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No Oscar Nominations For Cincinnati's 'Dark Waters'

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Blair Raughley
Invision for Focus Features, AP
Mark Ruffalo, who stars in and produced 'Dark Waters,' attended the West Hollywood screening on Nov. 6, 2019.

Dark Waters, the film shot in Cincinnati a year ago, was snubbed by the 92nd annual Academy Awards, as it was for the Golden Globes.

Todd Phillips' Joker led all films with 11 nominations, with nods for best picture, lead actor (Joaquin Phoenix), director (Phillips), adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing, sound editing, sound mixing, original score, costume design and makeup.

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

Scarlett Johansson could receive two acting awards, as lead actress in Marriage Story and supporting actress in JoJo Rabbit. Variety has the complete list here.

The Academy Awards air live on Sunday, Feb. 9, on WCPO-TV and ABC.

In Dark Waters, Mark Ruffalo starred as Robert Bilott, the Taft, Stettinius and Hollister partner who worked nearly two decades to win a class-action lawsuit again DuPont for pollution near Parkersburg, W. Va. Dark Waters was based on a 2016 New York Times profile of Bilott.

Dark Waters also starred Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins; plus Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman and William Jackson Harper. It was directed by Todd Haynes, who shot Carol here in 2014 with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Carol was nominated for six Academy Awards, but did not win any Oscars. The nominations were for actresses Blanchett and Mara; adapted screenplay; cinematography; costume design; and original movie score.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.