This year, Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations in total — a rare occurrence for comic book films. Phoenix, who has already nabbed the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards for his role in the dark origin story film, earned a Best Actor nomination.
Director Todd Phillips was “deeply honored by the overwhelming recognition of the Academy” after being nominated for his work on the film, which is also up for Best Picture.The Irishman follows close behind with 10 nominations overall, including Best Picture and Directing. Martin Scorsese became the most-nominated living director after earning his 14th career nomination and called the Netflix film “a true labor of love.”
OTHER STARS AND THEIR REACTIONS FOR THE #OSCAR NOMINATION
Elton John "What incredible news to wake up to (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from Rocketman has been Oscar-nominated for Best Original Song!! This nomination means so much to me because I’m sharing it with Bernie Taupin," the legendary musician, who previously won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1994, said of his longtime writing partner. "The film Rocketman celebrates the magical journey Bernie and I have shared as musical soulmates and lifelong friends, and we are so proud to be recognized for the 53-year relationship we have shared as songwriter partners. Thank you to The Academy for this honor.
Scarlett Johansson "Working with Noah Baumbach and Taika Waititi, respectively, has given me such deep artistic satisfaction; Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit are two great highlights of my career. I am deeply humbled by the Academy’s recognition of my work which would not have been possible without the support of the incredibly gifted actors and writer/directors that I’ve been so fortunate to collaborate with," Johansson said after earning nominations for both Best Lead Actress for Marriage Story and Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit. She is one of seven people this year to earn double nominations.
Joe Pesci "I’m honored but as usual I’m humbled into speechlessness. I’m grateful to the Academy, our cast and crew and extend my sincere congratulations to the rest of the nominees," the Irishman star said. Pesci is nominated for Best Supporting Actor alongside his costar Al Pacino.
Charlize Theron "Making Bombshell is one of the great highlights of my career. I wish that the story in this film never needed to be told, but I am so proud of the entire team on this film for telling it with such grace, sensitivity, and humanity," the Best Lead Actress nominee said. "Thank you to my fellow producers, our incredible director Jay Roach and our brilliant screenwriter Charles Randolph, and a multi-talented group of actors and artists who gave 100% of themselves and their craft in making this film. I feel really lucky and blessed to do what I do and work with the people I get to work with, and I am ever thankful to the Academy.
Greta Gerwig "I am brimming with happiness, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you (that’s six!) to the Academy. This film of Little Women has been over 30 years in the making, from the very first time Louisa May Alcott and Jo March reached across time and space and made me believe I could be a writer and creator. Every single person who worked on this film poured their heart and soul into it, and we are all so grateful to the Academy for recognizing the collective effort. I am so personally proud of each person who worked on the film, and I am bursting with joy for all of them," Gerwig said after Little Women scored six nominations, including a Best Picture nod. "I have to say a few names loudly, because I am just so deeply thrilled for them my filmmaking partner/wizard/genius Saoirse Ronan, you are my inspiration and my honesty and my cocaptain, always, my baby girl superstar Florence Pugh, the Marmee of our dreams Laura Dern (woot! Marriage Story!), our gorgeously talented and ridiculously intelligent Emma Watson, the bright shining soul and life force Eliza Scanlen, our Queen Meryl, the quiet strength and world-class craft of Jayne Houdyshell, and the fifth March sister and all around prince Timothée Chalamet. The men who, as Louisa says, possess 'chivalry worth having,' Chris Cooper, Tracy Letts, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, and Louis Garrel. The costumes of Jacqueline Durran, the sets of Jess Gonchor, and the music of Alexandre Desplat — they gave me such incredible gifts and each frame of the movie is filled with their skill and work and care. Amy Pascal, I have no words big enough but you know what is in my heart. Everyone at Sony and Columbia Pictures especially to Tom Rothman, my favorite sparring partner and tireless champion. Writing and directing this film was an honor and sharing it with audiences has been the most sincerely heart-warming journey. I hope our Little Women does for another generation of girls and women what it did for me: lights a fire to write your book, make your movie, sing your verse. From all of us Little Women and Men, thank you to the Academy.
Leonardo DiCaprio "I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my work along with the incredible performances of my fellow nominees. I’ve been incredibly fortunate, with this film, to have partnered with brilliant collaborators in Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. This film is an homage to the city of Los Angeles, and I had the opportunity to portray an actor facing his own obsolescence, at a time when our culture was going through massive change," the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star said. "This film in many ways is a tribute to all those who were a part of this industry. Cinema is, and continues to be a powerful form of free artistic expression. This film along with so many others this year, were truly original and impactfull. I hope as we progress, we continue to see even more of them. I feel honored to be a part of it all. Thank you again.
