2019 Oscar nominations: The snubs, surprises and history-makers

Los Angeles - The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced on Tuesday, with Roma and The Favourite leading the pack.


And while stars have reacted with appreciation and gratitude, the statistical quirks that the annual event throws up can be as intriguing as tracking which movies get the most nods.


Netflix's big step forward

Streaming giant Netflix took a major step forward in its quest to be both a distribution king and a purveyor of quality original content with 14 Oscar nominations, including its first for best picture for Roma.

Roma earned 10 nods, while The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen - scored three. The last Netflix nomination went to End Game, which is up for best documentary short subject.

Netflix claimed a 15th nomination for another documentary short, Period: End of Sentence, but it was not listed as a Netflix production in the Academy's press kit.

In 2018, the company earned eight nominations, half of them for Mudbound and won their first feature film documentary award for Icarus. In the years before, Netflix had just a handful of nominations, all in documentary categories.

By comparison, Amazon Studios - which had already broken through in the best picture category in 2017 with Manchester by the Sea - earned three nominations for steamy Polish love story Cold War.


Wakanda forever

For many moviegoers, the Oscars have become somewhat elitist, often rewarding arthouse fare that not many have seen. But those fans cannot complain this year.

Marvel superhero blockbuster Black Panther - the highest-grossing film of 2018 in North America - scored seven nominations including one for best picture, becoming the first movie based on a comic book to earn the honour.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who stars in the film, posted footage on Twitter of the cast celebrating when excerpts from the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con.

"Seven #OscarNoms for #BlackPanther, including best picture!! This is our reaction the first time we saw footage from the film and we're feeling this way all over again today! Thank you @TheAcademy! #WakandaForever," she wrote on Twitter.

Beyond its best picture nomination, Black Panther earned nods for costume design, original score, original song (rapper Kendrick Lamar is a nominee in that category), production design, and sound mixing and editing.


Cuaron reigns supreme

Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, a black-and-white cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City - and the mother and nanny who raised him - earned a whopping 10 nominations to lead the contenders.

But the Mexican filmmaker himself scored an impressive feat - four of those nominations are his: For best picture as a producer, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.

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.

Joel and Ethan Coen did it for No Country for Old Men


Snubs and surprises

Industry watchers were shocked that Bradley Cooper was snubbed in the best director category for A Star Is Born - but earned three nominations for best actor, best adapted screenplay and best picture (as a producer).

But they were thrilled to see Spike Lee earn his first directing nomination for BlacKkKlansman. It was his fifth overall - counting two others for the same film. The US filmmaker earned a lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Oscars.

Another major name left off the list was Timothée Chalamet, who had been seen as a likely contender for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug addict in Beautiful Boy.

And many expected Won't You Be My Neighbour? - a critically acclaimed documentary about US children's show host Mister Rogers - to make the cut. It did not.

A happy surprise was a best actress nomination for breakout Roma star Yalitza Aparicio in her debut performance.


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Los Angeles - The nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday. From box office hits including BlackKklansman, Black Panther and Roma; to award-winning performances including Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga and Mahershala Ali - this year's Oscars are full of surprise contenders and history makers.

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