Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in the film JOJO RABBIT. Photo by Kimberley French. © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

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Two Kiwis are going head to head for an Oscar.

Taika Waititi, director of Jojo Rabbit, and The Two Popes writer Anthony McCarten are both nominated for the Academy Award for the best adapted screenplay.

In the category, they will take on Hollywood heavyweights like The Irishman (Steven Zaillian) and Joker (Todd Phillips and Scott Silver), as well as Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham) and Little Women (Greta Gerwig).

The nominees for the Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning (New Zealand time) with Issa Rae and John Cho revealing the shortlist. The 24 categories honour the best achievements in films released in 2019.

Jojo Rabbit got six nods, including for best picture. It was also nominated for best costume design, best film editing and production design.

Scarlett Johansson is nominated as best supporting actress for her role.

When asked  on whether his daughters are old enough to be aware of his film on intolerance in Hitler’s Germany and its Oscar nominations, Waititi told AP “I think they’re probably more interested in me taking them to the park with their scooters, or making a fort, or playing in a teepee.

“I’d be worried if my 4-year-old was thinking, ‘What are we going to do about these Nazis?”

WETA Digital also scored a nod for their FX work on Avengers: Endgame.

The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards:

Best picture: Ford v. Ferrari; The Irishman; Jojo Rabbit; Joker; Little Women; Marriage Story; 1917; Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood; Parasite.

Best director: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite; Sam Mendes, 1917; Todd Phillips, Joker; Martin Scorsese, The Irishman; Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Best actor: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory; Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood; Adam Driver, Marriage Story; Joaquin Phoenix, Joker; Jonathan Pryce The Two Popes.

Best actress: Cynthia Erivo, Harriet; Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story; Saoirse Ronan, Little Women; Charlize Theron, Bombshell; Renee Zellweger, Judy.

Best supporting actor: Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood;Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes; Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood; Joe Pesci, The Irishman; Al Pacino, The Irishman.

Best supporting actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell; Laura Dern, Marriage Story; Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit; Florence Pugh, Little Women; Margot Robbie, Bombshell.

Adapted screenplay: The Irishman, Steven Zaillian; Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi; Joker, Todd Phillips and Scott Silver; Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham; Little Women, Greta Gerwig; The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten.

Original screenplay: Knives Out, Rian Johnson; Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach; 1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns; Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino; Parasite, Bong Joon-ho, Jin Won Han.

Original Score: Hildur Gudnadottir, Joker; Alexandre Desplat, Little Women; Randy Newman, Marriage Story; Thomas Newman, 1917; John Williams, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Costume design: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

Animated short film: Dcera (Daughter), Hair Love, Kitbull, Memorable, Sister.

Visual effects: Avengers: Endgame; The Irishman; The Lion King; 1917; Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Live Action short film: Brotherhood, Nefta Football Club, The Neighbors’ Window, Saria, A Sister.

Documentary short subject: In the Absence, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), Life Overtakes Me, St. Louis Superman, Walk Run Cha-Cha.

Original Song: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again, Rocketman; I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough; Into The Unknown, Frozen II; Stand Up, Harriet; I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story 4.

International film: Corpus Christi, Poland; Honeyland, North Macdeonia; Les Miserables, France; Pain and Glory, Spain; Parasite, South Korea.

Film Editing: Ford Vs. Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman, Joker, Parasite.

Production design: The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, 1917, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Parasite.

Makeup and hairstyling: Bombshell, Joker, Judy, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 1917.

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