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On the January 22, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about the 2019 Academy Award nominations.

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female directors oscars

You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving in the independent and film festival circuit, with films like Lynne Ramsay‘s lean thriller You Were Never Really Here winning the Cannes screenplay prize or Debra Granik‘s quietly devastating survival drama Leave No Trace earning raves at Sundance. Marielle Heller helmed the Telluride Film Festival darling Can You Ever Forgive Me, which earned a whopping three Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay.

But despite the inroads female filmmakers have made, the Best Director category found itself reverting back to the all-male status quo once again.

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black panther best picture

The Dark Knight scooped up eight Academy Award nominations for 2008, including a Best Supporting Actor nod for the late Heath Ledger. But many expected more. There were rumblings that Christopher Nolan’s dark and gritty bat-flick would make history, break the mold, and become the first comic book property nominated for Best Picture. It didn’t happen. And the backlash was so severe that the Academy changed its rules, expanding the number of possible Best Picture nominees from five to ten. Now, a decade later, Black Panther has done what The Dark Knight could not.

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netflix theatrical

Even though Roma ended up with a total of 10 Oscar nominations this morning, including Best Picture, that’s not a good enough reason for AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Cinemark to pack away their grudge with Netflix. Every year, the two movie theater chains host a showcase of all the Best Picture nominees, but since Alfonso Cuarón‘s critically acclaimed Roma is a Netflix movie that didn’t stick to the traditional theatrical release plans, they won’t include the film in their line-up. You know, like a pouting child. Read More »

The Biggest 2019 Oscars Snubs and Surprises

Look, we’re the first to admit that the entire concept of an “Oscar snub” is a little bit silly. It’s not like everyone in the Academy gets together and secretly plots to teach a filmmaker or actor a lesson by refusing to nominate them for a golden statuette. That’s simply not how it works on any level. And yet, it can’t help but feel deliberate and personal because we’re dealing with an award that can make or break careers. When someone who was supposed to get nominated gets left out, it feels weirdly personal.

So, as is tradition, let’s run down the biggest “snubs” from this year’s freshly announced Oscar nominations. And to balance it out, we’re also going to talk about the biggest surprises…although to honest, the snubs far outweigh the surprises this year.

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2019 Oscar Nominations Announced

This morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. As always, Hollywood’s equivalent to the Super Bowl brought with it a fair number of surprises and snubs along with all of the expected announcements – the Oscars have a habit of being a surprising and predictable affair in equal measure.

We have compiled the complete list of 2019 Oscar nominations below. Who are the frontrunners? Who got shut out? Let’s take a look.

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2019 Razzie Nominations - Gotti

Every year, there are plenty of awards honoring the best movies, but only the Golden Raspberry Awards tackle the worst of the worst. The 2019 Razzie nominations have just come in today, and it should come as no surprise that the universally panned Gotti starring John Travolta is one of the most nominated movies with six nods. But Gotti has company since Holmes & Watson and The Happytime Murders also rounded up the same number. The Razzies also decided to take some shots at Donald Trump by giving Dinesh D’Souza‘s right-wing trash Death of a Nation and the subjects of Fahrenheit 11/9 some nominations too.

Get the full list of 2010 Razzie nominations below.

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producers guild awards

With its Saturday night ceremony, the Producers Guild of America has effectively crowned Green Book the front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar. Green Book looks most likely to win the Oscar race after it took the top award at the PGA Awards, which historically has been a reliable predictor for the Oscar Best Picture winner.

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roma oscar campaign

Netflix is going for the gold statuette by dropping the equivalent of half a metric ton of gold on its Roma Oscar campaign. The streaming giant is reportedly spending upwards of $20 million on wooing awards body voters for Alfonso Cuaron‘s masterpiece, making it the most expensive campaign in nearly a decade.

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2019 critics choice awards winners

Rotten Tomatometers and Metacritic aggregation can only show a sliver of what critics think about films, but the Critics Choice Awards is the definitive proof. The Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association bestowed their annual Critics’ Choice Awards to the best in movies and TV over the past year, awarding a few festival and awards circuit favorites while mostly passing over The Favourite, despite the Yorgos Lanthimos film’s 14 nods — the most of any film.

The top 2019 Critics Choice Awards winners instead included Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, which led the film categories with four wins, followed by Black Panther and Vice with three wins apiece. Meanwhile in TV, The Americans and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel earned the critics’ love with three wins each.

See the full list of 2019 Critics Choice awards winners below.

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