Okay, I will admit that ricochet shot at Jared Leto was unwarranted, but I’m trying to make a point about how awful his portrayal was: three actors have played the Clown Prince of Crime on the big screen since the year in the last 12 years and two have them been nominated for Academy Awards. You do the math.
However, unlike The Dark Knight — which won for Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in the Best Supporting Actor category but was generally snubbed otherwise — Joker has racked up the Academy Award accolades.
Announced on Monday morning in a live-stream hosted by John Cho and Issa Rae, the Todd Phillips-directed character study racked up 11 nominations — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
Not only does Joker‘s 11 nominations lead all of this year’s films, but it also makes the movie the most-nominated comic book film in Oscars history.
With the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama already under his belt, Joker star Joaquin Phoenix is looking like the favorite in the Best Actor category.
As for some of the bigger awards such as Best Picture and Best Director, Joker is coming up against some serious heavyweights in those categories, as Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood seems poised to dominate this year’s ceremony.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 9.
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