WRITTEN BY: Rickey Alford Jr.
Award season is in full effect and earlier today the Academy revealed the nominations for the 91st Oscar Academy Awards, by way of actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.
This year’s nominations acknowledged many projects from the past year, some expected and some as a surprise. The Favourite and Roma lead the nomination pack at 10 each with Roma nabbing a Best Picture nomination, being the first for a Netflix production. Also in the running for Best Picture are Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, A Star is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Vice and Black Panther. With Black Panther being the first superhero film nominations.
Black Panther garnished six other nominations while Marvel’s other works,
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Avengers: Infinity War each earned one, Best Animated Feature and Best Visual Effects, respectively.
In the Best Director category, Spike Lee lands his first Oscar nomination for BlacKkKlansman with the other nominees being Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Adam McKay for Vice and Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War. Plenty of people, including Rob Lowe, expressed their distaste via Twitter over Bradley Cooper not being nominated in this category after the success of his rendition of A Star is Born.
A Star is Born received eight nominations, one of them belonging to Lady Gaga in the Best Actress category. Alongside her are for Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Glenn Close for The Wife, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Olivia Colman for The Favourite.
A Star is Born‘s Bradley Cooper received received a Best Actor nomination as did Christian Bale for Vice, Williem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.
Along with Black Panther, Vice received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Other productions in that category are The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, and Roma.
As expected, Twitter was sent into a frenzy as ‘Oscars’ and ‘Black Panther’ are still trending. Diversity in reference to both race and gender was a topic
of discussion with support of the racial and cultural diversity present this year but also backlash for the lack of female directors being acknowledged.
Variety tweeting, “No female directors were nominated for #Oscars”. Overall, many are pleased with this year’s nominations and perhaps the Academy will listen to critiques and continue to make the nominees more diverse and inclusive in the future.
What about a host? The Academy has announced that, as of the present moment, there will be no MC for the night amongst the stars. It will be the first time in 30 years that no host will be gracing the stage. However, rumors spread that the Avengers (Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson) will be taking the lead. Whether these rumors are true or not is up for debate.
The night is sure to bring some cheers and plenty of snubs! Be sure to tune into the Oscars Sunday February 24th on ABC.