Academy Awards

Oscars 2019: A season of firsts

Netflix, Spike Lee and a superhero movie are those reaping benefits as the Oscar nominations bestow favor in new directions in 2019.
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s intimate personal story “Roma” and the regal catfight “The Favourite” lead the overall nominations with 10 nods each. Marvel's "Black Panther" earned four nominations, including best picture, while "A Star Is Born" grabbed eight but failed to find favor for Bradley Cooper in the best director category.
Meanwhile, the unevenly reviewed biopics "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Vice" prove that critics don't always know best, landing major nominations including best picture.

Here are the Oscar nominations

List of the 2019 Academy Awards nominees

The list of the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards include fan favorites, dubious choices and more than a little star power.

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