Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Things You Should Know About This Year's Oscar Nominations

Things You Should Know About This Year's Oscar Nominations

The nominations, announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, included plenty of surprises. Cooper scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in A Star is Born, but as his much lauded directorial debut, a Best Director nod never came despite being all but guaranteed leading up the announcement. "A Star Is Born" still landed eight nominations, including best actress for Lady Gaga and best supporting actor for Sam Elliott.

- "Black Panther" is the first Marvel movie - and the first superhero film of any kind - to be nominated for best picture.

As Mexico's official Oscar entry, "Roma" could also make history by being the first foreign-language film to go on to win best picture.

The 25-year-old aspiring preschool teacher was nominated for her first Oscar for playing the domestic worker at the center of Cuarón's "Roma".

The Best Director shortlist this year was a unusual and interesting one. There is one glaring omission from this year's best picture hopefuls - Netflix hasn't reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma".

Instead, the Best Original Score nominees are all film-score lifers, including longtime Spike Lee collaborator Terrance Blanchard, for BlacKkKlansman, and Childish Gambino collaborator Ludwig Goransson, for Black Panther.

'Won't You Be My Neighbor' or at least give me a nomination?

Her nod comes after 15 years in the business, crafting the rooms and realms we see in the Best Picture Oscar-winner Moonlight, Beyoncé's Lemonade, and Coogler's Fruitvale Station and Creed. He was previously nominated for his original screenplay for "Do the Right Thing" and for the documentary feature "4 Little Girls". Göransson as worked with Coogler since 2013's Fruitvale Station, and is now up for three Grammy nominations for his work with Glover, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "This Is America" and best R&B Song for "Feels Like Summer".

The Best Picture nod goes to the producer of the film, in this case Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who previously told EW that he was proud Black Panther had significance both onscreen and off.

Up for Best Actress are Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

The nominees for best supporting actress were Amy Adams ("Vice"), Marina De Tavira ("Roma"), Regina King ("If Beale Street Could Talk"), along with Stone and Weisz. She also has yet to win.

A movie star has been born! Interestingly, Mary J Blige is the first person to get this honour, and she did that just a year ago.

Hollywood's current hot name, Timothee Chalamet, will be disappointed to learn that he misses out on a nomination for his portrayal of teenager Nicolas Sheff in the Felix Van Groeningen film Beautiful Boy.

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