The 91st Annual Academy Awards are finally here, and who knows how they’re going to play out? Ironically like many of the films it’ll be honoring, the yearlong buildup and campaign for the event has been plagued by backstage controversies – with the hiring and prompt resignation of would-be MC Kevin Hart to the debacles concerning its runtime, it looks like the host-less Oscars won’t be giving out jet skis for shortest acceptance speech this year.
With that in mind, the purpose of the Academy Awards is to celebrate 2018’s greatest movies; and following the trend of the show’s last several seasons, this year’s nominees are in themselves historic, not only for their diversity, but also for the genres and studios that they represent.
Roma, director Alfonso Cuarón’s heavy contender, racked in 10 nominations, tied for most of the night with The Favourite, as well as most ever with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for nominations received by a foreign-language film. Not only is Roma part of that select group of foreign-language films to be nominated for Best Picture, it’s also the first to be nominated released by a digital streaming service: Netflix, which also received three other nominations for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Also, the prominence of Black Panther, with 7 nominations across the board including Best Picture, is an accomplishment for both the worldwide cultural phenomenon, as well as the superhero genre and Marvel Studios, who also received a Best Visual Effects nomination for Avengers: Infinity War. That’s 8 nominations in total for the superhero genre, one which hardly ever receives recognition beyond the technical production categories.
With all that said, it’ll surely be an interesting night. This is the first time the show will be going on without a host since that weird Rob Lowe/Snow White duet in 1989. Though that probably won’t happen again, be on the lookout for any wandering dwarves.
Here are the results (continue to refresh as we’ll be updating this article throughout the night):
Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Documentary Feature: Free Solo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Evan Hayes and Shannon Dill
Makeup & Hairstyling: Vice, Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney
Costume Design: Black Panther, Ruth Carter
Production Design: Black Panther, Hannah Beachler (Production Design); Jay Hart (Set Decoration)
Cinematography: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Sound Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody, John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone
Sound Mixing: Bohemian Rhapsody, Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali
Foreign-Language Film: Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Film Editing: Bohemian Rhapsody, John Ottman
Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Animated Featured: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Animated Short: Bao, Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb
Documentary Short: Period. End of Sentence. Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton
Visual Effects: First Man, Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm
Live Action Short Film: Skin, Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman
Original Screenplay: Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman, Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee
Original Score: Black Panther, Ludwig Goransson
Original Song: “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Achievement in Directing: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Picture: Green Book, Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga