Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The wait is over, film lovers.

Here's a pleasant surprise: Alfonso Cuarón's gorgeous black-and-white drama Roma has always been an awards season frontrunner, but most of the attention has focused on Cuarón (who scored nods for best original screenplay, best director, and best cinematography, as well as best picture and best foreign language film).

Despite the overwhelming popularity of comic book movies, they had previously been shunned from Hollywood's top honor to the consternation of some industry insiders. And in this year's slate of nominees, music-themed movies did very well.

Oh, and Black Panther is a genuine Oscar contender with seven nominations in total, including Best Picture.

The point in awards season where film fans go from arguing about who should be nominated to who should've been nominated.

Congratulations to "BlacKkKlansman" director Spike Lee for earning his first-ever Oscar nomination and to Washington's co-star Adam Driver for picking up a nom in the Supporting Actor category. However, it was a bit shocking-almost offensively so-to see Bradley Cooper missing from that list for A Star Is Born.

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Big names like Bradley Cooper and acclaimed films like "If Beale Street Could Talk" came up short in categories like best directing and best picture.

On the screenplay side, only two female writers were nominated, including filmmaker Nicole Holofcener for her work on "Can You Ever Forgive Me?". It's also amusing to look back and remember that although we ended up with a whopping nine major theatrical superhero movies, we nearly had eleven. Kathryn Bigelow remains the first and only woman to win the best director's award, for The Hurt Locker in 2010. Good luck to Spike Lee! However, his very timely BlacKkKlansman proved it had the winning recipe.

The black and white film snatched up nods for best supporting actress, best foreign film and a swirl of other nominations. Schrader's script is fully deserving of its recognition for Best Original Screenplay, even if the category still feels like the Academy's best chance to reward The Favourite, which might struggle to break through elsewhere.

The nominations will be announced on Tuesday starting at 5:20 am Pacific time (1320 GMT).

A Star is Born is also up for best picture. This film in many ways, in my life, has been a before and after. The film, set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, also achieved a groundbreaking degree of representation for a blockbuster movie, both in front of the camera and "below the line" (its nominations included a third costume design nod for Ruth E. Carter and the first production design nod for Hannah Beachler).

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