Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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"The cultural impact the movie has had for nearly a year now, all leads to this moment, the highest form of recognition from our peers".

At least the short film categories provide a glimpse into a possible future for female filmmakers: Rayka Zehtabchi was nominated for her documentary "Period".

The film academy selected eight movies for the top prize of best picture, even though rules allow for up to 10 nominees.

But there was good news for British stars, with Olivia Colman and Christian Bale following on from their Golden Globes success with nominations in the best actress and best actor categories. Now, he is nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for BlacKkKlansman. The film, featuring Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forrest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright among others, received praise from both the critics and the audiences for its authentic portrayal of African culture. It's a film that nearly nobody has seen - it doesn't even come out on this side of the Atlantic until the end of March - and no one has much to say about it, beyond noting Dafoe's work. It didn't make it into the Best Adapted Screenplay or Best Visual Effects categories either. The Academy was excoriated for overlooking the superhero genre, and it had to expand the category to include more than five nominees. The Dark Knight had to crawl so that Black Panther could walk, and maybe someday, a superhero movie will run and actually win the damn thing.

Today, Black Panther made history. Every category they're in is stacked, so actual wins will be hard to come by.

Original Score: "Black Panther", Ludwig Goransson; "BlacKkKlansman", Terence Blanchard; "If Beale Street Could Talk", Nicholas Britell; "Isle of Dogs", Alexandre Desplat; "Mary Poppins Returns", Marc Shaiman. Jenkins was shut out of the Best Director category as well. Although the same could be said for Mary Zophres. See?

Colman, from Norwich, stars as Queen Anne in The Favourite, while Bale was recognised for his portrayal of controversial former USA vice-president Dick Cheney in Vice. Netflix altered its policy for "Roma" and the Coen brothers' "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" (which also earned three unexpected nods), premiering them first in theaters before debuting them on Netflix.

This will be a VERY competitive year at the Oscars.

The surprise here is that Paul Schrader hadn't been nominated before. Seven! That is so many! Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book") and Cooper ("Star") are also contenders. But many expected more. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

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