The Academy Award nominations for 2019 were released yesterday and contain some surprising inclusions and snubs.
Nerd culture continues to show its strength with the inclusion of Black Panther in the Best Picture nomination, and with the two favored animated features being Incredibles 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Won't You Be My Neighbor being snubbed for Best Documentary Feature is surprising, as was Bradley Cooper's lack of a directoral nod for A Star is Born.
The impact of streaming services can also be seen with the nominations for Roma and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, both of which were Netflix releases. Netflix had 15 nominations this year, with Roma accounting for 10 of them. With Netflix joining the MPAA, this is only likely to increase.
Jamie and I have only seen one of the Best Picture nominations this year (but two of the Best Animated Features). We hope to remedy that soon. We have a date weekend coming and hope to catch up on at least three thanks to streaming, Redbox, and a trip to the theater. We used to try to see them all and come to our recommendations, but that has been much more difficult after children.
It will be interesting to see how this ceremony progresses, as the plan as of now is to still proceed without a host. While the Muppets do not seem to be imminent, there may be an Avengers reunion in the works. Synergy at its best.
What have you seen of this year's nominees? Let me know your thoughts.
A complete list of the nominees can be found here.