‘Black Panther’ Becomes First Comic Book Film Nominated For Best Picture

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With Roma's nomination for a best picture Oscar Tuesday, Netflix finally got one of its deepest wishes - big-time Academy Award validation. Can you name another horror movie that's earned that many Oscar nominations since then?

A Star Is Born is also nominated for Best Picture, with Bradley Cooper up for Best Actor.

And veteran film-maker Spike Lee, who spoke to Sky News in December about the lack of diversity at the Oscars, is nominated in the best director category for the first time in his 40-year-career.

- Sam Elliott's first Oscar nomination - for best supporting actor in "A Star Is Born" - comes 50 years after his first acting credit, on the TV series "Judd for the Defense".

He joins illustrious company with his achievement: Warren Beatty did the same, scoring four nominations in four different categories - twice - for "Heaven Can Wait" and "Reds".

The season's steadiest contender - Cooper's "A Star Is Born" - looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat. 'Black Panther' scores 7 nods!

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman engage in a fighting match in a scene from the "Black Panther", 2018.

The nominations showed popular films had broken into the best picture race.

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The best picture category has long kryptonite to superhero movies like "Black Panther" even though it was the year's biggest domestic box-office hit and a bona fide cultural event. It quickly became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, ultimately earning well over $700 million in the United States alone and over $1.3 billion worldwide. And they left two open spots on the Best Picture possible-field-of-ten which DEFINITELY should have been filled this year.

Meanwhile, "Vice" supporting actress Amy Adams remains on Close's heels in the unusual race by landing her sixth Oscar nomination. King is considered by many to be the front-runner in her category.

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And many expected "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" - a critically acclaimed documentary about U.S. children's show host Mister Rogers - to make the cut. But many saw the new category as a booby prize for blockbusters like Black Panther that would keep them out of contention for top honours. It now boasts a 95 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and among the site's top critics it has a rare 100 percent positive score.

Whether you enjoyed it or not, the Netflix western musical garnered not one but THREE surprise nominations.

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen directed Tim Blake Nelson in this Western film about gunslingers, bank robbers and other unique characters trying to make their way in the Old West.

For the second straight year, Fox Searchlight (which released last year's victor, "The Shape of Water") topped all studios, even as it and its parent studio, 20th Century Fox are in the process of being acquired by the Walt Disney Co.

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