Roma and The Favourite lead the 2019 Oscar Ballot with 10 nominations each. After all, Black Panther makes history by becoming the first ever superhero movie to earn a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Netflix is hoping Roma, which won the Golden Globe for best foreign language motion picture, will carry it to the throne. In getting a Best Director nod without a corresponding Best Picture nomination, Cold War joins the 2014 Bennett Miller film Foxcatcher as the only two films in the expanded Best Picture era to pull that off.
Perhaps the biggest news in the score category was the first nomination for Terence Blanchard for his music for Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman".
Only a handful of women of color have been nominated for best actress. Steve Spielberg has said Netflix films are more like TV movies and deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar.
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'Huge congratulations to all the nominees and we are especially delighted that Yorgos got the nod for director - more than with most movies, it's all down to him'. It will feature Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Picture, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Original Song, Production Design. Blanchard has been scoring Lee's films for almost 30 years, including "Malcolm X" and "25th Hour", but this marks his first time with Oscar.
Of course, on Oscars night, the focus will revert to the nominees, and the red carpet glamour.
And though Netflix did put both movies in theaters-in a very limited, four-walled way-I wonder if the convenience of their release platform actually worked in their favor this time. With three rather unexpected nominations, the Coen brothers' anthology western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs had a great morning. The fifth spot in Supporting Actress was open (after you figure Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Regina King as locks), and it looked to be Foy's, but that nomination did not materialize. But in a surprise move, Cooper was excluded from the directors' category.
And the most outstanding snubs and surprises go to... It would be nice to think that both Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody aren't our problematic favorites anymore, but the reality is, though they're outstripped by The Favourite and Roma in total nominations, they're still in it.