The tragedy of a clown, the disappearance of a union leader and the clash of two South Korean families are the plots of some of the films that compete this year as the best film at the Oscars of the Academy of Hollywood.
“Joker” tops the list with 11 nominations, while closely followed with 10, The Irishman, Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood and the epic drama “1917”, which in the Golden Globes he got the statuette for best drama.
The non-American Parasite also features the best movie category with a total of 6 nominations.
Although Netflix had already achieved a nomination as a producer for the Mexican “Roma” in the last edition of the awards, this time it stands as the supreme leader in the nominations, above traditional film production companies.
The best Hollywood movie ceremony will be held on February 9 at the Dolby Theater and will be televised in more than 200 countries.
The announcement of the nominees of this Monday left some surprises and other absences, which for some critics could be indicated rather as disappointments.
Not only did he get a nomination in the safe category, the best international film (previously called best foreign film), but five others that include best film, director and screenplay.
The satire and suspense drama is directed by South Korean Bong Joon-Ho, who has been singled out as the author of a genre in itself and compared to filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Pedro Almodóvar.
The thriller, which is also a black comedy, has already been recognized with the Golden Palm at the Cannes festival last year and with a Golden Globes in the category of best non-English-speaking film.
“Parasite” tells the story of the encounter of two families, one who lives in critical poverty and the other in opulence and with this interaction explores the dynamics of social classes.
Jennifer Lopez on the outside: disappointment
The actress and singer was one of the favorites, at least of the specialized media, who applauded her interpretation as “Ramona” in the movie Hustlers.
Lopez, however, stayed out of the nominations in the category for best supporting actress.
They came as surprises, however, recognition in the same category for actress Kathy Bates for her role in Richard Jewell, the new Clint Eastwood film that did not enjoy great box office success, unlike Lopez’s film.
The section includes, apart from Bates, Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Florence Pugh (Little Women) and Margot Robbie (Bombshell).
There is no doubt that the controversial Joker has been a favorite at the box office and critics, but it is unusual for a feature film of the supervillain genre to dominate the Oscar nominations.
In the 11 nominations he got this Monday, the film competes in the main categories of best film, actor, director, adapted screenplay and soundtrack.
“Most experts expected nominations to be led by Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, ‘1917’ or The Irishman,” wrote New York Times journalist Kyle Buchanan.
In Joker, directed by Todd Phillips, actor Joaquin Phoenix embodies a clown who suffers from a disease that causes uncontrolled laughter and makes him a kind of misunderstood in society, resulting in a violent transformation.
Phoenix is the second actor in history to be recognized by the Academy for a character based on a comic book. The first was Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar in 2009 for his role in The Dark Knight.
Only men for best director: disappointment
The story was repeated as in the Golden Globes and Bafta: no woman is in the category of best director at the Oscars.
In previous weeks there have been questions about the lack of recognition for filmmakers such as Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Lulu Wang (The Farewell) and Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) whose films have been critically acclaimed .
Gerwig received nominations in the best film and best adapted screenplay categories.
Only five women have been nominated in that category in the history of the Oscars, including Gerwig by Lady Bird in 2018.
Johansson in two categories: surprise
Scarlett Johansson received an unusual recognition on Monday by being nominated twice in different categories and for two different roles.
“Prior to Johansson, only 11 actors have won double nominations the same year in the history of the Oscars,” said Variety entertainment magazine.
The 35-year-old actress is in the category as best actress for her star in the divorce drama, Marriage Story; and appears in the category for best supporting actress for playing a German mother who works secretly against the Nazi regime in Jojo Rabbit.
Little diversity: disappointment
Asian and black performers were excluded from the main categories of interpretation, with the exception of British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo for her role in “Harriet,” which tells the story of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman.
The absence of actors with celebrated performances, such as Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Lupita Nyong’o (Us) or Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy) have raised questions about the Oscar awards being “very white.”
Nor was the American actress of Chinese and Korean origins Awkwafina recognized, who won a Golden Globe on January 6 for her star in The Farewell.
The U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences It has doubled the representation of women and minorities among its members.
“But, even four years after this effort began, the organization is still 68% composed of men and 84% by white members,” the New York Times said Monday.
“Frozen II” and “Klaus”: surprise
Six years ago, Frozen won two statuettes for best animated film and best song for the now classic “Let It Go.”
On this occasion the sequel was excluded from the first category, surprisingly for some, and reappeared in the best original song, this time with “Into the Unknown.”
The feature film was expected to compete, especially considering it was a huge box office success by raising $ 1.3 billion worldwide.
The other surprise in the animated film category was Netflix’s low-profile Christmas movie “Klaus,” directed by Spanish Sergio Pablos, creator of the animated franchise Despicable Me.
In the category of best original song another disappointment, according to critics, was the absence of the theme “Spirit”, played by Beyoncé, which was emerging as one of the favorites.