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Cinema Chat: 2019 Oscar Nominations

Jan 24, 2019

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The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced, and soon we'll know what films will walk away with Oscar gold!  In this week's "Cinema Chat," WEMU's Michael Jewett sits in for Michigan and State Theater executive director Russ Collins and talks about this year's Oscar nods and snubs with David Fair.


A LIST OF 2019 OSCAR NOMINATIONS: (Courtesy Variety Magazine)

Best Picture:

“Black Panther”

“BlacKkKlansman”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

“Vice”

Lead Actor:

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Lead 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?”

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”

Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director:

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”

Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature:

“Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird

“Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson

“Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda

“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Animated Short:

“Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine

“Bao,” Domee Shi

“Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall

“One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

“Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez

Adapted Screenplay:

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

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

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

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Barry Jenkins

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

Original Screenplay:

“The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

“First Reformed,” Paul Schrader

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

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“Vice,” Adam McKay

Cinematography:

“Cold War,” Lukasz Zal

“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique

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

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

Film Editing:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Vice,” Hank Corwin

Sound Editing:

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

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Warhurst

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

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

“Roma,” Sergio Diaz, Skip Lievsay

Sound Mixing:

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“Roma”

“A Star Is Born”

Production Design:

“Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler

“First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

“The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

“Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim

“Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enrı́quez

Original Score:

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard

“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman

Original Song:

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

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

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

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

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

Makeup and Hair:

“Border”

“Mary Queen of Scots”

“Vice”

Costume Design:

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther,” Ruth E. Carter

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”

HERE ARE THE 15 BIGGEST OSCARS SNUBS AND SURPRISES (Courtesy Variety Magazine)

Snub: Bradley Cooper for directing “A Star is Born” 

Cooper got Afflecked.  The Academy director’s branch is notorious for snubbing actors who step into the director’s chair.  And Bradley Cooper, who was considered a lock for making the box-office phenomenon “A Star is Born,” has now joined the ranks of Barbra Streisand (“Yentl”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”), as actor-directors who failed to receive their proper due.  What’s so strange about this snub is that Cooper seemed to only be campaigning as a director—not an actor (where he was nominated today)—on the awards trail.

Snub: “First Man” gets shut out of main categories

After winning the best director Oscar for “La La Land,” Damien Chazelle’s follow up movie about Neil Armstrong got no Oscars love in the main categories.  No Ryan Gosling for best actor.  No Claire Foy for best supporting actress.  And no best score for Justin Hurwitz, which was considered a layup after winning the category at the Golden Globes.  “First Man” did, however, score four nominations in the tech categories.

Snub: Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”

The “Call Me By Your Name” star was due for his second consecutive Oscar nomination for playing a drug addict in the Amazon Studios release.  But mixed reviews for the film, combined with the Academy’s tendency to snub performances by young male heartthrobs (just ask Leonardo DiCaprio about “Titanic”), may have hurt him.

Snub: John David Washington, “BlackKklansman”

While Spike Lee’s drama picked up six Oscar nominations, John David Washington somehow failed to crack the best actor category for playing real-life police officer Ron Stallworth.  His counterpart, Adam Driver, was nominated for best supporting actor.

Snub: Ethan Hawke, “First Reformed” 

Many pundits thought that Hawke, who had been sweeping the critics’ awards, would receive his third career acting nomination for Paul Schrader’s drama about a troubled pastor.

Snub: Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place”

Blunt received two SAG nominations this year for her performances in the Disney musical and the thriller directed by her husband John Krasinski.  But neither role got in the Oscars race.  If you’re counting at home, Blunt has never been nominated for an Oscar—after missing out for “Into the Woods” and “The Devil Wears Prada”—making her the most overdue actress in Hollywood for some recognition from the Academy. 

Snub: Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”

While “Black Panther” made history as the first comic-book movie ever nominated for best picture (with seven nominations total), not a single actor in its cast was recognized.  Its strongest chances were with Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, for playing the best villain in the genre since Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Snub: Toni Collette, “Hereditary” 

Collette delivered one of the most critically acclaimed performances of the year in the “Hereditary,” beating Glenn Close at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in November.  But she wasn’t included in the Oscars best actress category.

Snub: Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased” 

In a less competitive year for actress, Kidman could have added her fifth (and maybe sixth) career nominations for “Destroyer” or “Boy Erased.”  In the former film, playing a Los Angeles detective, she disappeared onscreen with a limp and facial prosthetics.  And out of Toronto, there was a lot of buzz for her supporting role as the Baptist mother who took her son to gay conversion therapy.

Snub: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” won’t win best documentary

The Academy dissing Mr. Rogers is one of the biggest head-scratchers of the year.  “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” had picked up all the precursor awards and was considered the frontrunner to win best documentary film on Oscars night.

Snub: “Eighth Grade” misses out for screenplay 

Writer-director Bo Burnham has been one of the breakout stars of this year’s awards circuit. So it’s surprising that his Sundance darling “Eighth Grade,” distributed by A24, was not among the nominees for best original screenplay.

Snub: “Burning” for best foreign film

The South Korean thriller starring Steven Yeun was expected to be one of the foreign film nominees given its rave reviews.

Surprise: Both “Roma” actresses are nominated 

Throughout awards season, despite the overall love for “Roma,” its cast had largely been overlooked.  The Academy fixed that oversight by nominating both Yalitza Aparicio (best actress) and Marina de Tavira (supporting actress) in Alfonso Cuaron’s drama about domestic workers in Mexico, helping boost “Roma” to a total of 10 Oscar nods.

Surprise: Willem Dafoe for “At Eternity’s Gate”

Dafoe managed to sneak into the best actor race—over John David Washington (“BlackKklansman”) and Ethan Hawke (“First Reformed”)—for portraying Vincent van Gogh in the biopic directed by Julian Schnabel.

Surprise: Pawel Pawlikowski for directing “Cold War” 

The Polish director made a surprise appearance, pushing out Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”) and Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”).  Along with “Roma,” this is the first time in modern history that two of the best director nominees came from black-and-white foreign language films.

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