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Oscar statuettes are displayed at Times Square Studios 23 January 2006 in New York. The statuettes will be presented to winners of the 78th Academy Awards 05 March 2006 in Hollywood.

91st Oscar Nominations Are Here!

In a year of on-going contentiousness within Hollywood, the Academy Awards is continuing that trend by being controversial. The “documentary feature” category, which has always been mired in debate, once again missed the mark by not nominating Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a beloved favorite of fans and critics alike. But, even more decisive was the decision to leave out John David Washington as Best Actor in BlackKklansman (which received five total nominations) but to include Adam Driver from the same movie in the Best Supporting Actor category. Washington is black, Driver is white. BlackKklansman also made news, this time for the positive call to nominate filmmaker Spike Lee for Best Director. Even though Lee has an honorary Oscar, he has never even been nominated in the Best Director category before.

Many people call out Bradley Cooper for not getting nominated as Best Director, instead Best Actor only. Well, coming from an 1980s and 1990s-era where actor/directors were winning way too many Oscars while established directors like Martin Scorsese (who finally won in 2007 for The Departed) sat around and waited, I cannot feel bad for Mr. Cooper.

Did Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner really, truly deserve their awards or did they win because their films were popular and well-loved by audiences?
Clint Eastwood has become an exceptional actor-director (Unforgiven is very much worthy of his Best Director honor), but that did not happen overnight for him. He had to earn it.

So, saying that, maybe Bradley Cooper could direct a few more pictures and get a little more credibility under his belt before we shove a Best Director award at him.

But, like morals and sometimes sense, Hollywood often lacks patience.

 

For a complete list of all nomination categories, click here.

 

Best Picture:

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born
Vice

Director:

Spike Lee — BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski — Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos — The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón — Roma
Adam McKay — Vice

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale — Vice
Bradley Cooper — A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe — At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek — Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen — Green Book

Lead Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio — Roma
Glenn Close — The Wife
Olivia Colman — The Favourite
Lady Gaga — A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy — Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali — Green Book
Adam Driver — BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott — A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant — Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell — Vice

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams — Vice
Marina de Tavira — Roma
Regina King — If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone — The Favourite
Rachel Weisz —
The Favourite

Adapted Screenplay:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Original Screenplay:

The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

Best Documentary Feature:

Free Solo
Hale County This Morning This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

Best Foreign Language Film:

Capernaum (Lebanon)
Cold War (Poland)
Never Look Away (Germany)
Roma (Mexico)
Shoplifters (Japan)

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