Netflix Goes Against The Stream With Its First Best Picture Oscar Nomination

by Dwayne Torres January 23, 2019, 1:00
Netflix Goes Against The Stream With Its First Best Picture Oscar Nomination

We finally know which films are in the running to get Oscars this year - and Black Panther has become the first superhero film to get a nomination for best picture.

"The Favourite" is leading the pack alongside Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma".

Though many expected "A Star Is Born", Bradley Cooper's tear-inducing revival of one of Hollywood's most oft-remade show-business myths, to top nominations, Cooper was surprisingly overlooked as director and the academy instead put its fullest support behind a pair of smaller films by global directors. Will "Roma" be Netflix´s first contender for the Academy´s top prizes? Cuaron was nominated for direction and cinematography, while Yalitza Aparicio was recognized for her lead performance and Marina de Tavira, who plays the family matriarch, got a supporting-actress nomination.

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.

Only a handful of women of color have been nominated for best actress.

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After disrupting television, Netflix has stirred unease in the traditional movie industry by encouraging people to skip the theater and watch films at home. (Regina King also earned a deserved nomination for Best Supporting Actress, while Nicholas Britell earned an original score nomination.) But Jenkins and Beale Street were left out of the other main categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. If he does get an acting nomination, he would most likely be pitted against Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek, who won the Golden Globe for his roll as Freddie Mercury.

It's that time of the year! With three rather unexpected nominations, the Coen brothers' anthology western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs had a great morning.

In the realm of snubs, none stung quite so loudly as Bradley Cooper failing to show up on the Best Director list.

By all accounts, with many stars reportedly unwilling to grasp the poisoned chalice, the Academy has opted to go forward without a host. The limitations of her role can't stand up to the expansiveness of those other parts, and more and more it looks like First Man will be dinged forever for stranding such a talented actress in such a small, conventional part (Damien Chazelle can't write women well, perhaps he should consider collaborating with more women).

After directing for decades, Spike Lee received his first best director nomination. It would be nice to think that both Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody aren't our problematic favorites anymore, but the reality is, though they're outstripped by The Favourite and Roma in total nominations, they're still in it.

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