Smith, for editing World War I war epic 1917, was a surprise snub.
Joker, the Warner Bros film, will compete for the top prize with race car drama Ford v Ferrari, Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster movie The Irishman, Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit, classic novel Little Women, domestic drama Marriage Story, World War One film 1917, Quentin Tarantino’s nostalgic Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and South Korean movie Parasite.
The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood got 10 Oscar nods each.
Nominees for director are Scorsese, Todd Phillips (Joker), Sam Mendes (1917), Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite). It was a shutout for female directors, with potential nominees including Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood) failing to make the cut.
In the fiercely competitive lead actor category, Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) all scored nominations.
Nominees for lead actress are Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Soairse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell) and Renee Zellweger (Judy).
The supporting actress nominees are Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Robbie (Bombshell). In one of the notable snubs, Jennifer Lopez, who had been considered a strong contender for her performance in Hustlers, failed to earn a nod.
Johansson’s nominations for lead and supporting actress, which are her first Oscar nominations, make her only the 12th performer to earn double nominations for acting in a single year. The last performer to achieve it was Cate Blanchett in 2007.
The supporting actor nominees are Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time).
On the diversity front, the academy narrowly avoided a reprise of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that had dogged it in recent years. But only by a single nomination. With Lopez left off the list, along with such other contenders as The Farewell star Awkwafina and Us star Lupita Nyong’o and Just Mercy supporting actor Jamie Foxx, Erivo was the only person of colour among this year’s acting nominees.
Netflix made a strong showing with 24 nominations, the most of any studio. But although the streaming giant has made steady gains in its pursuit of Oscar glory – last year it earned 15 nominations, and in 2018 it earned eight – it remains to be seen whether it can go the distance and take home the best picture trophy it has long coveted. At this year’s Golden Globes, Netflix managed to convert its 17 film nominations into just a single win.
Nominees for international feature are Corpus Christi (Poland), Honeyland (North Macedonia), Les Miserables (France), Pain and Glory (Spain) and Parasite (South Korea). Mati Diop’s supernatural romance Atlantics, which Netflix acquired for release out of the Cannes Film Festival, was among the most notable snubs after it cracked the category’s 10-film shortlist of potential nominees.
On the non-fiction side, the nominees for documentary feature are American Factory, The Cave, The Edge of Democracy, For Sama and Honeyland. The academy’s documentary branch has a well-documented history of snubbing commercial successes, and this year’s box office hit Apollo 11 – like last year’s Won’t You Be My Neighbour? – failed to earn a nod.
The animation category delivered another unexpected snub, with the juggernaut sequel Frozen 2, which recently became the highest-grossing animated film of all time worldwide, failing to earn a nomination. The nominees are How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I Lost My Body, Klaus, Missing Link and Toy Story 4.
New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi’s comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit scored big, including best picture and Waititi picking up an adapted screenplay nod.
The Oscars, the highest awards in the movie industry, will be handed out at a ceremony in Hollywood on February 9.
The best picture nominees: Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Parasite and Jojo Rabbit.
Lead actor: Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).
Lead actress: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell) and Renee Zellweger (Judy).
Directing: Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker) Sam Mendes (1917), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).