British war film 1917 in the battle for the Oscar for best picture

The 1917 British War Epic will face off against Korean social satire Parasite in the race for the top Oscar today.

Sir Sam Mendes, Sir Elton John and Florence Pugh are among the British contenders hoping to win prizes, amid criticism of lack of diversity among candidates.

Director Sir Sam will aim to replicate the success of 1917 at the Bafta Film Awards, where it took seven of the nine gongs for which he was nominated, including Best Picture, Best British Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.

Joker, Todd Phillips’ dark exploration of the descent into madness of a troubled loner, sets the stage for nominations with 11, ahead of 1917, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, which number 10 each.

Sir Sam Mendes at the Baftas. Credit: Pennsylvania

These four films are nominated for Best Picture, alongside Ford V Ferrari – released in the UK under the title Le Mans ’66 – Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story and Parasite, which would be the first non-English language film. to win the first prize.

Sir Elton is nominated for his first Oscar since winning Best Original Song for The Lion King in 1995.

This time, he is recognized, alongside his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, for his track (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from the biopic about his life, Rocketman.

Cynthia Erivo is the only non-white nominee in the acting categories, having landed a nomination for the Harriet Tubman Harriet biopic.

Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Credit: Pennsylvania

If she wins, she will be the youngest EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

The ceremony was again criticized for the lack of diversity among the nominees after the OscarsSoWhite hashtag started to become a trend in 2015 and 2016, when no non-white artist was recognized.

Last year, three of the four actor categories were won by non-white actors.

Erivo will compete for Best Leading Actress with Renee Zellweger for Judy, Charlize Theron for Bombshell, Saoirse Ronan for Little Women and Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story.

Cynthia Erivo is the only non-white candidate in the acting categories. Credit: Pennsylvania

Pugh is nominated for her first Oscar for her role as Amy March in Little Women, but faces competition for Best Supporting Actress from co-star Laura Dern, who is nominated for her role in Marriage Story and swept the category at previous awards ceremonies.

Kathy Bates for Richard Jewell, Johansson for Jojo Rabbit and Margot Robbie for Bombshell are also recognized in the category.

Sir Sam is now considered a favorite in the achievement category, despite competition from industry heavyweights Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Todd Phillips and Korean author Bong Joon-ho.

Florence Pugh is nominated for her first Oscar. Credit: Pennsylvania

The British filmmaker last won the Directing category in 2000 for American Beauty.

The directors were snubbed for the second year in a row, despite the anticipation that Greta Gerwig could be recognized for Little Women.

Welsh star Jonathan Pryce is nominated in the lead actor category for The Two Popes but will have to fend off Joaquin Phoenix, who is nominated for Joker after already racking up gongs from Bafta, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice .

Joaquin Phoenix with his Bafta. Credit: Pennsylvania

Antonio Banderas for Pain And Glory, Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and Adam Driver for Marriage Story are also nominated.

Pryce co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins is nominated for Best Supporting Actor, alongside Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for The Irishman, Tom Hanks for A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and frontman Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Brad Pitt is also up for an Oscar. Credit: Pennsylvania

The ceremony will not have a presenter for the second year in a row, but there will be performances by Erivo, Sir Elton, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman, who will perform their nominated songs, as well as Billie Eilish.

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on February 9.

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