Mara Jade
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The Favourite IS the favourite at this year’s Academy Awards. The movie, along with Roma, leads the nominations with an impressive 10 nods. Next is A Star Is Born with 8 nominations, although Bradley Cooper is missing in the Best Director nomination list. The three actresses from The Favourite, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone are all nominated, which is a rarity.

Here is the list of nominations:

Best Picture


Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

Green Book

The Favourite



A Star is Born

Never mind that the idea of the Most Popular Movie category got nixed. It looks like the most popular movies find themselves on this list anyway. Black Panther, a front-runner in that category that never saw the light of day, makes it to the Best Picture noms.

Best Actor

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Hello Willem Dafoe. While the actor is missing from nominations in other awards, he turns up here, for his performance as Vincent Van Gogh, not that we mind.


Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Yalitza Aparicio from Roma is a surprise entry, but seeing how the accolades for the movie are stacking up, it makes sense. However, where is Emily Blunt? Mary Poppins is noticeably missing from the leading ladies list. Also missing here is an unrecognisable Nicole Kidman for her performance in Destroyer and Mary Queen of Scots herself, Saoirse Ronan.


Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, Vice

Marina De Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

While these women all deserve their nominations, we’d also like to see First Man’s Claire Foy and Queen Elizabeth Margot Robbie in Mary Queen of Scots. It’s a tad disappointing that both Robbie and Ronan, with their gripping portrayals of these strong historical women got snubbed.


Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott  A Star is Born

Richard E. Grant,  Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Timothee Chalamat got snubbed! The actor’s turn in Beautiful  Boy might have charmed at the other awards, but not the Oscars. It’s a good thing the actor has age on his side, he still has countless chances ahead of him.

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

He might have Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations, but Bradley Cooper is apparently not Best Director material in the Academy’s eyes. Also missing from this list is Peter Farrelly, director of Green Book.

Here are the rest of the nominations:


Best Animated Film

The Incredibles 2

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Original Screenplay

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book




Best Foreign Language Film

Germany, Never Look Away

Japan, Shoplifters

Lebanon, Capernaum

Mexico, Roma

Poland, Cold War


Original Song

“I’ll Fight” from RBG

“All The Stars” from Black Panther

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen of Scots

The Academy Awards will be held on the 24th Febraury, 2019.