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Roma leads 2019 Oscars nominations with 10 nods – full list revealed

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Leading into the Hollywood awards season at the end of last year, it was pretty clear who the big dogs were. And then suddenly they weren’t. Thanks to some very surprising nominations and wins in the Golden Globes earlier in the month, pundits were thrown into disarray as Alfonso Cuaron’s explosive Roma received only a small handful of nods and a seemingly sure-fire critical hit like A Star is Born got completely shut out. All while critically divisive fare like Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody got the spotlight… and Marvel’s Black Panther got a Best Motion Picture – Drama nomination at the Globes. Who saw that last part coming?! 

With the Producers Guild Awards over this weekend past though, things were starting to settle down as a pattern started emerging. Not the pattern we were expecting but a pattern nonetheless as Green Book surged ahead as the awards favourite. But now it’s time for the awards show, the Oscars, and will the comedy-drama also be as popular with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

Well, no. The nominations for the granddaddy of Hollywood awards shows was just announced and it would appear that we were right in the first place as Roma has received a ton of praise from the Academy with 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language film, Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron, Best Actress, and Best Supporting actress among others. A Star is Born was nipping close on its heels with 8 nods, including Best Picture, Best Lead Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Lead Actress for Lady Gaga, and Best Original Song for “Shallow” (which is about as safe a bet for winning as there has ever been). However, there were two surprises, one pleasant and one not. The latter is the snubbing of Cooper for Best Director as many (read: me) believed the actor’s first turn behind the camera was revelationary. There was a little compensation though as Sam Elliot’s brilliant turn as Cooper’s brother, otherwise ignored by the other shows got some honour with a Best Supporting Actor nod.

Running equal with A Star is Born’s 8 nominations is Adam McKay’s fantastic Dick Cheney comedy/drama biopic Vice, which sees Christian Bale’s transformative performance of the controversial ex-US Vice President being a big favourite. Oh and we can now officially also congratulate Marvel on getting its first ever Best Picture nomination with Black Panther
(the first superhero movie to ever do so) which exceeded expectations with 7 nods. While many of us loved the superhero film to bits here, and think it definitely deserves plenty of plaudits, we don’t think it should have got a Best Picture nomination though. The chances of it actually winning are very slim.

As for Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, the surprising contenders in other awards shows, they both ended up with a 5 nominations each.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“A Star Is Born”

Best Lead Actor:

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

Best Lead 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?”

Best Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”
Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

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

Best Director:

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

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, 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, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay


“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film:
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)
“Cold War” (Poland)
“Never Look Away” (Germany)
“Roma” (Mexico)
“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Makeup and Hair:

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Costume Design:

“Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

This year’s Oscar ceremony will take place in the US on Sunday, 24 February at 5pm (so early Monday morning for us), but it will be a weird one. Last year comedian Kevin Hart exited as host after refusing to apologize for controversial old tweets of his that had resurfaced and for which he insisted he’s made amends for several times already in the past. Although the controversy would eventually calm down, Hart passed on taking back his job. After some scrambling for a replacement, it was eventually decided to have a host-less ceremony. We’ll have to see how that all plays out next month.

Last Updated: January 23, 2019


  1. I feel Black Panther was nominated for best picture ONLY based on “cultural/social significance” rather than the normal criteria. Expect it to NOT win that category, but get at least one “consolation” prize elsewhere. Loved the movie (in my top 4 Marvel movies), but not “best picture” material.


    • Kapitan Balalaika

      January 22, 2019 at 17:27

      That’s exactly right. I’d like it to not win anything cause of the different criteria it was nominated on.


    • HvR

      January 22, 2019 at 17:54

      Apparently this is the once a decade shift in Oscar “theme” from indie films the academy members themselves will not watch or make to blockbusters with a political theme.
      This came out before the nominations announcement and the guy was spot on.

      Actual winner will be determined who runs the best “political” campaign, both as pro their own movie and whisper smear campaigns.



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