Glam, Glitz, Glitter - OSCAR Awards Season Begins with Nominees Announcements

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a western-comedy, from Joel and Ethan Cohen launched a surprise appearance at the 91st Academy Awards announcements, nailing three nominations in what was considered the battle between favorites A Star is Born and Roma.

Announced at 5:30am PT the nominations held few surprises as the expected frontrunners in each of the top four talent categories continued to receive the accolades of their peers.

The Favourite and Roma each earned tennominations, A Star is Born and Vice earned eight. Black Panther received seven nominations. BlacKkKlansmen was honored with six nominations and Bohemian Rapsody and Green Book both earned five nonimations.


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Leading actress favorite Glenn Close secured her seventh career nomination for her performance as long-suffering prolific writer Joan Castleman in The Wife. Willem Dafoe secured his fourth nomination for his performance of Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman has become his most critically acclaimed film and academy voters recognized the film with six nominations including a supporting actor nomination for Adam Driver, Achievement in Directing for Lee, along with picture of the year, film editing, original score and adapted screenplay.


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Frontrunner A Star is Born continued to woo the voters securing eight nominations with acting nods going to Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, and Sam Elliot. The film was also nominated for Best Picture as well as technical nods including cinematography, original song, sound mixing and adapted screenplay.

Green Book, which has just come off winning the coveted Producer's Guild Award, continued to drive its soul into the hearts of the voters securing five nominations including performance nods for both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. The feel good film also secured a Best Picture nod and film editing and original screenplay.


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Roma, from Director Alfonso Cuaron, which has been one of the most critically honored films of the year, secured ten nominations including two talent nods for first time actress Yalitza Aparicioa and a surprise supporting nomination for actress Marine de Tavira.

Cuaron also received a directing nomination and scored a double shot as the film was nomainted for Best Picture and Foreign Language Film.


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The film, as expected, also secured technical nominations in cinematography, production design, sound editing and sound mixing and original screenplay.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the bio-pic on Queen’s lead singer, the audacious Freddie Mercury, scored five nominations including a talent nod for Rami Malek as well as best picture, sound editing, sound mixing and film editing.


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Vice, the bio-pic of the rise of George W. Bush Vice President Dick Chaney, scored eight nominations including three talent nods for lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Amy Adams, and a surprise nod in the supporting category for 2018 Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell. Vice also scored best picture and a director nod for Adam McKay. The film also scored technical nominations in film editing, make-up and hairstyling and original screenplay.

The Favourite, proved to be worthy of its name securing ten nominations including talent nods for leading Actress Olivia Coleman, and supporting talent Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz and Directing for Yorgos Lanthimos. The Favourite was also nominated for best picture and original screenplay. Technical nominations include cinematography, costume design, film editing and production design.

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the bio-pic on down on her luck New York writer Lee Israel, scored three nominations with talent Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant securing performance nods and the film also scored an adapted screenplay nomination.


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If Beale Street Could Talk secured three nominations for award favorite Regina King, original score and adapted screenplay.

Black Panther, the ninth highest grossing film of all time, secured a surprise seven nominations dominating the technical achievements with nods in sound editing, sound mixing, costume design, production design, original score, original song and picture of the year.

Cold War also secured three nominations with a surprise nomination for Director Pawel Pawlikowski in the directing category. The film was also nominated for Foreign Language Film of the Year and cinematography.

Best Animated Film nominees are Incredibles 2 Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle Isle of Dogs Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Mirai Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito, Ralph Breaks the Internet Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.


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Rounding out the nominees for best foreign language film including Cold War and Roma are Lebanon’s Capernaum, Germany’s, Never Look Away, and Japan’s Shoplifters.

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

91st Annual Academy Awards® Oscar® Nominations Fact Sheet

Best Motion Picture of the Year:

Black Panther (Walt Disney) - Kevin Feige, producer - This is his first nomination.

BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) - Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, producers - This is the second Best Picture nomination for both Sean McKittrick and Jordan Peele, who were nominated last year for Get Out. This is the third Best Picture nomination for Jason Blum, who was nominated for Whiplash (2014) and last year's Get Out. This is the first Best Picture nomination for both Raymond Mansfield and Spike Lee.


