Joker Lands Best Picture and Best Actor Oscar Nominations

Going into this year’s Oscar nominations, Joker was expected to be a serious contender for the top Academy Awards. It lived up to those expectations when Joker walked away with 11 nominations at the Academy Award announcements. That includes a Best Picture nomination for Joker alongside Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo RabbitLittle Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Joker landed him a nomination for Best Actor. That also makes Phoenix the second performer to be nominated for playing the Joker after the late Heath Ledger. In 2009, Ledger posthumously won a Best Supporting Actor award for his role in The Dark Knight. In the Best Director category, Todd Phillips earned a nomination as well. Phillips also shared the nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay with Joker co-writer Scott Silver.

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Joker was also honored with nominations for Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Original Score, Makeup and Hair, and Costume Design. Among comic book films, Avengers: Endgame was the only other film in that genre to get a nomination. It will compete for the Visual Effects category. However, legendary composer John Williams earned his record 52nd Oscar nomination for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s score.

What do you think about Joker‘s Oscar nominations? Will Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips take home the top awards? Share your Oscar predictions in the comment section below!

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