“Roma” and “The Favourite” were the favorites when the 2019 Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, January 22. Both received 10 nominations, more than any other film. Check out the complete list of contenders here.
“The Favourite,” an offbeat historical comedy about the reign of Queen Anne (Best Actress nominee Olivia Colman) and the two women battling for her affections (Best Supporting Actress contenders Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) was also the top nominee at the Critics’ Choice and BAFTA Awards thanks to its performances and lavish period production values. Its Oscar nominations also include Best Director (Yorgos Lanthimos), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. Those categories are often crucial indicators of a potential Best Picture winner.
Meanwhile, “Roma” marks a major Oscar breakthrough for Netflix. After the streaming service made an impact last year with four nominations for “Mudbound” and a Best Documentary Feature win for “Icarus,” it’s now a first-time contender for Best Picture. It’s also up for Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) and Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira). The intimate black-and-white drama inspired by the Cuaron’s childhood memories also makes history as the first Spanish-language film ever nominated for the top award. And if it wins Best Foreign Language Film it would be the first Mexican film ever to do so.
The divisive political satire “Vice” is next in line with eight noms including Best Picture, Best Director (Adam McKay), Best Original Screenplay and a trio of acting bids for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell.
“A Star is Born” also has eight nominations including Best Picture and acting bids for its stars Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. Cooper also earned nominations for producing and co-writing the film, but he was snubbed from Best Director despite nominations from the Golden Globe, Directors Guild and BAFTA Awards.
The Marvel Comics blockbuster “Black Panther” received seven nominations. That includes a bid for Best Picture, which makes it the first comic book superhero to contend for the top prize. But its other nominations are all in craft categories; it was completely left out of directing, writing, acting and film editing races.
Rounding out the Best Picture race are “BlacKkKlansman” (six nominations), “Green Book” (five nominations) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (five nominations). That means there are eight total films up for the top award. Other films including “First Man,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Mary Poppins Returns” were left out of the top category.