September 26, 2020

Oscar Nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ Leads With 11 Nods; Three Others Get 10

Only two of the nine best-picture nominees tell contemporary stories. “Parasite” is about a poor family that deceives a wealthy one in present-day Seoul and “Marriage Story” focuses on the divorce of a Brooklyn couple. The other contenders examine the past — social upheaval in the 1960s and ’70s (“Joker,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”), the intersection of organized crime and the labor movement in the last century (“The Irishman”), the pluck of people in difficult situations in decades past (“Little Women,” “Jojo Rabbit”) and the golden age of auto racing (“Ford v Ferrari”).

The lead actor Oscar nominations went to Phoenix, for his mentally ill outcast in “Joker”; Adam Driver, for his portrayal of a woebegone husband in “Marriage Story”; and Leonardo DiCaprio, who played a washed-up actor in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” Antonio Banderas received his first Oscar nomination, with voters admiring his performance as a gravely depressed Spanish filmmaker in Pedro Almodóvar’s little-seen “Pain and Glory.” Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”) rounded out the category.

That left out stars like Murphy (“Dolemite Is My Name”), a hard-campaigning Adam Sandler (“Uncut Gems”), Robert De Niro (“The Irishman”) and Christian Bale (“Ford v Ferrari”), as well as the relative newcomer Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”).

The nominees for best actress are Erivo, who played a resolute Harriet Tubman in “Harriet”; Renée Zellweger, for her tour-de-force portrayal of a late-career Judy Garland in “Judy”; and Charlize Theron, for channeling the TV journalist Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell.” Nods also went to Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”).

Jennifer Lopez (“Hustlers”) was left out of the supporting-actress category. Instead, Johansson got a second nomination for her work in the Nazi satire “Jojo Rabbit”; Laura Dern was singled out for her zealous divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story”; and Margot Robbie was honored for her role as a Fox News reporter in “Bombshell”). Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”) and Florence Pugh (“Little Women”) also received recognition.

The nominees for best actor in a supporting role 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 Time … in Hollywood”).

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