Adam Driver "I’m honored and incredibly grateful to represent the people who made Marriage Story, and to be included among a list of actors I greatly admire! Thank you very much to Noah [Baumbach] and to the cast and crew and, of course, to the Academy for this opportunity," the Girls alum said.
Bradley Cooper "I’m so incredibly thrilled for Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Lawrence Sher, Mark Bridges, Jeff Groth, Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland," the Joker producer said. "Thank you to the Academy for recognizing their talent and contribution. Todd Phillips is a visionary and I couldn’t be happier for him. I’m truly honored to be a part of Joker.
Saoirse Ronan "!!! I’m just so thrilled that our Little Women has been recognized by the Academy. Greta made something so special that I’m just thankful to have been a part of, let alone nominated for. Thank you to my academy peers for loving and appreciating this film that is so close to my heart," the Little Women star said after earning her fourth-ever Academy Award nomination.
Joaquin Phoenix "I feel honored and humbled to have been nominated by my fellow actors. The Academy’s encouragement helped ignite and sustain my career and I am incredibly grateful for that support. I’d like to also congratulate my fellow nominees for being recognized for their inspiring performances that have enriched our art form," Phoenix said after Joker scored 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Actor in a Lead Role.
Tom Hanks "I’m honored to be included with the caliber of actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. It will be a grand night," the A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood actor said.
Todd Phillips "Joker began as an idea, an experiment really could we take an 'indie approach' to a studio film by inverting it into a character study to reflect the world around us? Explore what we’re seeing and feeling in society, from the lack of empathy to the effects of the absence of love," the Joker director said. "I am deeply honored by the overwhelming recognition of the Academy this morning, and I want to thank the genius that is Joaquin Phoenix, and all my incredible collaborators. We are beyond humbled that our peers in the film making community have embraced the film and its message.
Rian Johnson "In a year with so much great writing, I’m honored and thrilled to be on that list with people I admire and respect. Love and gratitude to my fellow writers in the Academy!" the Knives Out director tweeted alongside a celebratory gif.
Martin Scorsese “I’m honored that our work on The Irishman has been honored by the Academy with these nominations. We put all of ourselves into this picture, a true labor of love, and to be recognized in this way means a great deal to all of us," the Best Director nominee said.
Kathy Bates "Thank you to the Academy for this wonderful recognition. I am very proud of this film and it was truly an honor to work with the legendary Clint Eastwood on bringing the truth of Richard Jewell to light, along with the incredible Paul, Sam, Olivia, Jon, Nina, Ian and Niko. My hope is that this film brings the justice and peace Richard and Bobi Jewell deserve by shining a light on their story and his heroism," the Richard Jewell star said after earning a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Florence Pugh The Little Women star bared all in her candid reaction to the first Oscars nomination of her career. "Before the moment ... the exact moment. #nominated #forafuckingoscar!!!!!!" Pugh captioned her ecstatic Instagram post.
Barack Obama "Oscar nominations came out today and I’m glad to see American Factory’s nod for Best Documentary. I like this film for its nuanced, honest portrayal of the way a changing global economy plays out in real lives. It offers a window into people as they actually are and it’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough," the former president tweeted after a documentary from his production company scored its first big nomination. "This is exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve through Higher Ground. Congratulations to the incredible filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, and the entire team!"
Michelle Obama "I couldn’t be happier that Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar, and all of the incredible people behind #AmericanFactory have been nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar. What Julia and Steve capture on film is at times painful, at times exhilarating, but always thoughtful and always real —exactly the kind of story Barack and I wanted to lift up with Higher Ground Productions. I hope you’ll see for yourself by checking it out on Netflix," First Lady Michelle Obama wrote on Instagram to celebrate American Factory's nomination.
Cynthia Erivo “To receive two Oscar nominations for a film paying tribute to Harriet Tubman, a person whose heart and spirit are the embodiment of courage, makes this morning’s news beyond anything I could have ever imagined. This is more than a dream come true," the Harriet star said upon hearing the news of her two nominations. "When I got the opportunity to play this incredible woman, I felt truly honored that Kasi and our producers saw fit to have me play the part; being asked to co-write and perform the song in the film was the icing on an already wonderful cake. I continue to feel overwhelmed with gratitude today to the Academy for recognizing my performance and our song ‘Stand Up’."