The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2019 Oscar nominations

In all, the Netflix film received 10 nominations - tied with "The Favourite" for most nominations this year.

The nominations for the 91st Oscars, to be awarded February 24, also brought a milestone for Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios, whose "Black Panther" is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture. It took home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography at the Critics' Choice Awards. In 2014, "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen took home the award for best picture, but not best director. Also in that category, Regina King, who is black, received her first Oscar nomination for her performance in "If Beale Street Could Talk".

Thankfully, a friend woke up her up early this morning armed with a laptop to stream the nominations while they were announced live and a camera to catch Yalitza's reaction.

The last woman nominated in that category was Catalina Sandino Moreno for Maria Full of Grace in 2005. "Human experience is one in the same, and it's so gratifying that a black and white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world". Though the bleak film won statues for best actor and best original screenplay, it didn't cinch the best picture title - leaving the crown for first streamer to actually win a best picture Oscar unclaimed.

The nominees for Best Actor are Christian Bale (Vice), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate), Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book), while Best Actress consists of Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Glenn Close (The Wife), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), and Yalitza Aparicio (Roma).

Of course, on Oscars night, the focus will revert to the nominees, and the red carpet glamour.

Netflix also collected nominations for "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", a Coen Brothers film. The Academy went in on Netflix this year.

For many pundits, the thousands of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are at a crossroads: do they go with Cuaron´s auteur masterpiece, or a quality crowd-pleaser that raked in oodles of money? I expected it to compete in the craft categories despite losing momentum as an overall leading contender, though I am surprised it didn't get a score nomination. She remains the only black woman to receive the honor. The 2018 Oscars can do what the 1989 Oscars didn't and recognize Spike Lee as one of the best American filmmakers working today. Will "A Star Is Born" rebound from a thumping at the Golden Globes?

  • Kyle Peterson