Oscars race kicks into high gear with nominations reveal

Oscars race kicks into high gear with nominations reveal

The film, directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, received total seven nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. Many had predicted that first-time performer Yalitza Aparicio might sneak the fifth slot on the Best Actress list, but nobody had called Marina de Tavira for the Best Supporting Actress slot that many had reserved for Claire Foy's work in First Man. There was a time when such a nomination might seem unthinkable, and indeed, as recently as a year ago, the Academy was floating a ridiculous "Most Popular Movie" category idea, presumably to nominate Black Panther without giving it an actual BP nom. Lady Gaga was nominated for Best Leading Actress, while Bradley Cooper scored a nomination for Best Leading Actor. Then Alfonso Cuarón's masterful Spanish-language black-and-white Netflix drama Roma somewhat dominated the critics awards, scoring Best Picture trophy after Best Picture trophy.

Despite all the prognostications and precursors, the Oscars always throw a few curveballs with its nominations.

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Denzel Washington's son John David Washington, 34, played Stallworth in the film, and Adam Driver, 35, played the white officer who posed as him in public. Spike Lee was nominated for directing.

This year, multiple controversies are plaguing the Oscars - none of them related to last year´s bombshell. Green Book has five, scoring key notices (like Film Editing) and missing others (like Best Director). Most Oscar pundits were predicting that the Mr. Rogers bio and the film about long-lost identical brothers would not just receive nominations but be strong contenders to win.

Lady Gaga in a scene from the latest reboot of "A Star is Born". "It ticks off enough boxes to make people feel okay about themselves supporting it", she said, referring to the Marvel film´s mainly black cast, black director and boffo box-office numbers. Blunt was forced to remain silent for most of the movie. Toni Collette's buzzy Hereditary performance was, as some expected, not nominated because when's the last time a horror film got any awards season love at all?

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