‘The Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 2019 Oscar nominations

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Nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were unveiled today (Tuesday 22nd January) by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani, with Netflix’ Roma and black-comedy The Favourite leading with ten nominations each.

Following a win at the Golden Globes, black-and-white Spanish drama, Roma, is expected to take home the Best Picture trophy, as is its director Alfonso Cuarón, who also nabbed screenplay and cinematography nominations. This marks Netflix’ first major Oscar nomination following last year’s win for Best Documentary with Icarus.

The Favourite saw its three leading ladies – Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz – nominated, although Glen Close (The Wife) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) are likely to pip the royal trio in their respective categories. Lady Gaga also became a double Oscar nominee for her acting and vocal work in A Star is Born, which tallied seven nominations in total.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther became the first comic book movie to land in the Best Picture race, following historical snubs for The Dark Knight. The ninth-highest grossing movie of all time will compete against Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born (with Cooper controversially missing for director) and Green Book, which has been heavily criticised for its racial politics. Although, Mahershala Ali is widely tipped to take home his second Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirely in the film (Ali previously won for Moonlight).

As ever, the Academy sidestepped some critical favourites with Eight Grade, Hereditary, Widows, Leave No Trace and The Rider left empty-handed. Despite Greta Gerwig’s 2018 nomination, no female director cracked the top five this year, with the Academy instead handing first time nominations to Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski and Yorgos Lanthimos.

Scroll below for the full list of nominees, competing across 24 categories.

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First-time actress Yalitza Aparicio was one of Roma’s ten nominations. Credit: Fronteras

Best Picture

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star Is Born


Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio – Roma

Glenn Close – The Wife

Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale – Vice

Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

[‘Uncanny performances and a sublime soundtrack’ – Read Brig’s★★★★ review of Bohemian Rhapsody here]


Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite

Alfonso Cuarón – Roma

Adam McKay – Vice

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

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

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Bradley Cooper picked up three nominations for his directorial debut, A Star is Born. Credit: Today Show

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

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

Costume Design

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

[‘A run-of-the-mill period drama whose desperation for an Academy Award is unashamedly blatant’ – Brig’s Mary Queen of Scots consensus, which you can read here]

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito

The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Vice – Hank Corwin

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Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice. Credit: Roger Ebert

Foreign Language Film

Capernaum (Lebanon)

Cold War (Poland)

Never Look Away (Germany)

Roma (Mexico)

Shoplifters (Japan)

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

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

Animated Feature Film

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 Film

Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden, David Fine

Bao – Domee Shi

Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall

One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Live Action Short Film

Detainment – Vincent Lambe

Fauve – Jeremy Comte

Marguerite – Marianne Farley

Mother – Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Skin – Guy Nattiv

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Nominated for seven Oscars, Black Panther. Credit: CineSocialUK

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 – Black Panther by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

I’ll Fight – RBG by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson

The Place Where Lost Things Go – Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Shallow – A Star Is Born by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice

When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War – Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick

Christopher Robin – Christopher Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, Chris Corbould

First Man – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, J.D. Schwalm

Ready Player One – Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, David Shirk

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy

Makeup and Hairstyling

Border – Göran Lundström, Pamela Goldammer

Mary Queen of Scots – Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Jessica Brooks

Vice – Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, Patricia DeHaney

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 – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Peter Devlin

Bohemian Rhapsody – Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin, ohn Casali

First Man – Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee, Mary H. Ellis

Roma – Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, José Antonio García

A Star Is Born – Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder, Steve Morrow

To see who takes home a statue, tune in to the Oscar’s live on Sunday 24th February on Sky Cinema.

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