Kiwi talent nominated for Oscars

Kiwi film director Taika Waititi has been included in this year's list of nominees for the NZ...
Kiwi film director Taika Waititi has been nominated for several Academy Awards this year for his work on 'Jojo Rabbit'. Photo: NZ Herald

Hollywood darling Taika Waititi and Kiwi screenwriter Anthony McCarten are both nominated for Academy Awards this year.

The nominations, released overnight, reveal both Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) and McCarten (The Two Popes) will go head-to-head for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jojo Rabbit has a total of six Oscar nods - including for Best Picture - and is also nominated for Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing and Production Design.

The Oscar nominations add to Waititi's ongoing filmmaking success.

Waititi's local hits Boy (2010) and Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2017) achieved international critical acclaim. In 2017, the New Zealander lent his distinctive directing style to the Marvel cinematic universe and directed Thor: Ragnarok.

The blockbuster went on to earn more than US $850 million ($1.3 billion) at the box office worldwide.

McCarten, who is nominated for his film The Two Popes, also penned screenplays for Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour. This year's nomination is the writer's fourth Oscar nomination. Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything earned him best picture nominations in 2017 and 2014.

The Two Popes is his second Oscar nomination in the best adapted screenplay category, with his first in 2014 for The Theory of Everything. He based the screenplay on Stephen Hawking's first wife Jane Hawking's memoir A Brief History of Time.

Scarlett Johansson. Photo: Reuters
Scarlett Johansson has been nominated for both her first and second awards in the same year. Photo: Reuters
Scarlett Johansson has been nominated for both her leading role in Netflix's emotional drama Marriage Story, as well as her supporting role in director Waititi's WWII comedy, Jojo Rabbit.

She's the first actor in over a decade to pick up a double nomination since Aussie actress Cate Blanchett in 2008, and just the twelfth ever to make the elite club.

Others who have managed the feat include Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx.

On Twitter, fans congratulated the first-time nominee on the extraordinary achievement.

However, others have criticised the Academy for its almost entirely white line-up of nominees this year.

Just last week the BAFTAs sparked controversy with its all-white list of acting nominees and all-male list of directing nominees, but the Oscars appeared to follow suit.

Cynthia Erivo, who played American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet, is the only actor of colour to be nominated for an acting gong.

Lupita Nyong'o, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Murphy had also been favourites for their respective roles in Us, The Farewell, Hustlers and Dolemite Is My Name, but all four were snubbed.

The Farewell director Lulu Wang was also snubbed for Best Director, as well as Greta Gerwig, whose blockbuster adaptation of Little Women was nominated for Best Picture.

Those who watched the nominations live said it was ironic the Academy had Korean-American actor John Cho and Issa Rae, the star of the popular web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, announce the nominations.

"Congratulations to all those men," Rae quipped after reading the all-male list of Best Director nominees.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 9 (US time).

The nominees
BEST PICTURE

  • The Irishman
  • Ford vs Ferrari
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
  • Parasite

BEST ACTRESS

  • Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
  • Charlize Theron - Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger - Judy

BEST ACTOR

  • Antonio Banderas - Pain and Glory
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • Adam Driver - Marriage Story
  • Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Kathy Bates - Richard Jewell
  • Laura Dern - Marriage Story
  • Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
  • Florence Pugh - Little Women
  • Margot Robbie - Bombshell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
  • Al Pacino - The Irishman
  • Joe Pesci - The Irishman
  • Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Bong Joon Ho - Parasite
  • Sam Mendes - 1917
  • Todd Phillips - Joker
  • Martin Scorsese - The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • The Irishman

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • 1917
  • Ad Astra
  • Ford v Ferrari
  • Joker
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • Ford V Ferrari - Donald Sylvester
  • Joker - Alan Robert Murray
  • 1917 - Oliver Tarrney and Rachel Tate
  • One Upon as Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman
  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker - Matthew Wood and David Acord

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Joker
  • Little Women
  • Marriage Story
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4
  • I'm Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman
  • I'm Standing With You – Breakthrough
  • Into the Unknown – Frozen II
  • Stand Up – Harriet

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • Dcera (Daughter)
  • Hair Love
  • Kitbull
  • Memorable Sister

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Brotherhood
  • Nefta Football Club
  • The Neighbor's Window
  • Saria
  • A Sister

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • American Factory
  • The Cave
  • The Edge of Democracy
  • For Sama
  • Honeyland

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • In the Absence
  • Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
  • Life Overtakes Me
  • St. Louis Superman
  • Walk Run Cha-Cha

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • The Lion King
  • 1917
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • 1917 - Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Knives Out - Rian Johnson
  • Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
  • Parasite - Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • The Irishman - Steven Zaillian
  • Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi
  • Joker - Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
  • Little Women - Greta Gerwig
  • The Two Popes - Anthony McCarten

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

  • Corpus Christi (Poland)
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia)
  • Les Miserables (France)
  • Pain and Glory (Spain)
  • Parasite (South Korea)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
  • Parasite

BEST FILM EDITING

  • Ford v Ferrari - Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker
  • The Irishman - Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Jojo Rabbit - Tom Eagles
  • Joker - Jeff Groth
  • Parasite - Jinmo Yang

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • 1917 - Roger Deakins
  • The Irishman - Rodrigo Prieto
  • Joker - Lawrence Sher
  • The Lighthouse - Jarin Blaschke
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Robert Richardson

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • Bombshell
  • Joker
  • Judy
  • 1917
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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