The 2019 Oscars Nominations

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:

Best Picture:

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book

Roma

A Star is Born

Vice

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Director:

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

Original Screenplay:

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.

Thanks for reading, everyone! Do you have any predictions on the awards? Any movies that should have received any recognition? Definitely leave a comment! Also check out my Facebook page for this blog  and show some love! Until next time!

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