The Academy got most Oscar Nominations right

The Academy got most Oscar Nominations right

The 2019 Oscars nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, and, as per tradition, movie fans were left feeling both pleasantly shocked and woefully disappointed. Alfonso Cuaron landed four nominations himself (producer, director, writer, cinematographer), which puts him in company with Warren Beatty, the Coen Brothers, and Alan Menken for most-nominated individual for a single film. After making a concerted effort this year towards campaigning - including a push into theatrical distribution that Netflix had previously eschewed - it paid off with Netflix's first Best Picture and Best Director nominations. In getting a Best Director nod without a corresponding Best Picture nomination, Cold War joins the 2014 Bennett Miller film Foxcatcher as the only two films in the expanded Best Picture era to pull that off. The Favourite, Vice, Green Book and Black Panther all have a solid chance at landing multiple nominations as well in a very competitive year.

Besides Cooper and Chalamet, the biggest snub of Oscar nomination morning may well have been Fred Rodgers.

Sometimes, a little money - well, maybe a lot of money - can go a long way.Netflix has spent billions of dollars acquiring and producing content, and hundreds of millions more promoting those movies and series. The historic nomination marks the first time a Latina has been nominated for Best Actress in 14 years.


Cuarón gave an impassioned defense of Netflix after being asked in the Golden Globes press room about the streamer - which does screen some of its films in theaters before or in conjunction with release on its platform - being seen as the so-called death of traditional independent cinema.

The nominees for best supporting actress are Amy Adams ("Vice"), Marina De Tavira ("Roma"), Regina King ("If Beale Street Could Talk"), Emma Stone ("The Favourite") and Rachel Weisz ("The Favourite").

Civil rights dramedy and surprise three-time Globes victor "Green Book" moved up in the conversation over the weekend when it won best film at the Producers Guild of America awards.


And the most outstanding snubs and surprises go to... The limitations of her role can't stand up to the expansiveness of those other parts, and more and more it looks like First Man will be dinged forever for stranding such a talented actress in such a small, conventional part (Damien Chazelle can't write women well, perhaps he should consider collaborating with more women).

Spike Lee was nominated for his first directing Oscar 30 years after a writing nod for 1989's "Do the Right Thing".

In the top category of Best Picture, the nominees are BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice. A star is born, indeed.


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