Oscar Nominations Announced!


Well, that was interesting! This morning the Oscar nominations were announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross. As per usual, the Oscar nominations gave us some unexpected results. Let’s dive in.




Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s personal tale of a domestic worker living through political turmoil in Mexico, came out with a total of ten nominations. While it was widely thought that Roma would receive nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Foreign Language Film, it exceeded expectations by garnering nominations for Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (Marina De Tavira). Aparicio is the first indigenous person to receive a Best Actress nomination in the history of the Oscars.

Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate

Willem Dafoe picked up a surprise Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate.  Critics has praised Dafoe’s performance, but this film has been well under the radar. The first most people heard about it was when Dafoe was nominated for a Golden Globe.  However, Dafoe prevailed proving that being a strong part of a small film is a lucky niche for him (see last year’s The Florida Project).

Sam Elliott in A Star is Born

If you look at my predictions from yesterday, you will see that I did say that one of the nominees could be Sam Elliott for his work in A Star is Born.  I didn’t really think it would happen, though.  This is the 74 year-old’s first nomination.  On a personal note, my mother was overjoyed to hear about this nomination.  I am pretty sure I heard her “woohoo”.




Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy

The biggest snub this year, in my opini on, was Timothee Chalamet as Best Supporting Actor for Beautiful Boy.  He has received nominations from every major pre-Oscar award this year, but he somehow failed to get a second nomination.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington has gained a lot of attention since BlacKkKlansman came out last summer.  He received nominations for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, so it wasn’t a stretch to think he would follow in his father’s footsteps (his dad is Denzel Washington) and become an Oscar nominee.  Unfortunately, it was not to be.

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Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

Why can’t Emily Blunt catch a break?? For years she has teetered on the edge of receiving an Oscar nomination.  From her breakthrough role in The Devil Wears Prada to the historical drama Young Victoria, she has been heralded by critics and received award nominations galore. But she just cannot crack the Oscar’s code.  She gave two great performances this year in Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place, but she did not receive a nomination.

What do you think?  Were you surprised by Black Panther’s Best Picture nomination?  Amazed that Netflix just released a Best Picture nominee (Roma)? Hoping that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will show up at the ceremony?  Let us know in the comments below!

–Ariadne Ansbro

Full List below:

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Green Book

Best Picture
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best 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?

Marina de Tavira in Roma

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Marina de Tavira, Roma
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actor
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

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Pawel Pawlikowski directing Cold War

Best Director
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Adam McKay, Vice

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First Reformed

Best Original Screenplay
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Green Book (Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Vice (Adam McKay)

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and 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 and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters)

never look back
Never Look Away

Best Cinematography
Łukasz Żal, Cold War
Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born

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Black Panther

Best Production Design
Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns

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The Favourite

Best Costume Design
Mary Zophres, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Ruth Carter, Black Panther
Sandy Powell, The Favourite
Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns
Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

 Mary Queen of Scots

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Border (Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer)
Mary Queen of Scots (Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks)
Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney)

Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs

Best Original Score
Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther
Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs 

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Best Film Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book

A Quiet Place

Best Sound Editing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place

A Star is Born

Best Sound Mixing
Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Star Is Born

Christopher Robin

Best Visual Effects
Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Best Foreign-Language Film
Cold War
Never Look Away


Best Documentary Feature
Free Solo
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons

Period. End of Sentence.

Best Documentary Short Subject
Black Sheep
End Game
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

late afternoon
Late Afternoon

Best Animated Short Film
Animal Behaviour
Late Afternoon
One Small Step


Best Live-Action Short Film




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