Full list of 2019 Oscar nominations

It was a big morning for The Favourite, Roma and Black Panther as Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani made countless jokes about getting up early to read out the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards. While there were some clear miscarriages of justice (excuse me, no Oscar love for Timothée Chalamet??) there were also a lot of surprise nods like Roma (a foreign film) hitting up pretty much every major category to tie The Favourite for most noms with 10.

Full list of 2019 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

Look at those firsts! Black Panther is the first superhero/comic book/Marvel movie to be nominated for Best Picture (with good reason!) and Roma is the first Netflix offering to earn a nod in the category. With a lot of the same contenders as the Golden Globes, are we looking at a Bohemian Rhapsody win? Or will the Academy shake it up?

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star is Born


Actor in a leading role:

Not a whole lot of surprises here with all these actors nominated at other awards shows this season but not all in the same category. Christian Bale and Rami Malek both took home Golden Globes, and we'll go out on a limb and say no ne would have thought we’d be seeing a showdown between Dick Cheney and Freddie Mercury in 2019.

Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book 

Actress in a leading role:

Roma came as a bit of a surprise, with two of its stars, Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira, getting Oscar nods. That’s sweet to see but the frontrunner here is Glenn Close who has been having the awards season of her life right now. Can the woman finally get her Oscar??

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife 

Olivia Coleman, The Favourite 

Lady Gaga, A Star is Born 

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Actor in a supporting role:

Can Mahershala Ali nab his second Oscar in two years or is it time for the uber-talented Adam Driver to definitively prove he’s not just the weird boyfriend of the angsty sci-fi villain? Time will tell.

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Actress in a supporting role:

Roma supporting actress Marina de Tavira came as a surprise (are you feeling the Roma love yet?) but we saw The Favourite getting love for its supporting cast well as the nods to Amy Adams and QUEEN Regina King.  

Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma 

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite


It’s always weird when a film is nominated for Best Picture (read: A Star is Born) but a director (read: Bradley Cooper) is not. Interestingly, two of the nominees on this list (Alfonso Cuaron and Pawel Pawlikowski) are directors of foreign language films, a rarity at the Oscars.

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War 

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma 

Adam McKay, Vice 

Animated Feature Film:

People just can’t stop raving about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and it looks like the powers that be at the Academy feel the same way. It’s up against not one, but TWO Pixar films, but it beat out both for the Golden Globe. This one just feels like a winner.

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Short Film (Animated):

Don’t go feeling too bad for Pixar though. If a Feature Film win isn’t in the cards this year, they’ve got another shot at an Oscar with Bao, which debuted ahead of Incredibles 2 in theatres and was written and directed by Chinese-Canadian artist Domee Shi. YAY.

Animal Behaviour


Late Afternoon 

One Small Step


Writing (Adapted Screenplay):

So Bradley gets a writing nom but nothing for director? That's a snub. He’s up against some big names though: the Coen Brothers? Barry Jenkins? Spike Lee? Now, that’s a stacked category!

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

BlacKkKlansman - Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee

Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Nicole Holofcener and John Whitty

If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins

A Star is Born - Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Writing (Original Screenplay):

Looks like the Academy is leaning into its love of dramedies. Green Book’s screenplay has been getting a lot of attention this awards season but The Favourite and Vice fall in that grey area between drama and comedy too—an interesting shift for the often drama-heavy category.

The Favourite - Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara 

First Reformed - Paul Schrader 

Green Book - Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

Roma - Alfonso Cuaron 

Vice - Adam McKay


Interestingly, two of the contenders for cinematography—Roma and Cold War—were shot in black and white. It’s an artistic choice that's often associated with critically-acclaimed cinematography but  the jury is out how the foreign films will fair against fan favourites A Star is Born and The Favourite.

