On January 22, the full list of Oscar nominees for the 91st Annual Academy Awards was announced.
As always, there were both snubs and surprises, but Roma and The Favourite are dominantly leading the pack in nominations. Both films have been nominated in 10 categories each.
With Roma in the running for Best Picture, Netflix has at long last scored its first nomination in this category.
In the past, there has been quite a bit of controversy over streaming services joining the Oscars fray. To be considered, films must be shown in theaters, something Netflix has no other reason to do. However, in 2014, Netflix landed their first ever nomination with the documentary feature The Square.
Since then, Netflix has received several other Oscar nominations and has even won two of them. These were The White Helmets, winner in the Documentary Short Subject category in 2017, and Icarus, 2018’s Documentary Feature winner.
This year, however, marks the first time Netflix has ever had a film in the running for Best Picture. With the Golden Globe-winning Roma, the streaming platform has quite a strong contender at that.
Worth noting, in addition to Roma’s ten nominations, Netflix has five additional nominations this year. Three are in the Costume Design, Original Song, and Adapted Screenplay categories for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Additionally, End Game and Period. End of Senrence were both nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category.
One thing that surprised many folks was that Bradley Cooper was not nominated for best director. His film A Star Is Born was, however, nominated for Best Picture.
Another astonishing snub was the lack of a nomination for the Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor.
Emily Blunt was also denied a nomination for Best Actress, despite the critical acclaim for Mary Poppins Returns. And Timothée Chalamet, despite the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, didn’t receive a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Beautiful Boy.
Additionally, no women directors were nominated at all this year for Best Director.
Snubs aside, there were several other surprises this year. For one, Black Panther is now the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture. Secondly, this is also the first time a Spike Lee joint has received a nomination in the category as well. (Yes, really.)
Of course, Netflix coming in with 15 nominations also counts a pretty major surprise as well.
The Academy Awards will be presented on February 24, at which point we’ll see how well the nominees really fare.