‘Joker’ leads Bafta film awards nominations

Culture Desk | Published: 00:00, Jan 08,2020


A still from ‘Joker’. Courtesy: IMDB

‘Joker’ leads the Bafta film nominations with 11, but there is criticism that the acting categories are all white, reports BBC.

Joker is followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood, which have 10 nominations each.

Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie are up for two acting awards each.

But no female directors were nominated for the seventh year in a row. Bafta boss Amanda Berry said she was ‘very disappointed’ by the lack of diversity.

Joaquin Phoenix will be the favourite for best actor for his role in Joker, which tells the origin story of Batman’s nemesis and has divided some critics and audiences.

It’s 11 years since Heath Ledger won a posthumous Bafta for playing the same character in The Dark Knight.

But Phoenix will face competition from Taron Egerton, who played Sir Elton John in Rocketman, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time..., Adam Driver for Marriage Story and Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes.

Margot Robbie is up against herself in the best supporting actress category for roles in Bombshell and Once Upon A Time...

That category also includes Scarlett Johansson for Jojo Rabbit, while she is also up for best actress for her role opposite Driver in Netflix’s divorce drama Marriage Story.

The other best actress nominees are Renee Zellweger for playing Judy Garland in Judy, Jessie Buckley for Wild Rose, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, and Saoirse Ronan for Little Women.

But there is no room for Little Women film-maker Greta Gerwig - or any other women - in the best director category.

Bafta’s deputy chairman Krishnendu Majumdar said the lack of female nominees in the best director category was an ‘industry-wide problem’ and that Bafta was ‘fiercely doing something about it’ with its schemes like Elevate.

Marc Samuelson, chair of Bafta’s film committee, said the issue was ‘infuriating’.

He added, ‘We can’t make the industry do something, all we can do is encourage and push and inspire and try to help people coming in at the bottom end.’

Winners and nominees in most categories are voted for by 6,500 Bafta members, who are industry professionals and creatives around the world.

The ceremony will take place on  February 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, hosted by Graham Norton.

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