Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross announced this year's Academy Awards nominations bright and early on Tuesday morning, and although many nods seemed like a foregone conclusion - like the domination of Roma, the love for the ladies of The Favourite, the inevitable song nomination for A Star Is Born's "Shallow" - others came as a surprise.
In all, the Netflix film received 10 nominations - tied with "The Favourite" for most nominations this year.
Last year, Amazon beat Netflix to become the first streaming service to be nominated for a best picture Oscar nod, for Manchester by the Sea. Will "Roma" be Netflix´s first contender for the Academy´s top prizes? And Roma and The Favourite led the way with ten nominations apiece, and both of those movies only feature men in supporting roles, so this is maybe the first time the Oscar leaders are women's narratives.
Besides Cooper and Chalamet, the biggest snub of Oscar nomination morning may well have been Fred Rodgers. De Tavira was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the acclaimed black and white film. The last time a superhero movie generated so much buzz at the Oscars was back in 2009 when Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his brilliant performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Some several minutes later, her co-star Yalitza Aparicio, as the family's maid, Cleo, was nominated for Best Actress.
A more popular roster of nominees would give ABC a promotable hook - especially in the absence of a big-name host - and likely quell the "popular film" chatter, if only temporarily. This will be a quiet Oscar night for her indeed. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs scored three surprise nominations, so Roma is not a one-off, and Netflix racked up thirteen total nominations, including their first Best Picture nod.
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For many pundits, the thousands of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are at a crossroads: do they go with Cuaron´s auteur masterpiece, or a quality crowd-pleaser that raked in oodles of money?
By all accounts, with many stars reportedly unwilling to grasp the poisoned chalice, the Academy has opted to go forward without a host. She remains the only black woman to receive the honor.
In the realm of snubs, none stung quite so loudly as Bradley Cooper failing to show up on the Best Director list.
Along with "Roma" and "The Favourite", the nominees for best picture are: "A Star Is Born", "Green Book", "Black Panther", "BlacKkKlansman", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Vice". Will "A Star Is Born" rebound from a thumping at the Golden Globes?