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    Oscar nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ leads with 11 nods, including best picture

    During an awards season with no clear front-runner, “Joker” finally catapulted to the lead Monday morning. The villainous origin story scored 11 Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, while “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “1917” and “The Irishman” each scored 10 nods.

    The 92nd annual Academy Awards, airing Feb. 9 (ABC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT), won’t have a host for the second year in a row but will have plenty of excitement with a stacked best-picture race.

    “Joker” will compete against Quentin Tarantino’s 1969-set L.A. fantasy “Once Upon a Time,” Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic “Irishman,” Noah Baumbach’s divorce drama “Marriage Story,” Sam Mendes’ World War I thriller “1917,” Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy “Parasite,” Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age adaptation “Little Women,” retro racing drama “Ford v Ferrari,” and Taika Waititi’s World War II satire “Jojo Rabbit.”

    With his transformative “Joker” role, Golden Globe winner Phoenix scored a best actor nomination alongside Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”) and Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”).

    Renee Zellweger, who’s earned stellar reviews – and a Globe win – as Judy Garland in the biopic “Judy,” is a favorite in the best actress race, which also includes Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”), Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”), Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”) and Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”).

    “Once Upon a Time” star Brad Pitt, armed with a Golden Globe win and a ton of goodwill, could be on the road to Oscar glory with a nomination for supporting actor. He’ll take on the “Irishman” duo Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) and Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”).

    Laura Dern, who won the Golden Globe for supporting actress for “Marriage Story,” is in the Oscar category with Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”), Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”), Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”) and Florence Pugh (“Little Women”).

    The best director race features Tarantino, Bong, Mendes, Scorsese and Phillips.

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