Joker Sows His Signature Brand of Chaos by Sweeping the Oscar Nominations

By Beth Elderkin on at

When it comes to the Oscars, it’s always best to leave ‘em smiling. Todd Phillip’s Joker has made its presence known by securing a whopping 11 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In addition, two of the biggest blockbusters of 2019 – Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – landed a few nominations for their technical feats.

Following its run at the Golden Globes, which included two wins for Best Original Score and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, the Joker has come to the Academy Awards with 11 nominations across most of the major categories. This includes Best Picture, Best Director for Phillips, Best Adapted Screenplay and, of course, a Best Actor nomination for Phoenix.

A few additional surprises include a Best Animated Film nod for Klaus, the Netflix animated film about the origin of Santa Claus, a Best Screenplay nomination for The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out, and a Best Picture nomination for Parasite – in addition to it being named in the Best Foreign Film category. Here’s the full list of nominees below:


Best Picture

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

Best Director

The Irishman
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo
Scarlett Johansson
Saiorse Ronan
Charlize Theron
Renée Zellwegger

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas
Leonardo DiCaprio
Adam Driver
Joaquin Phoenix
Jonathan Pryce

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates
Laura Dern
Scarlett Johansson
Florence Pugh
Margot Robbie

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks
Anthony Hopkins
Al Pacino
Joe Pesci
Brad Pitt

Adapted Screenplay

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Original Screenplay

Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Original Song

Toy Story 4
Rocketman
Breakthrough
Frozen 2
Harriet

Original Score

Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Documentary Feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Documentary Short Subject

In The Absence
Learning To Skateboard
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha

Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

Animated Feature Film

How To Train Your Dragon
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Animated Short Film

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Foreign Language Film

Corpus Christi
Les Miserables
Pain And Glory
Parasite

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Parasite

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Malificent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Featured image: Warner Bros.