By: Anushka Thakker
This past week, Oscar nominations were announced and many were shocked to say the least.
“Joker,” the drama about the mentally ill Batman villain that sparked backlash with its realistic depictions of extreme violence, won the most nominations, earning 11 in total, the most of any film. Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for lead actor at Monday’s announcement of the 2020 Oscar nominations, and the film was nominated for best picture. “Joker’s” other Oscar nominations include costume design, film editing, original score, sound editing, sound mixing, cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, adapted screenplay, and Todd Phillips for directing.
"Irishman," "Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood" and "1917" each got 11 nominations. Like the Golden Globes, the nominees for best director were all men. For the second year in a row, no women were nominated for the best director position. In all of Oscar’s history, only five women have been nominated in this category.