LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: 2019 blockbuster film 'Joker' dominates the 2020 Oscars with 11 nominations. Actor Joaquin Phoenix received ‘best actor’ nomination for his haunting performance as the anti-hero and is predicted as the sure winner.
He will be competing against Leonardo Dicaprio ('Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'), Adam Driver ('Marriage Story'), Antonio Banderas ('Pain and Glory'), and Jonathan Pryce ('The Two Popes').
Scarlett Johansson received nominations in two categories, a record previously held by the likes of Cate Blanchett. Jamie Foxx and Al Pacino. Scarlett Johansson received nominations for her performances in 'Jojo Rabbit' (best supporting actress) and 'Marriage Story' (best actress).
However, Renee Zellwegger won the Golden Globe this year and she is predicted as the sure winner. Saoirse Ronan makes history as the youngest actress to get four nominations after earning one for best actress for her performance in 'Little Women'.
She previously received nominations for 'Atonement', 'Brooklyn' and 'Ladybird'.
Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie received the best actress and best supporting actress nominations respectively for their work in 'Bombshell' which is about sexual harassment faced by women in Fox News.
Cynthia Erivo is the only woman of colour nominated in the acting categories. She received a nomination for her performance in Harriet Tubman biopic 'Harriet'.
Best supporting actor category is filled with acting legends including Al Pacino who received an Oscar Nomination after three decades, He won the award for 'Scent Of Woman' (1990). Al Pacino and Joe Pesci received a nomination each for their performance in Scorsese's 'Irishman'.
Brad Pitt is predicted as the sure winner for his performance in 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'.
Tom Hanks received a long-awaited Oscar nomination for his performance in 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' after two decades.
Best director category became a subject of controversy as women directors were snubbed again including Greta Gerwig who directed 'Little Women'. Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Sam Mendes landed nominations for 'Irishman', 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' and '1917' respectively.
Todd Philips received a nomination for 'Joker' and Bong Joon-ho made history as a Korean filmmaker who landed a nomination for doing 'Parasite'.
And, only two out of the 20 acting categories were filled with non-Caucasian actors. Lupita Nyongo was snubbed in the best actress category despite delivering a haunting and acclaimed performance in 'Us'. Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez were snubbed despite delivering acclaimed roles.
As per the reports, 91% of Oscar voters were white and over 75% are male voters, therefore the tendency to show is also reported.