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Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox) - Graham King, producer - This is his fourth Best Picture nomination. 

The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) - Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, producers - This is the first Best Picture nomination for Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos. This is the second Best Picture nomination for Ed Guiney, who was nominated in 2015 for Room.

Green Book (Universal) - Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, producers - This is the second Best Picture nomination for Jim Burke, who was previously nominated for The Descendants (2011). This is the first Best Picture nomination for Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga.

Roma (Netflix) - Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, producers - This is the first nomination for Gabriela RodrígueThis is the second Best Picture nomination for Alfonso Cuarón, who was nominated in 2013 for Gravity.

A Star Is Born (Warner Bros.) - Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, producers - This is the first nomination for both Bill Gerber and Lynette Howell Taylor.   This is the second Best Picture nomination for Bradley Cooper, who was nominated in 2014 for American Sniper.

Vice (Annapurna Pictures) - Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, producers - This is the sixth Best Picture nomination for Dede Gardner and the fifth for Jeremy Kleiner. Together, they won the award for 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Moonlight (2016), and shared nominations for Selma (2014) and The Big Short (2015). Gardner was previously nominated for The Tree of Life (2011). This is the first Best Picture nomination for both Adam McKay and Kevin Messick.      

Achievement in Directing:

BlacKkKlansman - Spike Lee - This is his first nomination in this category and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations this year. Lee was the recipient of an Honorary Award in 2015.

Cold War - Paweł Pawlikowski - This is his first nomination.

The Favourite - Yorgos Lanthimos - This is his first nomination in this category and his third overall, including his Best Picture nomination this year. He was previously nominated for the original screenplay for The Lobster (2016).


 

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Roma - Alfonso Cuarón - This is his second nomination in this category and his tenth overall, including his Best Picture, Cinematography and Original Screenplay nominations this year. He was nominated for the original screenplay for Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and in the Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay categories for Children of Men (2006). In 2013 he won Oscars in the Directing and Film Editing categories for Gravity, for which he also received a Best Picture nomination.

Vice - Adam McKay - This is his second nomination in this category and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Original Screenplay nominations this year. He won for the adapted screenplay for The Big Short (2015), for which he was also nominated for Directing.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:

Christian Bale ("Dick Cheney" in Vice) - This is his fourth nomination and second in this category. He won the award in 2010 for his supporting role in The Fighter.

Bradley Cooper ("Jack" in A Star Is Born) - This is his third nomination in this category and his seventh overall, including his Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay nominations this year.

Willem Dafoe ("Vincent Van Gogh" in At Eternity's Gate) - This is his fourth nomination and first in this category.

Rami Malek ("Freddie Mercury" in Bohemian Rhapsody) - This is his first nomination.

Viggo Mortensen ("Tony Lip" in Green Book) - This is his third nomination in this category.

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

Mahershala Ali ("Dr. Donald Shirley" in Green Book) - This is his second nomination in this category. He won the award in 2016 for his performance in Moonlight.

Adam Driver ("Flip Zimmerman" in BlacKkKlansman) - This is his first nomination.

Sam Elliott ("Bobby" in A Star Is Born) - This is his first nomination.


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Richard E. Grant ("Jack Hock" in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) - This is his first nomination.

Sam Rockwell ("George W. Bush" in Vice) - This is his second nomination in this category. He won the award last year for his performance in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.          

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:

Yalitza Aparicio ("Cleo" in Roma) - This is her first nomination.

Glenn Close ("Joan Castleman" in The Wife) - This is her seventh nomination and fourth in this category.

Olivia Colman ("Queen Anne" in The Favourite) - This is her first nomination.

Lady Gaga ("Ally" in A Star Is Born) - This is her first nomination in this category and her third overall, including her Original Song nomination this year. She was nominated in the Original Song category for The Hunting Ground (2015).

Melissa McCarthy ("Lee Israel" in Can You Ever Forgive Me?) - This is her second nomination and first in this category. She was nominated for her supporting role in Bridesmaids (2011).

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

Amy Adams ("Lynne Cheney" in Vice) - This is her sixth nomination and fifth in this category.

