Joker tops nominations for British Academy film awards

The film Joker has topped the nominations for the British Academy film awards announced Tuesday.

Parasite and For Sama receive 4 BAFTA nods each

Joaquin Phoenix is seen in the iconic role of the Joker. The film is up for 11 BAFTA awards. (Warner Bros.)

The film Joker 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 The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were close behind with 10 nominations each, including for best picture. Sam Mendes' war film 1917 also earned a best picture nomination two days after winning that award at the Golden Globes.

The Korean film Parasite also is on the best picture list.

Canadian Oscar-winning sound engineer Paul Massey snagged a nomination in the sound category for Le Mans '66, titled Ford v Ferrari in North America. He's nominated alongside David Giammarco, Steven A. Morrow and Donald Sylvester.

Bong Joon-ho has been nominated in the best director category for Parasite. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Vancouver-born production designer Dennis Gassner is nominated for best production design with Lee Sandales for 1917.

In addition to Phoenix, the best actor nominees included Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Driver, Taron Egerton and Jonathan Pryce.

The best leading actress will be chosen from among Scarlett Johansson, Saoirse Ronan, Charlize Theron, Renee Zellweger and Jessie Buckley.

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.

"Being totally honest, we are disappointed, and that is not to take anything away from the people who have been nominated," British Academy Chief Executive Amanda Berry said.

Soon after the British Academy Film Awards announced the acting contenders, online critics lamented the lack of diversity, using the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite on social media.

The nominees in the majority of categories are selected in a vote by 6,500 BAFTA members around the world.

The winners will be announced at a Feb. 2 gala event in London hosted by comedian Graham Norton, a past BAFTA winner for his TV chat show.

With files from Reuters