2019 Academy Award Nominees

Black Panther made history as the first superhero film to ever be nominated for Best Picture when the nominees for the 91st Oscars were announced today. Black Panther also picked up six other nominations including production design, original score, original song, and costume design.

The traditionally genre-heavy Visual Effects category recognized “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Christopher Robin,” “First Man,” “Ready Player One,” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with nominations.

“Mary Poppins Returns” picked up several nominations, including Original Score and Original Song.

The Academy Awards ceremony will air February 24.

Here is the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“The Favourite”
“Green Book”
“A Star Is Born”

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”


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

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
“Bao,” Domee Shi
“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
“BlacKkKlansman,” Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins
“A Star Is Born,” Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
“Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“Vice,” Adam McKay


“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal
“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan
“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

Best Documentary Feature:

“Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
“Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
“Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
“RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
“End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
“Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
“A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
“Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short Film:
“Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
“Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
“Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
“Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
“Skin,” Guy Nattiv

Best Foreign Language Film:

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

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman
“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito
“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis
“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

“Black Panther,” Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst
“First Man,” Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“A Quiet Place,” Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“First Man”
“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enr??quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard
“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson
“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell
“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

Makeup and Hair:

“Mary Queen of Scots”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres
“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter
“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

13 thoughts on “2019 Academy Award Nominees

  1. Wakanda forever, indeed, though it probably won’t take best picture, though it should take production and costume design, if there’s any justice in the world.

    And the rest is a very dull and conventional shortlist. And why precisely is Mahershala Ali nominated in best supporting actor and Viggo Mortensen in best actor, when both have about the same amount of screentime in Green Book?

    Plus, as I said on Twitter, the Academy managed to nominate two bio pics (Green Book and Werk ohne Autor) whose subjects have renounced them (and Gerhard Richter hardly ever gives interviews, so for him to be pissed off enough to speak about a movie is really something). I imagine Dick Cheney isn’t happy about Vice either (though he is fair game IMO) and Freddy Mercury isn’t around anymore to object to Bohemian Rhapsody.

    The German cultural press is all agog about the nomination for Florian Henkel von Donnersmark for Werk ohne Autor, BTW, though he won’t win (and that’s a very good thing, because it’s not a good film). Roma will win best foreign language picture, though Capernaum and Shoplifters are both better. But Hollywood doesn’t want to hear about street kids and refugees, though they do like films about domestic servants.

  2. I was just amazed that “When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was nominated.

    It’s catchy and the original song category often has few nominees, but it’s still not the sort of song they usually nominate.

  3. I was rather shocked to see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” didn’t make it in the documentary category, though since I only saw RBG of the nominees, I have no idea if it were unworthy of the year’s lineup or not.

  4. Black Panther made Best Picture, but not Ryan Coogler for Best Director or Michael B. Jordan for Best Supporting Actor?

    Oh, well. Baby steps, I guess. But if they’re going to have up to ten Best Picture nominees, the very least they could do is have the same number of Best Director and Actor [both genders] slots.

  5. @Bonnie McDaniel: Black Panther made Best Picture, but not Ryan Coogler for Best Director or Michael B. Jordan for Best Supporting Actor?
    Yeah, I was very surprised and disappointed by those omissions as well.

  6. I’m surprised that Bohemian Rhapsody got a nod, as the reviews I saw (admittedly not many) were all meh.

  7. I saw mostly mixed to bad reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody as well (except for some dude at the local radio station, who’s a huge Queen fan, who called Bohemian Rhapsody the film of the year, since he apparently missed Black Panther, Avengers Infinity War, etc…), so the award love for this film also surprises me.

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  9. I mostly saw good to excellent reviews of Bohemian Rhapsody; Camestros’ review was about the most meh I saw, and he was actually quite enthused: “It did exactly what you expect when and how you expected it, but it did it WELL.” (And even the Meh reviews praised Rami Malek so I am really not surprised by that best actor nom).

    I almost feel like they picked Black Panther (and Blackkklansman, though I can’t comment on the quality of one I haven’t watched) more as a flag to wave to counter the “#Oscarssowhite” movement resurging than because they believed it… even though it is in fact a worthy movie as a movie. I also think the evidence of doing this is where they put the nomination for Mahershala Ali versus Viggo Mortensen. There is definitely still some entrenched thinking.

  10. I wasn’t too crazy about Bohemian Rhapsody but Malek was great, no argument there. And if they had an award for “best fictional concert footage” I’d give it that too. Also “most cats.”

    I’m not surprised at the nomination– reviews were about 50/50 according to the aggregators, but there were some strong supporters, and it did win a Golden Globe and a bunch of other awards.

  11. IMHO, the problems with Vice were entirely in the directing, so Adam McKay should not have gotten the nod for that. For me that’s the most egregious nomination this year. While each of the individual performances by actors were very strong in that movie, McKay’s overly gimmicky directing wrecked it. Definitely not best picture or best director calibre.

    Conversely, Ryan Coogler took a so-so script (sorry guys, but the dialogue was hellishly flat), and pretty good performances (though only one that was legitimately great) and made a very good movie. Coogler should get best director, Michael B. Jordan should be up for supporting actor, and Hannah Beachler should 100 per cent win for production design. But I’m not sold on Black Panther as a best picture nominee, because it’s kind of lightweight.

    IMHO, Sorry To Bother You (directed by Boots Reily) should be a best picture contender, as should The Hate U Give. Sorry To Bother You 100 per cent deserves a screenplay nod ahead of both Green Book and Vice.

    The nods I was happiest to see were Richard E. Grant (who’s long deserved recognition and been overlooked), Olivia Colman (who is superb in everything she does, right back to Green Wing), and Regina King (who makes every one of her scenes in If Beale Street Could Talk completely astounding).

  12. In terms of McKay’s directing, take a look at how flat the Trump allusions fell in Vice. Then look at Spike Lee’s work that managed to pull the same tricks, but with a much lighter (and smarter) touch.

    There’s no comparison. McKay’s work just doesn’t hold up.

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