The Joker movie should be “in the running” for a Best Picture Oscar, according to film festival director

The Joker movie hype just won’t die down. Fresh off a flurry of five-star reviews – including our own which you can read here (opens in new tab) – the comic book film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and charting the Crown Prince of Crime’s origins, is now getting some serious awards buzz. The director of the Venice Film Festival, which hosted the Joker movie’s first bow, expects it to be in the running for a handful of categories, including Best Picture.

When asked by Deadline (opens in new tab) about the Joker movie’s Oscar prospects, including the interviewer name-checking Best Picture, Alberto Barbera said: “They’re very good. Absolutely, it will be in the running [for an Academy Award nomination].” He added that it is “a strong, unexpected and original film.”

In fact, when faced with predicting some of the Oscar big hitters come 2020 from the Venice Film Festival, Barbera firmly stated, “It’s hard to say. It’s so unpredictable and there’s a long way to go,” before doubling down on one movie, “Joker, for sure.”

If the Joker movie does get the Best Picture nod, it would be the second comic book movie ever to do so, with Marvel’s Black Panther (opens in new tab) having been nominated for the top Academy Award earlier this year.

As Barbera says, though, there’s still a while to go yet. There are plenty of movies between now and the expected Academy Awards nomination release date in January 2020.

This news, though, should put a smile on the faces of fans who are eagerly anticipating Joker’s October 4 release and may yet prove the tide is turning when it comes to more quote-unquote ‘popular’ movie successes at the Oscars.

Sister publication Total Film has even more from the Joker movie, including an interview with director Todd Phillips (opens in new tab) on the possibilities of a sequel.

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