Oscar award nominations - here are five things we learned

Brenda Watkins
January 14, 2020

"Unfortunately there are just five nominees" for best director in an "incredibly strong year", one Academy voter who asked not to be named told AFP, pointing to the revered track records of the likes of Scorsese, Tarantino and Mendes.

It was only last week that Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, owned by Disney, whose network broadcasts the ceremony, revealed that the 2020 Oscars will not have a "traditional host".

The nominations for this year's Academy Awards have been announced, with Joker leading the field with 11 nods.

Scarlett Johansson is nominated in two acting categories, for best actress in "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress in "Jojo Rabbit".

A dark satire about the gap between rich and poor, it was the first South Korean movie to be nominated in both the best picture and best global film categories.

The Irishman, 1917 and Once Upon a Time.in Hollywood follow with 10 nominations each. This includes shutting out actress Lupita Nyong'o, who received critical acclaim for her performance.

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"Parasite", from South Korea, is the sixth film to be nominated for best global film - before this year known as best foreign language film - and for best picture in the same year.

But Variety's chief film critic Owen Gleiberman said he didn't think the slate of nominees was a "gender-based decision". Netflix went into the recent Golden Globes with 34 nominations, only to walk away nearly empty-handed after Dern was the only victor, for Marriage Story.

While Antonio Banderas' place on the best actor list may not come as a surprise, this is the actor's first Acadamy Award nomination in his decades-long career. The youngest to be nominated for the fourth time was Jennifer Lawrence at 24 in 2015.

In the documentary category, "American Factory" - which follows a US Rust Belt factory reopened by a Chinese billionaire - picked up a nomination for its well-known producers.

"It's the kind of story we don't see often enough and it's exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve", tweeted former president Barack Obama, adding he was "glad" to see the nomination.

The Oscars will be handed out in Hollywood on February 9.

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