Spike Lee earns first director, picture Oscar nominations after 30 years

A Star Is Born is an iteration of the classic musical romance led by the powerhouse duo of actor-director Bradley Cooper and pop diva Lady Gaga

A Star Is Born is an iteration of the classic musical romance led by the powerhouse duo of actor-director Bradley Cooper and pop diva Lady Gaga

No nominations were awarded for neither Michael B. Jordan nor director Ryan Coogler. Eighth Grade got shut out, for instance. Göransson as worked with Coogler since 2013's Fruitvale Station, and is now up for three Grammy nominations for his work with Glover, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "This Is America" and best R&B Song for "Feels Like Summer". And they left two open spots on the Best Picture possible-field-of-ten which DEFINITELY should have been filled this year.

Spike Lee on Tuesday received his first nomination in the Best Director category for his Ku Klux Klan comedy-drama BlacKkKlansman.

Black Panther continues to be an unprecedented success for Marvel.

It is unknown how many people have seen another best picture nominee, Netflix Inc's Spanish-language drama Roma.

Small wonder she is now the bookies' favourite to finally get her hands on Oscar by pipping Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman to this year's best actress statuette.

"Roma" also scored a few other firsts, including first Latina woman for producing (Gabriela Rodriguez) and first person to be nominated for cinematography and directing in the same year (Cuarón). The film, which examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, has been highly praised upon its release. She has more nominations without a win than any other living actor or actress. "Thank you @TheAcademy! #WakandaForever", she wrote on Twitter. The last Netflix nomination went to "End Game", which is up for best documentary short subject. It turns out, all they needed to do was hand carte blanche to prestige filmmakers, and suddenly they're in the big club. And in this year's slate of nominees, music-themed movies did very well. However, the academy has once again failed to recognize movies directed by talented female filmmakers. Also, with SO many creatives booking Netflix deals these days, you have to imagine the actors, directors, and increasingly producers, don't really care about streaming bias. Actor Adam Driver was nominated for actor in a supporting role.

Elsewhere, there were snubs for British hopefuls Emily Blunt and Claire Foy.

As well as Stone, Weisz faces competition from Amy Adams for Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, and Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk. It become the first comic book movie to land a Best Picture nod from the Academy, rising above the endless stream of comic book movies.

The surprise here is that Paul Schrader hadn't been nominated before.

Because it wouldn't be the Oscars if everyone wasn't just a little unhappy.

Based on what the overall Oscar roster indicates, it's questionable.

The Oscar race is wide open. While Widows initially generated early Oscars buzz due to its all-star cast and excellent storytelling, as well as Steve McQueen's directing, this film just didn't click with academy voters.

It will go up against movies like "Green Book", "Vice", "Black Panther" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".

But I refuse to give any more bandwidth to that mediocrity. Should this groundbreaking nomination have been given to an earlier film?

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