Roma, The Favourite Lead 2019 Oscars Nominations

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Vanessa Obioha

2019 is starting on a good note for the online streaming giant Netflix as its movie ‘Roma’ fetched the platform its first Big Picture nod. With only eight nominees in this category, Roma will be competing with Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, A Star is Born, Vice and Green Book. The Alfonso Cuarón’s movie about life in Mexico in the 1970s also clinched 10 nominations including a nod for Cuaron’s direction, cinematography and Best Actress in a Leading role for Yalitza Aparicio.

Roma has a tie with The Favourite, a comedy-drama which examines the relationship between two cousins vying to be court favourites of Queen Anne — the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland in the 18th century. The Favourite is also nominated in Best Picture, Best Leading Actress, and Best Directing categories including Best Supporting Actress where two of its stars Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are nominated.

A Star is Born which was highly touted to fetch the most nods only had eight nominations: Best Picture, Best Leading Actress for Lady Gaga, Best Leading Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Original Song for Shallow, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliot. Bradley Cooper failed to clinch a nod in Beat Directing.

The Marvel/Disney film of 2018 Black Panther also fared well, fetching seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Original Song. It also marked a first for action thrillers to be nominated in the Best Picture category.

Vice also took received seven nominations including a directing nod for Adam McKay and Best Leading Actor for Christian Bale.

The nomination which was streamed live in YouTube was hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross. The 91st Academy Awards will hold on February 24. The Academy is yet to find a host.

Other nominees include If Beale Street Could Talk, First Man, Avengers: Infinity War, Mary, Queen of Scots and Ready Player One.