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'Joker,' 'Irishman,' 'Hollywood' lead BAFTA Film Awards nominations

Tuesday's nominations were denounced by some for a lack of diversity in the main acting and directing categories.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix appears backstage Sunday after winning the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Joker at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor Joaquin Phoenix appears backstage Sunday after winning the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for "Joker" at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Tuesday revealed the nominees for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards, with Joker leading the way with 11 nods.

Joker is nominated for Best Film, Leading Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Director for Todd Phillips, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Casting, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Sound.

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The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each earned 10 nominations, followed by Jojo Rabbit with six and Little Women, Marriage Story and The Two Popes with five each.

Parasite, 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are the others nominated for Best Film.

Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), Renee Zellweger (Judy) and Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose) are nominated for Leading Actress.

Phoenix, Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes) are nominated for Leading Actor. Phoenix won the Golden Globe on Sunday for best performance by an actor in a motion picture drama.

The nominees for Supporting Actor include Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Joe Pesci (The Irishman) and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). Supporting Actress nominees include Margot Robbie (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Florence Pugh (Little Women), Johansson (Jojo Rabbit), Laura Dern (Marriage Story) and Robbie a second time for Bombshell.

Phillips, Sam Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite) are nominated for Best Director.

Tuesday's announcement was met with hefty criticism for a lack of diversity among nominees. No actors of color were nominated in any of the main acting categories and no women were nominated for Best Director. BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry said it's "hugely disappointing to see."

"Our year-round activity has many strands that focus on diversity," she said. "It's clear there is much more to be done and we plan to double down our efforts to affect real change and to continue to support, and encourage the industry on the urgency of doing so much more."

"We'd have liked to have seen more diversity in the nominations, it does continue to be an industry-wide issue," BAFTA's director of awards, Emma Baehr, told The Hollywood Reporter. "I think more films need to be made, and entered, giving people a chance to see them. We'd absolutely like to see more diversity, but I also don't want to take away from those celebrating today."

She noted, however, that there has been a near 10 percent rise in entries for female filmmakers this year -- with 13 nominated outside of the main director category, compared to eight last year.

The 73rd British Academy Film Awards, hosted by Graham Norton, will be held Feb. 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will air on BBC One.

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