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'Joker' leads Oscar nominations with 11

World News from Reuters
World News from Reuters
5 days ago|10.4K views
The Academy Awards announced the nominees on Monday, and one thing is clear: Netflix had a good year, with 24 nominations, including for Martin Scorsese's gangster epic "The Irishman," as well as for Noah Baumbach's divorce drama "Marriage Story." But it was the moody comic book origin story "Joker" - a controversial character study of Batman’s foe which didn’t get the best reviews - that turned out to this year’s biggest contender at the Oscars. Competing in 11 categories including best Actor and Picture, it sits atop the heap above "The Irishman", the immersive wartime drama "1917", and Quentin Tarantino’s "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" with 10 nominations each. Scarlett Johansson got two nominations for two separate roles in "Marriage Story" and the Nazi satire "Jojo Rabbit." The critically-acclaimed "Parasite" from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho got 6 nominations, including Best Picture. Moviegoers on Twitter were unpleasantly surprised that Greta Gerwig was shut out for directing "Little Woman", though her film is a contender for best picture and best adapted screenplay. That leaves the Best Director category notably male this year, as writer / director Issa Rae slyly pointed out in her announcement.