The 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 9, and there shall be no host again, which is fine. Everything went alright last year, and host-drama never goes well these days for the Oscars. Even Ricky Gervais is done with his Globes duties, so perhaps we simply don't need awards show emcees any longer. And it feels only fitting that Joaquin Phoenix has stepped up this season to add some personality and flair. Between his shambolic chat with reporters backstage at the Globes, his Friday arrest in D.C., and his subsequent Critics' Choice win on Sunday, this might be the season of the guy who played The JokerArthur Fleck in Joker.
Fitting with that mood, John Cho and Issa Rae appeared as planned to announce this year's nominations. Would the Academy go the way of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Globes and essentially snub The Irishman? Would 1917 continue to be the non-controversial dominating film as well? Those answers won't fully materialize until Oscars night, but here are this year's nominees:
Production Design The Irishman, Bob Shaw and Regina Graves Jojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent and Nora Sopkova 1917, Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh Parasite, Lee Ha-Jun and Cho Won Woo, Han Ga Ram, and Cho Hee