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Joker, 1917 In the Frame to Sweep the Stakes at 92nd Academy Awards
A total of 53 films have received nominations to win some of the biggest prizes in Hollywood at the Oscars 2020 on Sunday, but only a fraction of that number will win on the night. Betting is available from NJ and PA with sportsbooks odds and poddsmakers predictions on the best picture and other nominations.
Among the front-runners for the biggest accolades of the evening lies Joker and 1917, two works expected to dominate the headlines—if the bookmakers are to be believed.
Those account for two of the four films to have received nominations in the double digits—The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood being the others—and Joker tops the pile with 11 to its name (the other three mentioned each have 10 nominations).
Anyone who has witnessed the aforementioned quartet will understand the hype. Director Todd Phillips succeeded in reviving DC Comics’ dark underbelly in Joker, which charts Joaquin Phoenix’s fall from the woeful “Arthur Fleck” to become Batman’s insane arch-nemesis.
Phoenix’s emotionally warped performance as the Clown Prince of Crime looks likely to net him Best Actor, but it’s Sam Mendes’ war epic 1917 that accounts for the favorite spot in many other categories.
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects are each strong possibilities for 1917, as are the gongs for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
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Speaking of sound, one deserving award Joker could bag is Best Original Score, a category in which Hildur Gudnadottir is the only female composer nominated.
Gudnadottir plays cello for Joker’s score to chilling effect, and she told: “I fell in love with the film and wrote all the main themes before they started shooting, so they were able to use that music, and I was able to be a part of that.”
One scene called “Bathroom Dance” highlights her contribution in particular, a symbiotic display between actor and accompaniment by Phoenix as his transformation into The Joker accelerates. Gudnadottir added:
“Joaquin was basically responding in real time to the music – the scene wasn’t scripted like this at all. The scene in the bathroom where he’s being led by the music and improvises a dance, it was just basically his reaction to hearing what I’d written.
“A lot of his performances that happened after that point were because that moment just worked so well, and the music really kind of supported him.”
Her chances of scooping the Best Score award look all the stronger considering she’s already picked a Golden Globe and a Bafta for her work on Joker, as well as an Emmy for her score to the television series, Chernobyl.
South Korean black comedy thriller, Parasite, has also received major plaudits after it impressed at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and could be worthy of a few surprises (though the Best International Feature prize is all but certain for Bong Joon-ho’s masterpiece, the third-highest grossing film in South Korea).
The same could be said of Marriage Story, which tells a charming but tough tale of a divorce in motion, with leads Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver each receiving stellar reviews for their roles.
Johansson in particular could be a dark horse for individual recognition and is the second-favorite to win Best Actress for her role as Nicole Barber.
However, rumours suggest little will stop Renee Zellweger from collecting the award following one of her finest career roles in the biopic Judy, a film charting the final year in the life of Judy Garland. This is Zellweger’s fourth Academy Award nomination and comes 16 years after her last, when she won Best Supporting Actress for her part in 2004’s Cold Mountain.
Marriage Story should leave the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, with at least one Oscar under its arm on Sunday, however, as Laura Dern has gathered momentum as the leading choice for Best Supporting Actress.
Margot Robbie and Florence Pugh are the closest rivals to snag the accolade for their roles in Bombshell and Little Women, respectively, but it’s Dern’s portrayal of Nora Fanshaw, the lawyer of ex-wife-to-be, Barber (Johansson), who seems to have captured most attention.
Among the underdogs are a selection of extremely good films in various elements, but those that simply look likely to be crowded out by an elite upper crust of competition this year.
Ford v Ferrari features a superb soundtrack and top-class editing that could see it launch a surprise in those genres, while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will hope to not get lost in the crowd altogether despite being a box-office success that’s raked in over $1 billion worldwide.
Taika Waititi continued his dazzling directorial record with Jojo Rabbit, the story of a Hitler Youth member who finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl on the run. The film is deserving of huge plaudits itself, but one senses it won’t find the recognition it deserves at the Oscars.
Away from the travails of ‘real-life’, the race to be crowned Best Animated Feature Film is a toss-up between Toy Story 4 and another Netflix release, Klaus.
This writer would be lying if he said there wasn’t a special place in his heart for Andy’s assortment of toys come to life. However, Christmas hit Klaus retold the origins of Santa Claus in a way that seemed fresh while reviving all the charm that can make those old traditions so hard to let go.
92nd Academy Awards: Films with Multiple Nominations
- 11 nominations: Joker
- 10: 1917, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- 6: Parasite, Little Women, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story
- 4: Ford v Ferrari
- 3: Bomb Shell, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, The Two Popes
- 2: Judy, Pain and Glory, Toy Story 4, Harriet, Honeyland