Oscars 2020: 'Joker' gets top spot, fans joke 'Lupita deserved all 11 nods'
'Joker' shattered box office records with a fantastic start and went on to become the first $1 billion R-rated movie. But, the real question is: Does it really deserve all those nods?
Joaquin Phoenix fans are jumping with joy. 'Joker' leads the pack at the 92nd Academy Award nominations with 11 nods this year and it may have come as a huge surprise to many, but to others, it was simply a shock. The film shattered box office records with a fantastic start and went on to become the first $1 billion R-rated movie. But, the real question is: Does it really deserve all those nods?
Touted to be a far cry from the typical comic book adaptation, it divided critics but united Batman and Joker lovers from across the globe. Now, it has again managed to divide social media over the lack of representation of women, and the missing Black and Asian artists from the list.
No sooner did the news hit social media, it has been buzzing with witticisms and satire. One fan joked, "Todd Phillips must have the academy at gunpoint. There is no other way Joker could possibly have 11 #OscarNoms," and another wrote, " Once Upon a Time in Hollywood... there were no (Little) Women directors nominated! What a Joker."
"Everyone has an opinion about the #OscarNoms - and yes, I do too. Uncut Gems and Awkwafina should be really annoyed today. Adam Sandler, Us, Jordan Peele, and Greta Gerwig too. Oh well, at least Joker got 119 nominations," one sarcastic fan tweeted and another posted, "Lupita deserved all 11 of The Joker’s nominations."
"If not for Black Panther, Joker would have more Oscar nominations than the entire MCU," one tweet read and another said, "Ya'll, they nominated Joker for Costume Design.....and not Ruth E. Carter, who made and designed ALL of the clothes you see in 'Dolemite is my Name'??? What is going on?? #OscarNoms."
Another user posted, "The #OscarNoms, per usual, are troubling me. However, I will be watching just to see Joaquin Phoenix give the Joker another academy award."
Several moviegoers even criticized the film for its "chaotic violence" and went on to tag it as a " film about a disaffected white male." One Twitter user wrote, "Fascinating that Joker crushed these #OscarNoms. Really speaks to how the Academy feels a chaotic violent movie with a 'Dracula black' soul represents the state of the world. Are they wrong?" and another posted, "Remember when people were making fun of the thought of a solo #Joker film set in an alternate timeline directed by the dude who made The Hangover? A billion $ and 11 #Oscarnoms later... Who's laughing now?"
"The #OscarNoms this year are gross. I don't care how good The Joker is... a film about a disaffected white male is NOT groundbreaking. It's boring. It's tired. It's overplayed. I'm sick of men and white people being at the center of everything. We must get over ourselves," one tweet read.
Another straightforward fan put it as: "The Oscars always pick one "edgy" movie each year to try to cover up the fact that the #OscarNoms are almost always from safe, pseudo-profound dramas. This year The Joker got so many noms so they didn't have to nominate, Greta Gerwig, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lopez, & Knives Out."
With all the social media hysteria, there is much talk about the quality of Oscar nominations spiraling downwards. But what if 'Joker' goes on to get the maximum wins too? The joke's on the Internet then, isn't it?