Joker makes super impact at Oscars

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 January 2020
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

'Joker' - which stars Joaquin Phoenix as the titular DC Comics villain - leads the nominations for this year's Academy Awards with 11 nods, meaning it goes ahead of 'The Dark Knight' as the superhero movie with the most Oscar nods

'Joker' leads the nominations for this year's Academy Awards with 11 nods, making it the most nominated comic book movie of all-time.

The DC Comics origin story has overtaken 'The Dark Knight' – which starred Christian Bale as The Caped Crusader and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker – as the most acknowledged superhero film at the Oscars, following the Batman film's eight nominations in 2009.

'Joker' – which stars Joaquin Phoenix as struggling comedian Arthur Fleck, who becomes the titular villain – will compete for the coveted Best Picture accolade alongside 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' and '1917' – which follow narrowly behind with 10 spots on the shortlists – as well as 'Ford v Ferrari', 'The Irishman', 'Jojo Rabbit', 'Little Women', 'Marriage Story', and 'Parasite'.

All thee of the most nominated films have also scored places on the Best Director shortlist for Todd Phillips ('Joker'), Quentin Tarantino ('Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'), and Sam Mendes ('1917', alongside Bong Joon-ho for 'Parasite' and 'The Irishman' helmsman Martin Scorsese.

Phoenix – who has already won a string of awards for his performance in 'Joker' – is up for the Actor in a Leading Role award alongside Antonio Banderas ('Pain and Glory'), Leonardo DiCaprio ('Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'), Adam Driver ('Marriage Story'), and Jonathan Pryce, ('The Two Popes').

'Joker's other nominations come in categories including Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costume Design and Cinematography.

Scarlett Johansson has been nominated for two awards, Actress in a Leading Role for 'Marriage Story' – in which she faces competition from Cynthia Erivo ('Harriet'), Saoirse Ronan, ('Little Women'), Charlize Theron ('Bombshell') and Renée Zellweger ('Judy') and Actress in a Supporting Role for 'Jojo Rabbit'.

In the latter category, the shortlist also includes her 'Marriage Story' co-star Laura Dern, as well as Kathy Bates ('Richard Jewell'), Florence Pugh ('Little Women') and Margot Robbie ('Bombshell').

'The Irishman' stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will go head-to-head for Actor in a Supporting Role, with the category also offering places on the shortlist for Tom Hanks ('A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood'), Anthony Hopkins ('The Two Popes') and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood')

The nominations were revealed on Monday (13.01.20) by Issa Rae and John Cho on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, this year's Best Picture contenders include something for everyone: prestige dramas and superheroes, foreign films and more Netflix than you can shake a stick at.

The 92nd Academy Awards – which will have no host for the second year in a row – take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on 9 February.

92nd Academy Awards select list of nominations:

Best Picture:

  • Ford v Ferrari
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Parasite

Best Director:

  • Jong Joon-ho, Parasite
  • Sam Mendes, 1917
  • Todd Phillips, Joker
  • Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Actor in a Leading Role:

  • Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver, Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Actress in a Leading Role:

  • Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
  • Charlize Theron, Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger, Judy

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino, The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci, The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern, Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh, Little Women
  • Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Original Screenplay:

  • Knives Out written by Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story written by Noah Baumbach
  • 1917 written by Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood written by Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite screenplay by Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won

Adapted Screenplay:

  • The Irishman screenplay by Steven Zaillian
  • Jojo Rabbit screenplay by Taika Waititi
  • Joker written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
  • Little Women screenplay by Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes written by Anthony McCarten

Animated Feature Film:

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4


  • 5 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Phillips
  • Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Robert De Niro
  • UK release: 4 October 2019

Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) is an unsuccessful clown who wants to be a comedian, but he gradually turns to evil. This dizzying origin story about Batman’s nemesis is like an ode to 1970s New York City; Phoenix is astonishing and Phillips’s grave vision never swerves. Unmissable.

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