Well, the awards season was filled with surprises, and this article is not an exception as it does include a surefire documentary winner not even being nominated, Emily Blunt being mistreated, and a total soft spot for A Star is Born. Keep scrolling down to see all these surprises and all the winners and losers from the 2019 Oscar nominations.
1. Winner: Roma
Roma is a gorgeous depiction of Mexico City in the 1970s. It came away as a nomination, only to be in the big winners’ squad.
2. Winner: Spike Lee
This is not the first time Spike Lee was nominated for an Oscar, and of course, he would be nominated again, he’s one of the most significant directors in film history. He’s the guy behind Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X and Inside Man and 25th Hour. So, yay!
3. Winner: Black Panther
Black Panther was already a winner, as it was the highest-grossing movie of the year in the box office. However, its legacy was further solidified with the Oscar nomination, making it the first superhero film to ever be nominated for Best Picture.
4. Loser: Emily Blunt
Ah, she was so close so many times, 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada, 2014’s Into the Woods, and 2015’s The Girl on the Train, and despite being a delight every time she was on screen, she still did not manage to get herself in the Oscar nominee’s list.
5. Winner: The Favourite
The Favourite has been, erhmm, our favorite. It a kooky comedy of manners that turns into tragedy by the end and it is led by three people who performed perfectly and were all nominated as follows: Olivia Colman for Best Actress, and both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for Best Supporting Actress.
6. Loser: A Star Is Born
Being a huge success at the box office, with a three-time nominee star (Bradley Cooper) and Oscar-beloved director (Lady Gaga), it initially felt like it was going to break this year’s records. However, events unfolded differently than previously thought.
7. Winner: Vice
Although it received mixed reviews so far, this one also received a total of eight nominations, which makes the second most of any film in the 2019 Oscars slate. A couple of nominations included best supporting actor of Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of George W. Bush, along with movie’s editing, directing, and screenplay.
What felt like a winner this year was definitely the focused attention on popular films. Of course, no time was criteria for the category established, meaning no one really knows what classifies as ‘popular’.
Loser: diversity, even as the Academy diversifies
The #OscarsSoWhite keeps haunting the Academy since 2015. Hoping to change this, the Academy opted for inviting a high number of new members of women and men of color to join the ceremony. In fact, The LA Times found that in 2016, the Academy was 91% white and 76% male.
Winner: foreign films
The last time the most nominations were given to films in foreign languages was 2001. And now, in 2019.
You might also want to read: The Complete List Of The 2019 Oscar Nominations