Marina de Tavira ("Sra. Sofia" in Roma) - This is her first nomination.

Regina King ("Sharon Rivers" in If Beale Street Could Talk) - This is her first nomination.

Emma Stone ("Abigail" in The Favourite) - This is her third nomination and second in this category. She won the award in 2016 for her leading role in La La Land. She was also nominated for her supporting role in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014).

Rachel Weisz ("Lady Sarah" in The Favourite) - This is her second nomination in this category. She won the award in 2005 for The Constant Gardener.

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen ("All Gold Canyon" is based on a story by Jack London; "The Gal Who Got Rattled" is inspired by a story by Stewart Edward White). - This is the seventh Writing nomination for both Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

In 2007, they won Oscars in the Best Picture, Directing and Adapted Screenplay categories for No Country for Old Men. They previously won Oscars for writing Fargo (1996). Joel and Ethan Coen have also been nominated for Film Editing under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes, for Fargo and No Country for Old Men.

BlacKkKlansman - Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (based on the book by Ron Stallworth). - This is the first nomination for Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott. This is the second Writing nomination for Spike Lee and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Directing nominations this year. Lee was the recipient of an Honorary Award in 2015.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (based on the book by Lee Israel). - This is the first nomination for both.

If Beale Street Could Talk - Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins (based on the book by James Baldwin). - This is his third nomination and second in this category. He won the award in 2016 for the adapted screenplay for Moonlight, for which he also received a Directing nomination.

A Star Is Born - Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson; based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson). - This is the fifth nomination for Eric Roth. He won the award for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump (1994).

This is the first nomination in this category for Bradley Cooper and his seventh overall. This is the first nomination for Will Fetters.

Original Screenplay:

The Favourite - Written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara. - This is the first nomination for both.

First Reformed - Written by Paul Schrader. - This is his first nomination.

Green Book - Written by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly. - This is the first nomination in this category for all three. They are also nominated in the Best Picture category this year

Roma - Written by Alfonso Cuarón. - This is his third nomination for Writing and his tenth overall, including his Best Picture, Cinematography and Directing nominations this year. In 2013 he won Oscars in the Directing and Film Editing categories for Gravity, for which he also received a Best Picture nomination.

Vice - Written by Adam McKay. - This is his second nomination for Writing and his fifth overall, including his Best Picture and Directing nominations this year. He won for the adapted screenplay for The Big Short (2015), for which he was also nominated for Directing.

Best Foreign Language Film:

Capernaum (Lebanon) [Directed by Nadine Labaki.] - This is the second nomination for Lebanon. Its previous nomination was for last year's The Insult.

Cold War (Poland) [Directed by Paweł Pawlikowski.] - This is the eleventh nomination for Poland.

Never Look Away (Germany) [Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.] - This is the eleventh nomination for Germany. Prior to reunification in 1990, the Federal Republic of Germany received a total of eight nominations. Also prior to reunification, the German Democratic Republic received one nomination.

Roma (Mexico) [Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.] - This is the ninth nomination for Mexico.

Shoplifters (Japan) [Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.] - This is the thirteenth nomination for Japan. Prior to the establishment of the award category, Japan received three Honorary Foreign Language Film Awards.

Best Animated Feature Film:

Incredibles 2 (Walt Disney) - Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle - This is the fifth nomination and third in this category for Brad Bird. He won Oscars for the animated feature films The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007), and was also nominated for the original screenplays for both films. This is the first nomination for John Walker. This the second nomination and first in this category for Nicole Paradis Grindle. 

Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight) - Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson - This is the seventh nomination and second in this category for Wes Anderson. This is the second nomination and first in this category for both Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, who were nominated in the Best Picture category for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). This is the tenth nomination and first in this category for Scott Rudin, who won the Best Picture award in 2007 for No Country for Old Men.

Mirai (GKIDS) - Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito - This is the first nomination for both.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Walt Disney) - Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer - This is the third nomination in this category for Rich Moore and the second for Clark Spencer. This is the first nomination for Phil Johnston.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures Releasing) - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller - This is the first nomination for all five.

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