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Oscars 2019: Roma and The Favourite lead nominations

Roma

Story by Jack Foley

ALFONSO Cuaron’s passion project Roma and royal comedy-drama The Favourite lead the nominations for the 91st Annual Academy Awards with 10 nominations each.

Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born and Dick Cheney takedown [or biopic] Vice follow closely behind with eight. Marvel title Black Panther, meanwhile, becomes the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture.

Of the British hopefuls, Olivia Colman will be looking to repeat her Golden Globes success by claiming best actress, while her co-star Rachel Weisz is shortlisted for best supporting actress.

Christian Bale is also nominated for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice. He has already won a Golden Globe (comedy or musical) for the film.

And Richard E Grant has received his first ever Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor for his role in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me? – a forgery drama headlined by Melissa McCarthy, who also surprised many by nabbing a best actress nomination.

Of the eight films vying for the night’s top prize, Best Picture, the early favourites would appear to be The Favourite, racial drama Green Book, Cuaron’s Roma and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which took the top honour at the Globes.

Other nominees include Black Panther, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Vice.

Joining Colman on the best actress shortlist, meanwhile, are Yalitza Aparicio (for Roma), Glenn Close (for The Wife), Lady Gaga (for A Star Is Born) and McCarthy.

Bale, meanwhile, faces competition in the best actor category from Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Willem Dafoe (for At Eternity’s Gate), Rami Malek (for Bohemian Rhapsody) and Viggo Mortensen (for Green Book). Dafoe’s nomination was another of the surprises given that his portrayal of tormented artist Vincent van Gogh has not featured that regularly in the current awards conversation.

In the best supporting actress category, Weisz is pitted against The Favourite co-star Emma Stone, as well as Amy Adams (for Vice), Marina de Tavira (Roma) and Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) – the latter arguably being the favourite to win the trophy going into the ceremony.

And on the best supporting actor shortlist, it’s Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali who would appear to be the person to beat, alongside Grant, Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born), Sam Rockwell (Vice) and Adam Driver (for BlacKkKlansman).

Another of the night’s top prizes goes to the best director, where The Favourite‘s Yorgos Lanthimos and Roma‘s Cuaron will go up against Adam McKay (Vice), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) and Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War). There was no room on the shortlist for A Star Is Born‘s Cooper, which represents one of the more high profile snubs.

In the animated category, Disney and Pixar (the regular winners) are represented with Wreck It Ralph 2 and Incredibles 2, respectively, but they may not have it all their own way this year, given that Sony have been sweeping all before them with Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which will go into the ceremony as the clear favourite as a result.

And Cuaron’s Roma also finds itself among the nominees for best foreign language film (as well as best picture), alongside Lebanese title Capernaum, Poland’s Cold War, Germany’s Never Look Away and Japan’s Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year.

This year’s ceremony will take place on February 24, 2019. At this stage, a host has yet to be announced following Kevin Hart’s decision to step down.

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