Cold War

The Favourite

Never Look Away


A Star is Born

Documentary (Feature):

The nomination for RBG—the Ruth Bader Ginsberg biopic—marks the first for CNN Films. Interestingly, RBG has been the subject of two films this year; this documentary and a fictionalized drama, On the Basis of Sex, starring Felicity Jones.

Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons


Documentary (Short Subject):

The Short Subject Documentary category is following a similar theme as the rest of the noms with Black Sheep (another doc made by a media company, The Guardian) and End Game (a Netflix offering). Period. End of Sentence. is an interesting inclusion also – it’s a groundbreaking look at menstruation from India.

Black Sheep

End Game 


A Night at the Garden 

Period. End of Sentence.

Short Film (Live Action):

Short films this year got really political (as they often do) with particular controversy surrounding Detainment. The film looks at the murder of a two-year-old boy whose mother, Denise Fergus, asked that the film not be considered for nomination by the Academy. It appears the film was nominated against her wishes and Fergus is deeply disappointed.






Foreign Language Film:

When you’re nominated for Best Picture, can they really deny you the Foreign Film honour? This one seems like to go to Roma but because it's up in two major categories, it could also split the vote.

Capernaum, Lebanon 

Cold War, Poland

Never Look Away, Germany

Roma, Mexico 

Shoplifters, Japan

Film Editing:

According to the pros, a big theme in editing this year was conveying both love and pain cohesively over the course of a story with work in The Favourite, Green Book and BlacKkKlansman really standing out.


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book 


Sound Editing:

Can we all acknowledge the irony of A Quiet Place’s only Oscar nomination being in the Sound Editing category? That being said, the film definitely had to be even more deliberate with its use of sound. We wouldn’t be surprised if the film about being quiet takes home this honour.

Black Panther 

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man 

A Quiet Place 


Sound Mixing:

For everyone wondering what the difference between sound editing and sound mixing is: editing is collecting the sounds for the film, mixing is what you do with them afterwards. You're welcome.

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star is Born 

Production Design:

There’s no easy answer for the best overall look of a film. Is it the fun animation-heavy world of Mary Poppins Returns? Is it the Victorian luxury of The Favourite? Is it the landscape of the actual moon in First Man? Is it the lush technological haven of Wakanda in Black Panther, where Hannah Beachler became the first African-American to score an Oscar nom in this category.

Black Panther

The Favourite 

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns


Music (Original Score):

First Man took home the Globe for Original Score, but was snubbed in the Oscar noms. Mary Poppins Returns might be the easy answer here (it being a musical and all) but Black Panther’s soundtrack has been widely lauded too.

Black Panther


If Beale Street Could Talk 

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns

Music (Original Song):

Lady Gaga is the only the second artist to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Song and it seems everyone and their mother is pulling for her to take home at least the music Oscar. Expect a major upset if Mary Poppins or RBG end up walking away with the honour.

"All the Stars," Black Panther

"I'll Fight," RBG 

"The Place Where Lost Things Go," Mary Poppins Returns

"Shallow," A Star is Born 

"When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings," The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Makeup and Hairstyling:

This category is small this year with Vice’s early 2000s historical styling up against Mary Queen of Scots’ 16th century historical styling. Swedish film, Border is a bit of a wild card here —using hair and makeup to transform its main characters into trolls rather than historically accurate public figures.


Mary Queen of Scots


Costume Design:

All the costume contenders are period pieces except for, of course, Black Panther which successfully melded traditional prints and styles from throughout Africa with modern technology and futuristic body armour.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Mary Zophres

Black Panter, Ruth Carter

The Favourite, Sandy Powell

Mary Poppins Returns, Sandy Powell

Mary Queen of Scots, Alexandra Byrne

Visual Effects:

Superhero movie? Check. Video game movie? Check. Space movie? Check, check. Movie about beloved childhood stuffed animals coming to life? What? Christopher Robin might not seem like it belongs on this list alongside Star Wars and Marvel movies, but it takes some pretty crazy visual effects to make it look like Winnie the Pooh is a real-life talking bear.

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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