Black Panther Just Made History With the 2019 Oscar Nominations

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Yesterday, Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani revealed the 91st Academy Award nominations live on The Favourite and Roma lead the 2019 Oscar nominations with 10 each. Black Panther, A Star Is Born, and Vice are close behind with eight each, including a nomination for Best Picture. Despite the controversy after their Golden Globes wins, Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody also appear in the Best Picture category. Meanwhile, BlacKkKlansman is nominated for six awards, with nods in Best Picture and Best Director for Spike Lee.

The directing category—which includes Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Adam McKay (Vice), and Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)—has a little bit of a shock by cutting out Bradley Cooper, who was a favorite for the award.

If Beale Street Could Talk is another film snubbed at the 2019 Oscars, where it only picked up three nominations, one of which is a much-deserved Best Supporting Actress nod for Regina King.

Perhaps the biggest story out of this list of nominations is Black Panther being the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture. This nomination comes 10 years after Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight sparked a major change in the Academy Awards. After that film was robbed of a Best Picture nomination in 2008, the Academy increased the number of possible nominees for Best Picture from five to 10.

Roma is another success story from this year, which marked Netflix's first-ever nomination for Best Picture. Beyond that, the film was nominated in both Best Picture and Foreign Language Film categories with nods for first time actress Yalitza Aparicio and another Best Director nomination for Alfonso Cuaron.


Once again, The Favourite lands in an interesting position, with both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone nominated for Best Supporting Actress awards and Olivia Colman nominated for Best Actress.

Perhaps the most disappointing major category this year is Best Actor, which sadly snubbed Ethan Hawke and Stephan James. Michael B. Jordan's compelling performance in Black Panther also failed to earn him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Once again, the Academy failed to nominate a woman in the Best Director category. Only five women have ever been nominated in this category, and Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman to win the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

Also, notably, Paddington 2 was snubbed entirely. See the full list of 2019 Oscar nominees below:

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

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

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?)

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)

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)

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

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

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

Best Animated Short
Animal Behaviour
Late Afternoon
One Small Step

Best Live-Action Short

Best Film Editing
BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito)
Vice (Hank Corwin)

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

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

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

Best Foreign-Language Film
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Production Design
Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

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

Best Cinematography
The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Mary Queen of Scots

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)
If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)


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

Best Original Song
"All the Stars" (Black Panther, written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith)
Performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

"I'll Fight" (RBG, written by Diane Warren)
Performed by Jennifer Hudson

"The Place Where Lost Things Go" (Mary Poppins Returns, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman)
Performed by Emily Blunt

"Shallow" (A Star Is Born, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt)
Performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch)
Performed by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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