LA Premiere of "Jojo Rabbit"

The cast and crew of "Jojo Rabbit" arrives at the film's Los Angeles premiere at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Optimal Oscar nominations morning: Six (picture, director, supporting actress, adapted screenplay, production design, costume design)

Nomination it needs: Waititi for director.

Like "Green Book," "Jojo Rabbit" won the People's Choice prize at Toronto, catapulting Waititi's sentimental satire into the best picture race. The movie has divided critics and audiences, scoring a middling 58 on review aggregator Metacritic and grossing just over $20 million at the box office in a release that saw it play at nearly 1,000 locations.

But those who love "Jojo" are all in ("a warm hug of a movie!"), likely to put it at the No. 1 spot on their best picture ballots. And Waititi has established a devoted following for directing films as diverse as "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" and "Thor: Ragnarok." If he earns a nod for directing "Jojo," the movie is back in play. And if he somehow earns an acting nod for playing Hitler, turn out the lights. The movie is going to win best picture.

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