At 8:20 A.M. E.T., Kumail Nanjiani, and Tracee Ellis Ross joined forces in Los Angeles to announce the 2019 Oscar nominations.
In a largely unpredictable year, one in which the Oscar ceremony won’t even feature a host for the first time in decades, the race is almost certain to be filled with a bolt from the blue.
And this year’s is no exception.
Every list of Oscar nomination throws up its share of snubs, surprises, and curiosities. Here’s a rundown of some of the most interesting ones.
Without being too goofy or lackadaisical about it all, the two managed to be amusing and cute but still show respect for the gravitas of the occasion.
Nanjiani was just on the other end of this thing, waiting for his name to be announced for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick a year ago, so he knows how important it would be to those Oscars hopefuls tuning in.
But let’s have a look in a little more detail at some of the most shocking moments from the Oscars 2019 nominations… But don’t cry for BCoop. A Star is Born picked up 9 nominations in total, including Best Song (a guaranteed win) for “Shallow”, and Best Actress for Lady Gaga.
The nominees for best picture are
“A Star Is Born”, “Roma”, “Green Book”, “The Favourite”, “Black Panther”, “BlacKkKlansman”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Vice”.
The real shock, though, was to see the film pop up twice on the acting shortlists.
But all of the seasons' proven awards contenders were decisively represented—though the jury is still out with regard to which of them is most likely to win the best picture. The Favourite and Roma lead the pack with 10 nominations apiece, followed closely by A Star Is Born and Vice (both of which got eight total nods) and Black Panther (which got seven, including Marvel’s first-ever best picture nomination).
This is a huge boost for Roma's chances of winning the top prize. Stars like Gaga and Sam Elliott, who earned a nod for supporting actor, have raved about working with the young director.
In all, there are eight films vying for best picture: Roma, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, satirical Dick Cheney biopic Vice, civil rights dramedy Green Book and Black Panther.
There was a time when such a nomination might seem unthinkable, and indeed, as recently as last year, the Academy was floating a ridiculous "Most Popular Movie" category idea, presumably to nominate Black Panther without giving it an actual BP nom.
Instead, Pawel Pawlikowski came out of left field and secured his spot, for the excellent but relatively overlooked Cold War. While his film is a long shot, Coogler's snub in the best director category is interesting considering how many nominations the film scored overall: seven.
It didn't happen. And the backlash was so severe that the Academy changed its rules, expanding the number of possible Best Picture nominees from five to ten.
Leading man John David Washington, however, was absent from the film's half dozen nominations.
With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also getting a nomination in the best-animated feature category, the genre is finally getting the awards recognition many feel it deserves.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor category we have...
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody (: @bucknerphoto)
Christian Bale, Vice (: @veradogmom)
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (: @samjonesphoto)
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book (: @justbish)
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate (: @justbish)
Best Supporting Actor:
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born (: @aspictures)
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman (: @victoriawill)
Sam Rockwell, Vice (: @markseliger)
Mahershala Ali, Green Book (: @justbish)
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (: @magnussundholm)
Despite the snub for Hawke, First Reformed did manage to make its presence felt during the nomination’s announcement.
However, the hugely popular film still surprised with a slew of design awards (but no Makeup and Hairstyling nomination), including Best Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing - the latter alongside A Quiet Place.
Any which ways which of these actors you think will take home Oscar gold on February 24? Swipe through to see all of the nominees and weigh in with your favorites in the comments section below.
Enjoy the 91st annual Academy Awards, hosted by . . . nobody, airing on Sunday, February 24, on ABC.