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Check Out The 91st Academy Awards Nominations

The 91st Oscar nominations were announced this morning in a presentation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We have the full list of all the most noteworthy people and films up for the coveted Academy Award.

There was a bit of history made today as 10 years after Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight forced a significant paradigm shift at the Oscars, a superhero movie was finally nominated for best picture. That’s right, Marvel’s Black Panther scored the first nomination for such a film. With $700 million at the domestic box office, Ryan Coogler’s hit film became the third-highest grossing film of all time in the States. Worldwide it has accumulated north of $1.3 billion. Its nomination makes it the third-highest grossing best picture nominee ever, behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.

In August, the AMPAS said it would roll out a “popular film” award as a way to connect with audiences, and that idea was quickly shelved due to an overwhelming amount of negative criticism. Many wondered if the category would be seen as a consolation prize for acclaimed films such as Black Panther that might not earn best picture nominations, but instead, the Academy ended up with something of a compromise by just including more “mainstream” movies in the usually under-seen movies nominated for the larger categories.

Black Panther

That’s not to say there weren’t a lot of Art-house fare nominated. Check out the Best Director category which found two foreign language directed films being thrown into the mix, including favorite-to-win Alfonso Cuarón.

As there is any year, of course, there were snubs. Bringing up Black Panther once again, many have said for such a ferocious blockbuster why would its director, Ryan Coogler, not earn a nomination? Additionally, many have pointed out Michael B. Jordan’s supporting performance as Killmonger was enough to warrant an interesting choice for the category. But expanding beyond the Marvel snubs, there were considerable films and people who were hot going into the Oscar race that seemed to have fallen by the wayside, including a wonderful documentary revolving around everyone’s favorite children’s program host, Mr. Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor was shunned from the Best Documentary category altogether, even though it’s cleaned up in many other races.

But perhaps the biggest surprise of all was Bradley Cooper. Even though the star earned two Nominations (for producing A Star Is Born, along with Adapted Screenplay) many pundits placed him as almost guaranteed choice for the Best Director category. No dice, Mr. Cooper. The film ended up earning eight nominations altogether, including two for its star, Lady Gaga (Best Song and Best Actress).

A Star Is Born

In the end, Alfonso Cuarón’s memory movie Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite led the way 10 nominations apiece. Followed by Warner Bros’ A Star Is Born and Annapurna Pictures’ Vice, both with eight, and joining Roma and The Favourite in a diverse Best Picture race that has been shaping up all awards season.

Check out a choice selection of the biggest categories announced for this year’s 91st Academy Awards below (check out the full list of all the nominees here):

Best picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Best director

Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best actor

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Christian Bale (Vice)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

Best actress

Glenn Close (The Wife)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Best supporting actress

Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Amy Adams (Vice)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Marina De Tavira (Roma)

Best adapted screenplay

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

Best original screenplay

Green Book (Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga)
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Vice (Adam McKay)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)

Best animated feature

Incredibles 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Isle of Dogs
Mirai

Best documentary

Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Of Fathers and Sons

Best foreign language film

Roma (Mexico)
Cold War (Poland)
Shoplifters (Japan)
Capernaum [Lebanon]
Never Look Away [Germany]

Best cinematography

Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)

Best film editing

Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
Vice (Hank Corwin)
BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J Don Vito)

Best makeup and hairstyling

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Best original score

If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)

Best original song

“Shallow” (A Star Is Born)
“All the Stars” (Black Panther)
“I’ll Fight” (RBG)
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns)
“When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Best visual effects

First Man
Avengers: Infinity War
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Ready Player One
Christopher Robin

The 2019 Oscars ceremony will be broadcast live on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.


Sources: Netflix, Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros.

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