Roma and The Favourite led the Oscar nominations with 10 apiece as the Academy Awards unfurled their shortlist Tuesday morning, with Best Picture recognition for A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, Black Panther, Vice, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Some surprising snubs abounded in a race that never quite settled on an obvious front-runner: Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) and Peter Farrelly (Green Book) missed out on crucial Best Director nods, and stars such as Emily Blunt, Timothée Chalamet, and Ethan Hawke were overlooked in the expected acting categories. But there were multiple industry milestones, including Roma becoming the first Netflix film to get a Best Picture nomination and Black Panther becoming the first comic-book movie to do so.
An unsettled and politically charged awards season has, for the past few years, been the name of the game at the Oscars. But even by those standards, the 2019 nominee list is the product of a tumultuous campaign that often seemed to reckon with the future of Hollywood, be it the disruptive power of Netflix, the enduring but increasingly out-of-date appeal of “prestige” films like Green Book, and the Academy’s own anxieties about its declining influence. A misguided attempt at establishing a “popular film” award has been set aside for now; the question of who, if anyone, will host the February 24 ceremony remains unanswered after Kevin Hart was hired and then stepped down over a history of homophobic tweets.