The 2019 Oscar Nominations are out, and everyone has an opinion. This blogger is included on that list. Now, I’m not throwing a fit over the nominations but I will admit that there are some surprises…and snubs. But we’ll get to that later.
Leading the pack is “Roma” and “The Favourite” with ten nominations each, including the field for Best Picture. Speaking of, we have a first! “Black Panther” makes history as the first ever superhero movie to get nominated for the Best Picture award! As a movie fan and supporter of the superhero genre, this makes my heart happy to see. There is the obvious and well-deserved love for “Green Book” but surprisingly “Bohemian Rhapsody” got some love as well.
The best actor race included Christian Bale for his portrayal of former VP Dick Cheney in Vice, Rami Malek as iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, crooning Bradley Cooper in “A Star is Born”, Willem Dafoe sneaking in as Vincent Van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate”, and Viggo Mortensen in the hunt for his first Best Actor Oscar for “Green Book.”
Lady Gaga nabs her first acting nomination for “A Star is Born” while Glenn Close picks up her seventh Academy Award nod for best actress in “The Wife”. The rest of the field is rounded out by Olivia Colman gets a nod for “The Favourite”, Yalitza Aparicio is the first indigenous actress nominated for best actress in “Roma”, and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Here is the complete list of the major nominees:
A Star is Born
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice
Best Animated Movie:
Incredibles 2, Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson
Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet, Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
The Favourite, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed, Paul Schrader
Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma, Alfonso Cuaron
Vice, Adam McKay
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born, Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetter\
Obviously, there are some snubs such as Bradley Cooper and Ryan Coogler being passed over for Best Director but there are those happy surprises such as Spike Lee getting his first Oscar Nomination ever with BlacKkKlansman. The biggest surprise is the Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? did not receive any nominations. While I’m happy that documentaries are getting more publicity, this omission is huge in my eyes. Looking at the nominations, you can see that there is a new generation at work in the Academy with them diversifying their ranks and putting small movies such as Roma into the limelight along with mainstream, crowd-pleasing films. Hopefully this trend continues into the future.
I think this Oscar race could be very interesting, considering the diversity in the big fields this year. Some actors and actresses like Mortensen, Bale and Close are looking for their first Oscar win while we could see some upsets when the gold statues are passed out on February 24th at 8 pm ET on ABC.
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