most notable snubs.

Nevertheless, Erivo - who was also nominated for best original song for Stand Up - said she was honoured to be nominated.

Well-deserving actors and artists got their nods, while some of the finest work of the year was completely ignored per the Oscars' unadventurous prerogative, and a few weird nominations just made no sense at all. Following the results of this year's selection, the United Kingdom academy announced it would be reviewing its voting process. The once-again-hostless 92nd Academy Awards are February 9 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland.

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