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Oscar Nominations 2020: ‘Joker’ leads the pack with 11

Red carpet season is officially in full swing and the mother of all ward shows is almost here.

The 92nd Academy Awards is scheduled to air Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.

The Academy Awards — more commonly referred to as the Oscars — is an award ceremony for artistic and technical merit in the film industry.

The Oscars has remained among one of the most popular televised award ceremonies.

The nominees for the night’s top awards vary in style.

Todd Phillips’ “Joker” leads in nominations. It’s being considered for 11 awards, including Best Cinematography and Best Director.

The Oscar award statue.

In addition, Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for Best Actor due to his portrayal of Arthur Fleck (the Joker) and his descent into madness that forms an origin story of the famous comic antagonist.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” as well as Sam Mendes’ “1917” follow “Joker” for most nominations with 10 apiece.

Tarantino’s 1960s period piece “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood” earned him his third Best Director nomination and first Best Picture nomination, bringing him to a total of eight Oscar nominations overall in his career.

In 2013, Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for the film “Django Unchained” that featured Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.

Leonardo DiCaprio — who also starred in “Django Unchained” — is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rick Dalton, a veteran Hollywood actor who fears his career is ending. Co-star Brad Pitt — who played Cliff Booth, a war veteran and Dalton’s stunt double — is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Mendes’ World War I drama “1917” and Martin Scorsese’s star-studded mob epic “The Irishman” are both up for awards such as Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

The other films competing for the coveted Best Picture title include “JoJo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Parasite” and “Marriage Story.”

Scarlett Johansson received a rare double nomination in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories for her performances in “JoJo Rabbit” and “Marriage Story,” respectively.

Controversially, female directors were given no recognition in the Best Director category for the second year in a row.

However, director Bong Joon Ho is up for the award for his work on “Parasite.”

“Parasite” is the first film from South Korea nominated for Best International Feature Film and is the first Korean picture nominated for Best Picture.

Ho is the only one of the director nominees who hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar before.

Elton John is set to perform “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from the film “Rocketman” and Idina Menzel and Aurora will perform “Into the Unknown” from the popular animated sequel “Frozen 2.”

Erivo will also perform “Stand Up” from ‘Harriet’ and Chrissy Metz will perform “I’m Standing with You” from “Breakthrough,” both from the movies they star in.

Lastly, Randy Newman will perform “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4.”

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