Oh, how naive I was going into this awards season with hope - truly a unsafe thing to have when you're a lifelong Oscar geek desperate for a reason to defend an institution that has been increasingly indefensible as of late.
Joker leads the award nominations race with 11 nods.
Nominations have been announced in eight categories so far, with the remaining 16 shortlists to follow shortly. Director Bong Joon Ho also received a nod for best director.
"American Factory", which is the first documentary to be released by Barack and Michelle Obama's production company, Higher Ground, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.More news: Awesome Games Done Quick is overcome by raising 3.13 million for charity
Parasite, from South Korea, is the sixth film to be nominated for best worldwide film - before this year known as best foreign language film - and for best picture in the same year.
"Scarlett Johansson was nominated TWICE and yet Lupita Nyong'o didn't get an Oscar nomination for playing TWO incredible roles in the same movie", one user questioned. This morning's 92nd Academy Award nominations were a wasted opportunity to honour a year in which one of the few hopeful narratives in this burning world was that the push for diversity in cinematic storytelling seemed to actually be paying off. Kathy Bates for supporting actress in "Richard Jewell".
Alfred Newman's 43 Oscar nominations is somehow not a record.
A dark satire about the gap between rich and poor, it was the first South Korean movie to be nominated in both the best picture and best global film categories.More news: New York Jets: Top 7 players to watch in National Championship game
Yes, Robert De Niro may already have his fair share of Oscars gold on the mantlepiece (he previously won for his roles in Raging Bull and The Godfather Part II), yet the actor was unable to secure a nomination for the Irishman.
The figure includes movie producers and technical categories such as best musical score, where Icelandic maestro Hildur Gudnadottir became the ninth woman nominated. Both fall short of Walt Disney, however, who had 59.
The best actor contenders are Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).
"Bombshell", the female-led drama which depicts the sexual harassment scandal that ousted Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes, was a surprise absence from the best picture list. In Hollywood came close seconds, both nabbing 10 nominations each.More news: Retail Inflation Surges to 7.35% in December, Breaches RBI's Tolerance Level