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Your 91st Academy Award Nomination Cheat Sheet

Courtesy of FlickrThe Academy Awards ceremony will air Sunday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7 p.m.

The 91st Academy Awards nominations were released early Tuesday morning, foreshadowing a heated and competitive race Feb. 24. 

There isn’t a clear leader this year — “The Favourite” and “Roma” tied with 10 nominations each — as opposed to last year with “The Shape of Water” garnering 13 nods. With the powerhouse streaming service Netflix and a superhero film — the groundbreaking “Black Panther” — receiving best picture nods for the first time, this is a year of firsts for the prestigious award ceremony. 

“The Favourite,” a historical drama centered on a lesbian love triangle and power struggle, is director Yorgos Lanthimos’ first film with a major studio — Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

“Green Book” was one of the top winners at the Golden Globes earlier this month, taking three accolades, including Best Motion Picture, Musical and Comedy. However, the biographical film about a black musician and white bouncer’s friendship is riddled with controversy. Some praise the film for its depiction of interracial friendships, while others criticize it for its dependence on cliches. 

This year also marks a milestone for Netflix, which distributed “Roma.” More streaming television shows and movies have caught the eye of critics  and were placed on the same stage as major film studios. 

This year’s ceremony is unusual with no host. Kevin Hart, who was slated to host, stepped down after past homophobic tweets resurfaced. The last time the Oscars ceremony went host-less was in 1989, and it faced negative reviews from critics. Notoriously known for its runtime of upwards of three hours, some awards will be presented during commercial breaks in order to fit the entire ceremony into a three-hour time frame, according to a letter from the Academy obtained by Hollywood Reporter.

Following is a list of Oscar nominations to keep track of this season.

Best Picture

Dealing with cultural politics, identity and family, “Black Panther” pits King T’Challa against the sins of his father when Eric Killmonger comes to Wakanda seeking change and revenge. “Black Panther” marks the first African-American lead film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The most successful of the nominees, grossing $1.35 billion at the box office, “Black Panther” is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Green Book” is a historical comedy-drama about classical pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). Set in the 1960s, Vallelonga is the driver and bodyguard for Shirley as he goes on tour across the country. Although the movie was lauded by some critics, others have pointed out its historical inaccuracies. The film was also nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Screenplay. 

“BlacKkKlansman” is another nominated film based on a true story. Directed by Spike Lee, the movie follows Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American detective who infiltrated and exposed his local Ku Klux Klan chapter. The film is also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Music Score.

From Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma” depicts a year in the life of a middle class family’s maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), in Mexico City. Set during the early 1970s, the film is a semi-biographical account of Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City. The black-and-white picture is Netflix’s first film nominated for Best Picture. “Roma” is also nominated for nine other awards, including Aparicio for Best Actress for her powerful performance. 

Rami Malek gives a stellar performance as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of rock band Queen, in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” garnering him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Directed by Bryan Singer, “Bohemian Rhapsody” depicts the inception of Queen and the life of multidimensional and charismatic Mercury. 

Actor and singer Bradley Cooper made his directorial debut with the romantic drama “A Star is Born.” Starring alongside Cooper is Lady Gaga, who was also nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal as the struggling artist, Ally. She falls in love with musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) after he discovers her just as she’s about to give up her dream of becoming a singer. The film made more than $400 million at the box office. Cooper was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in this retold tale.  

Taking place in the early 18th century, Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman) takes the throne while her close friend and lover, Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs in her absence. When a new servant, Abigail (Emma Stone), arrives, Sarah is endeared by Abigail and takes her under her wing. A comedic period piece from director Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite” reigns together with “Roma” in number of nominations. The film is nominated in categories including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Cinematography. All three leading women in the film received additional nods as Best Actress (Colman) and Best Supporting Actress (Stone, Weisz). 

The satirical biopic of Dick Cheney “Vice” walked away with eight nominations. The film tells the story of Cheney (Christian Bale) as George W. Bush’s unassuming vice president who quietly reshaped the world in ways still evident today. Other nominations for “Vice” include Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams) and Best Screenplay. 

Best Actor

Rami Malek — “Bohemian Rhapsody” 

Christian Bale — “Vice”

Bradley Cooper — “A Star is Born” 

Willem Dafoe — “At Eternity’s Gate”

Viggo Mortensen — “Green Book”

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio — “Roma” 

Glenn Close — “The Wife” 

Olivia Coleman — “The Favourite”

Lady Gaga — “A Star is Born”

Melissa McCarthy — “Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Director

Spike Lee — “BlacKkKlansman”

Pawel Pawlikowski — “Cold War”

Yorgos Lanthimos — “The Favourite”

Alfonso Curarón — “Roma”

Adam McKay — “Vice”

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali — “Green Book”

Adam Driver — “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliot — “A Star is Born”

Richard E. Grant — “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell — “Vice”

Supporting Actress

Emma Stone — “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz — “The Favourite”

Amy Adams — “Vice”

Marina de Tavira — “Roma” 

Regina King — “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Animated Feature Film

“The Incredibles 2”

“The Isle of Dogs”


Ralph Breaks the Internet

“Spiderman: Into Spider-Verse”

Foreign Language Film

“Capernaum” — Lebanon

“Cold War” — Poland

“Never Look Away” — Germany

“Roma” — Mexico

“Shoplifters” — Japan

Original Score

Ludwig Goransson — “Black Panther” 

Terence Blanchard — “BlacKkKlansman” 

Nicholas Britell — “If Beale Street Could Talk” 

Alexandre Desplat — “Isle of Dogs” 

Marc Shaiman — “Mary Poppins Returns”

Adapted Screenplay

Joel Coen, Ethan Coen — “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee — “BlacKkKlansman”

Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty — “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Barry Jenkins — “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters — “A Star Is Born”

Original Screenplay

Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara — “The Favourite”

Paul Schrader — “First Reformed”

Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly — “Green Book”

Alfonso Cuarón — “Roma”

Adam McKay — “Vice”


Lukasz Zal — “Cold War”

Robbie Ryan — “The Favourite”

Caleb Deschanel — “Never Look Away”

Alfonso Cuarón — “Roma”

Matthew Libatique — “A Star Is Born”

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

Film Editing

Barry Alexander Brown — “BlacKkKlansman”

John Ottman — “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Patrick J. Don Vito — “Green Book”

Yorgos Mavropsaridis — “The Favourite”

Hank Corwin — “Vice”

Sound Editing

Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker — “Black Panther”

John Warhurst — “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Ai-Ling Lee, Mildred Iatrou Morgan — “First Man”

Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl — “A Quiet Place”

Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay — “Roma”

Sound Mixing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”


“A Star Is Born”

Production Design

Hannah Beachler — “Black Panther”

Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas — “First Man”

Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton — “The Favourite”

John Myhre, Gordon Sim — “Mary Poppins Returns”

Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez — “Roma”

Original Song

“All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA — “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson — “RBG”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman — “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Shallow” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, Benjamin Rice — “A Star Is Born”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch — “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Makeup and Hairstyling


“Mary Queen of Scots”


Costume Design

Mary Zophres — “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Ruth E. Carter — “Black Panther”

Sandy Powell — “The Favourite”

Sandy Powell — “Mary Poppins Returns”

Alexandra Byrne — “Mary Queen of Scots”

Visual Effects

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

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