Oscars 2019: The big names to miss out on nominations

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

Black Panther, last year's domestic box office king, scored the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a superhero film, marking another landmark for the action-adventure drama about a high-tech African nation and the warrior-king who is sworn to protect it.

Black Panther is up for best picture at this year's Oscars awards.

Here's a look at how history was made Tuesday - or is poised to be made when the Academy Awards take place February 24 - in some of the top races. And I wonder if the comparative ease of that is ultimately what put these movies in front of so many eyeballs.

Screenwriter Tony McNamara was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for The Favourite, while Fiona Crombie was nominated for Best Production Design on the same movie, which also received a nod for Best Picture.

The black and white film snatched up nods for best supporting actress, best foreign film and a swirl of other nominations. So much so that the Academy shook things up the following year, bumping the number of possible Best Picture nominations from 5 to 10. 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.

Cooper was nominated for best actor for his portrayal of tormented country star Jackson Maine, and also for adapted screenplay as a co-writer and in the best picture category as a producer. These two nominations show that it has support from the acting branch of the Academy, which is by far the biggest.

However, we couldn't help but notice that there are some notable names that have been left off the list this year.

Joel and Ethan Coen did it for "No Country for Old Men".

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a scene from the movie, "A Star is Born".

While Cooper got a nomination for best actor, he didn't join Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Lee in the best directing category. 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).

With one big exception, which Duana will be posting about later, this morning's Oscar nominations are nearly entirely acceptable.

Up for Best Actress are Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). It came out in November of a year ago. If their releases counted under Disney, the new mega-studio would have dwarfed all studios with 31 nominations.

The Oscars past year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 per cent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. And the 91st Academy Awards were no different. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.

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