Margot Robbie 'blown away' by Oscar nod

Australia's Margot Robbie has been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in Bombshell.
Australia's Margot Robbie has been nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in Bombshell.

Australian actress Margot Robbie has picked up the second Oscar nomination of her career on a controversial morning in Hollywood, where Joker scored the most nominations and a lack of diversity in the acting and directing categories was slammed.

Robbie, who began her career on TV soap Neighbours, has become one of the film industry's leading actor-producers.

The 29-year-old from Dalby, Queensland, was on a flight when the Academy announced on Monday she was nominated in the supporting actress category for her haunting performance in Bombshell as a TV producer sexually harassed by Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

"I'm so blown away and so extremely grateful to the Academy," Robbie wrote on Instagram.

"Beyond humbled to find myself in such excellent company."

The ceremony was not so good for fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Eliza Scanlen and Lee Smith.

Kidman (Bombshell), Collette, (Knives Out) and Scanlen (Little Women) missed out on supporting actress nominations.

Robbie, nominated in 2018 for I, Tonya, fell short of a double nomination when she was given the cold shoulder for her supporting performance as Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

Laura Dern (Marriage Story) is the supporting actress favourite ahead of Robbie with Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell), Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit) and Florence Pugh (Little Women) the other nominees.

Blanchett received a Golden Globe nomination for Where'd You Go, Bernadette, but was a long shot for an Oscar lead actress nod.

The nominees are: Renee Zellweger (Judy); Cynthia Erivo (Harriet); Saoirse Ronan (Little Women); Charlize Theron (Bombshell); and Johansson (Marriage Story).

The Academy, responding to 2016's lack of diversity among nominees that sparked the OscarsSoWhite social media campaign, has since aggressively broadened its membership, but the UK's Erivo was the only actor of colour to earn a nomination this year.

Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Awkwafina (The Farewell), Lupita Nyong'o (Us) and Alfre Woodard (Clemency) missed out.

USA Today responded with the headline: "Oscar nominations 2020: It's not OscarsSoWhite, but it's not good enough".

Variety carried a similar headline: "Academy Awards Barely Escape a Reprise of OscarsSoWhite".

The directing nominees were men: Martin Scorsese (The Irishman); Todd Phillips (Joker); Sam Mendes (1917); Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood); and Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).

Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) were considered worthy directing nominees.

"Congratulations to those men," actress Issa Rae, who co-hosted the nomination ceremony, sarcastically said after the directing category was announced.

The Academy trumpeted "a record 62 women were nominated, almost one third of this year's nominees".

Sydney-raised editor Smith appeared likely to receive the fourth Oscar nomination of his career for his trailblazing work on the World War I war epic and best picture candidate, 1917.

His editing helped create the illusion the movie was filmed in one continuous shot.

The Sydneysider won the editing Oscar in 2018 for Dunkirk, and received nominations for The Dark Knight in 2008 and Master and Commander in 2004.

Smith missing out is all the more surprising with 1917 showered with 10 nominations, including cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, original score, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and original screenplay.

Joker - a stark, deep dive into the Batman villain's origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix - led with 11 nominations.

The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood joined 1917 with 10 nominations each.

The best picture nominees are: Joker; The Irishman; Once Upon Time In Hollywood; 1917; Ford v Ferrari; Little Women; Marriage Story; Parasite; and Jojo Rabbit.

The lead actor nominees are: Phoenix (Joker); Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory); Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood); Adam Driver (Marriage Story); and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

Others to miss out were Robert De Niro for The Irishman, Taron Edgerton playing Elton John in Rocketman, Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems, Frozen 2 for animated feature and Beyonce's original song Spirit for Lion King.

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi's comedy-drama Jojo Rabbit was one of the big winners with six nominations.

Waititi missed a directing nomination but will collect Oscars if the film wins best picture or adapted screenplay.

"I'm from New Zealand, so we try not to take anything seriously, but this is quite a big deal," Waititi told The Hollywood Reporter.

Jojo Rabbit was also nominated for costume design, editing and production design.

Johansson became the 12th actor in Oscar history to score two nominations in the one year.

The 92nd Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday February 9 (Monday February 10 AEDT) in Hollywood.

Australian Associated Press