During an award season with no clear front-runner, "Joker" finally catapulted to the lead Monday morning. Director Todd Phillips' 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 dark 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."
"Parasite," which is in contention for the recently renamed international feature film Oscar, picked up six nominations, as did "Jojo Rabbit," "Marriage Story" and "Little Women."
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"), Charlize Theron ("Bombshell") and Cynthia Erivo ("Harriet").
"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").
Erivo was the lone woman of color nominated in a predominately white acting field that also snubbed Golden Globe winner Awkwafina ("The Farewell"), Screen Actors Guild nominee Jamie Foxx ("Just Mercy") and Globe nominee Eddie Murphy ("Dolemite Is My Name").
The best director race features Tarantino, Bong, Mendes, Scorsese and Phillips, but no women were included.
Gerwig scored a nomination for "Little Women" in adapted screenplay, a category that also features "Joker," "Irishman," "Jojo Rabbit" and "The Two Popes." Up for original screenplay are Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time," Bong's "Parasite," Mendes' "1917," Baumbach's "Marriage Story" and Rian Johnson's murder mystery "Knives Out."
"Frozen II," which recently became the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, picked up a nomination for best original song ("Into the Unknown") but was shut out of best animated feature, which the first hit film won in 2014. The category this year spotlights recent Globe winner "Missing Link," "Toy Story 4," "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" and a pair of Netflix films, "Klaus" and "I Lost My Body."