Oscar 2020: Joker Laughing All the Way to the Bank and to Oscar Gold

The critically accliamed R-rated blockbuster, Warner’s Joker, topped the list of Oscar nominations on Monday, becoming the rare comic book film to impress awards voters.

The best picture contender, which world premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Fest, earned a leading 11 nominations.

But once again it’s OscarSoWhite. There’s lack of diversity among the leading nominees and the exclusion of female filmmakers.

Joker will vie for top honors at the 92nd Academy Awards with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” and “1917,” all of which earned 10 nominations.

There are nine best picture contenders in total, including:

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Little Women”

“Marriage Story”

“Parasite”

 

Joker: Laughing All the Way to the Bank and to Oscar Gold

Joker, which has earned over $1 billion at the global box office, was recognized for Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as a failed comic who turns to crime and for Todd Phillips’ directing.

It is only the second comic-book movie to ever earn Best Picture nod, joining Black Panther.

Though superhero movies have dominated the box office for over a decade, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been reluctant to acknowledge the merits of this genre.

In 2009, Oscar voters snubbed The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan’s hugely influential Batman epic, though Heath Ledger earned a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

That scandalous controversy over that move influenced the Oscars to expand the list of best picture nominees from five to a possible 10, with the goal of introducing more populist fare into the proceedings.

Superhero movies have been a subject of fierce debate this awards season. In a series of interviews, Scorsese decried their cinematic merits, dismissing Marvel films as “theme park rides” and admitting he only saw “clips” of “Joker,” a film that plays like a homage to “Taxi Driver.”

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