Black Panther surprises at Oscars; A Quiet Place, First Man snubbed

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday

The 2019 Academy Awards nominations list was released just moments ago and there are so many fantastic performances set to be honored this year. Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly each failed to net a nomination, potentially scuppering the Best Picture chances of A Star is Born and Green Book respectively. Sure, there were some shoo-ins that made it, like "Black Panther" breaking the superhero best picture barrier, and "A Star Is Born", "The Favourite" and "Roma" being among the leading nominees.

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The Oscars previous year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 percent and averaging 26.5 million viewers on ABC.

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Marvel, too, joined the club with Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther", the first superhero movie ever nominated for best picture.

The streaming giant, which has been disrupting traditional film and TV viewing habits for years, nabbed its first best picture Oscar nomination thanks to Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma". "End of Sentence.", Marianne Farley earned a live-action nomination for "Marguerite", while Alison Snowden got a nod for her co-directed animated short "Animal Behaviour", as did Domee Shi for "Bao" and Louise Bagnall for her "Late Afternoon". Cold War's Pawel Pawlikowski, who is no doubt be stunned as anyone by his best director nomination.

The singer-songwriter-actor garnered two noms in the 2019 awards for her dual roles in the movie A Star Is Born. Debra Granik's Leave No Trace even has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. The former is a horror movie, so it's not shocking that it was overlooked by the Academy. But in a surprise move, Cooper was excluded from the directors' category.

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Take Spike Lee, who has finally got his first best director nod for BlacKkKlansman after three decades of incendiary, albeit erratic brilliance. However, his very timely BlacKkKlansman proved it had the winning recipe.

Prior to that, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2009 for his portrayal of one of the most notorious DC villains, the Joker, in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Fortunately, Adam Driver was. While Hereditary and its star, Collette, were early mentions for Oscar consideration, no other horror-thriller feature from 2018 garnered as much attention as John Krasinski's A Quiet Place. Stars like Gaga and Sam Sam Elliott, who earned a nod for supporting actor, have raved about working with the young director.

This nomination has come after a slew of films that had been hopefuls for the category but were apparently deemed unworthy by the Acadamy. In a banner year for documentaries, the Fred Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor" was snubbed despite more than $22 million in ticket sales (a huge sum for a doc).

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