(Reuters) – The dark story of the comic “Joker” led the nominations on Monday for the Oscars in a better alignment of images dominated by stories of or about men and presenting a single actor in color despite the efforts made in recent years to diversify the field.
The 11 winks for “Joker”, which changed the genre of the comic with its terrifying depiction of an isolated solitaire, covered all the main fields, including the best film, director Todd Phillips and the winning actor of the Golden Globe Joaquin Phoenix. The controversial Warner Bros. (TENNESSEE) The film has raised more than $ 1 billion in global box office.
Phillips said in a statement that he saw the film as “a study of characters to reflect the world around us. Explore what we are seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love.”
“Joker” will compete for the first prize with the testosterone racing drama “Ford v Ferrari”, Netflix (NFLX.O) the gangster movie “The Irish”, the satire of the Nazi era “Jojo Rabbit”, the divorce drama “Marriage Story”, the World War I film “1917”, the nostalgic story of the entertainment world “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood “and South Korean social networks satire” parasite “.
Netflix won 24 nominations, including the biographical drama “The Two Popes” and the documentary “American Factory”, one of the first collaborations with the production company of former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Only Sony Pictures “6758.T) “Little Women,” an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel by an exclusively female production team, broke the mold with her best wink.
Director Greta Gerwig was excluded from the male director’s career, but earned an adapted script nomination. The stars Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh were also nominated.
Pugh said it was sad that Gerwig didn’t get a nod from the director, but he told Reuters: “She watched her movie and people are recognizing the work and talent she has been put on.” As sad as it is, we didn’t lose completely. ”
“Little Women” co-producer Amy Pascal said the film “made history by being only the third film to be nominated for best written film, directed and produced exclusively by women.”
However, a record 62 women earned nominations on Monday, nearly a third of the field, said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose 8,000 members vote on the nominees and the winners.
The academy on Monday did not respond to a request for additional comments on the issue of diversity among the nominees.
The Oscars will be awarded in Hollywood on February 9.
“I can’t see this list of nominees and say that no one really deserves to be there. I don’t necessarily see Greta Gerwig’s omission of this year’s list of nominees as a gender-based decision,” said Owen Gleiberman, film critic head of Variety, to Reuters.
SOMETHING FOR ALL
Only one of the 20 acting nominees was a person of color: Cynthia Erivo for her leading role as an anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman in “Harriet”.
Last week, British BAFTA nominations were a totally white affair in acting careers.
The lack of color nominees, which led to the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, led the Academy in 2016 to diversify its male membership, mostly white, by inviting more women and people of color to join.
Universal Pictures “CMCSA.O) “1917”, which took home the Golden Globe for best film drama last week, received 10 nominations, including for British director Sam Mendes.
Co-producer Pippa Harris said the film, about two young soldiers who have to convey a life-saving message through enemy lines, resonated because it went beyond the traditional war movie.
“There is very little blood and blood,” he told Reuters, saying the film also focused on “the friendships that are formed in the heat of battle, the importance of being at home, being separated from your family.”
Harris said the nominations in general had something for everyone. “There are stories that show men in front and center stage, but the good thing is that there are also films like” Little Women “and” Parasite “that could not be further separated in terms of their focus on the cinema and the theme “.
“Parasite,” a dark satire over the gap between rich and poor, became the first South Korean film to be nominated in both the best film category and the best international film category. Director Bong Joon Ho also received a nod to the best director.
Notable omissions included Robert De Niro, star of “The Irishman,” Jennifer Lopez for “Hustlers,” Eddie Murphy for the comedy “Dolemite is My Name” and Disney’s blockbuster hit “Frozen 2.”
Additional reports by Alicia Powell and Jane Ross; edition by Jonathan Oatis