LONDON (AP) – The film â€œJokerâ€ has topped the nominations for the British Academy film awards announced Tuesday.
The movie about the origins of the comic book villain received 11 BAFTA nominations including best film, best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, and best director.
Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic â€œThe Irishmanâ€ and Quentin Tarantino’s â€œOnce Upon a Time in Hollywoodâ€ were close behind with 10 nominations each, including for best picture. Sam Mendes’ war film â€œ1917â€ also earned a best picture nomination two days after winning that award at the Golden Globes.
The Korean film â€œParasiteâ€ also is on the best picture list.
In addition to Phoenix, the best actor nominees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Taron Egerton and Jonathan Pryce.
The best actress will be chosen from among Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and Margot Robbie.
BAFTA executives expressed dismay at the lack of diversity reflected in the nominations, which put only white actors up for the major acting prizes and have no women competing in the best director category.
â€œBeing totally honest, we are disappointed, and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated,â€ British Academy Chief Executive Amanda Berry said.
The winners will be announced at a Feb. 2 gala event hosted by comedian Graham Norton, a past BAFTA winner for his TV chat show.