Hundreds of millions will be tuning in to see who will win at the Oscars this year. (Image: Valeriya Zankovych / Shutterstock.com)

The nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards have finally been released, with a few surprises and snubs.

Some of the biggest names in the film industry will be competing for titles such as Best Picture.

Box office hit Joker is the front runner, with 11 nominations altogether, closely followed by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman and 1917, which each have 10 nominations.

Todd Phillips’ psychological thriller is an origin story of the Joker in which Joaquin Phoenix transforms into the main character.

But could Joker break the pattern of comic-book films being largely ignored by the Academy and take home the titles?

Joaquin Phoenix is certainly the favourite to win Actor in a Leading Role for his outstanding performance.

Joaquin Phoenix is the favourite to win for his role in Joker. (Image: Warner Bros. Pictures)

In the same category, Jonathan Pryce has received his first nomination at the Oscars at 72 years old.

However, Taron Egerton has missed out on a nomination despite his success at the Golden Globes.

After Rami Malek won an Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody last year, it looked as though Egerton may also be nominated for his role as Elton John in Rocketman.

Although, the Actor in a Leading Role category was extremely competitive this year. The likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Driver were also nominated.

Renée Zellweger is also the front runner at the bookies for her portrayal of Judy Garland.

Zellweger transformed into Judy Garland in the biopic about her life. (Image: David Hindley / LD Entertainment / Roadside Attractions)

Scarlett Johansson was nominated in this category for her role in Marriage Story as well as for her supporting role in Jojo Rabbit.

Therefore, Johansson has received her first and second Oscars nominations in the same year.

However, awarding bodies have been criticised about inequality after the nominations were released.

While Little Women was recognised in categories such as Best Picture, Greta Gerwig has not been nominated for Directing.

This has sparked outrage on social media, with fans accusing the Academy Awards of snubbing a deserving Greta Gerwig for her work as a female Director.

The lack of women nominated this year is prominent and has been commented on within the industry.

Issa Rae highlighted this when announcing the nominations, by reacting with: “Congratulations to all those men.”

Even though this is a particularly competitive category, with the legendary Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino being nominated, Little Women was celebrated by many critics.

Despite missing out in this category, Greta Gerwig released a statement saying: “Writing and directing this film was an honour and sharing it with audiences has been the most sincerely heart-warming journey.

“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 recognising the collective effort.”

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel, Little Women, has received a lot of positive feedback. (Image: Sony Pictures)

Furthermore, there has been a lack of racial diversity in the nominations as well.

There have been issues with this for a long time, with the #oscarssowhite campaign trending on Twitter in 2015 and onwards regarding under-representation.

Again people are calling for more diversity within the Academy Awards.

Cynthia Erivo has been nominated for her role in Harriet. If she wins, she will only be the second black actress to win Best Actress after Halle Berry in 2oo2.

Lupita Nyong’o was also left out of the nominations for her performance in Jordan Peele’s Us.

Hopefully all of the awareness being raised about the lack of diversity and equality in the Academy Awards will result in a transformation not only in the awards, but the industry itself.

Find the full list of nominations here and tune into the Oscars on February 9 on ABC.

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