Joker leads the 2020 BAFTA nominations with eleven nods (including, Best Film), even as the nominees are criticized for being largely white and male.
The 2020 BAFTA nominees have been announced, with Joker landing eleven nominations (including, Best Film and Actor). Todd Phillips' DC movie has been a bonafide Oscar contender since it hit the festival circuit, winning the Golden Lion at Venice last September. It's largely maintained its momentum since then, in spite of its polarizing (but overall positive) critical and audience reception. Joker was passed over for the National Board of Review's top ten of 2019 (with The Irishman being named Best Film), but made the cut on the American Film Institute's list shortly after and went on to pick up multiple Golden Globe nominations.
With Joker winning Globes for Hildur Guðnadóttir's score and Joaquin Phoenix's performance at Sunday night's ceremony, its Academy Award prospects are now firmly cemented. Even so, it's not the current front-runner to take home Best Picture, with Sam Mendes' 1917 and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood leading the pack after their own big victories at the Golden Globes. Martin Scorsese's The Irishman isn't down for the count either, having just secured several BAFTA award nods.
Variety reports Joker landed eleven BAFTA nominations altogether, with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman snagging ten and 1917 bringing in nine nods. The four films are joined by Bong Joon-Ho's Parasite on the roster of Best Film nominees, and all five are in the running for Best Director, just like they were at the Golden Globes. Elsewhere, Taron Egerton is going up against Phoenix for Best Actor, following his Golden Globes win for Rocketman in the Musical/Comedy category. Their fellow Globe winners Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Renée Zellweger (Judy) are likewise up for their acting at the BAFTAs.