Wakanda For An Oscar?

The 2018 Academy Awards nominees are out and, for the first time ever, a superhero movie has made it into the Best Picture Category. Black Panther probably won’t win, but it’s a nice nod to the genre that has certainly matured in the last decade.

What films are pleased to see on the list? Which one are you not? And which films do you think got snubbed?

Genre films are in bold.

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Vice
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
Marina De Tavira, Roma
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star is Born

Best Writing, Original Screenplay

The Favourite
First Reformed
Green Book
Roma
Vice

Best Animated Film

Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Cinematography

Cold War
The Favourite
Never Look Away
Roma
A Star is Born

Costume Design

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Black Panther
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

Makeup and Hairstyling

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay, Vice
Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Production Design

Black Panther
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Vice

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity War
Christopher Robin
First Man
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Score

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song

“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“I’ll Fight,” RBG
“The Place Where the Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
“Shallow,” A Star is Born
“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Sound Editing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
A Quiet Place
Roma

Sound Mixing

Black Panther
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
A Star is Born

Best Feature-Length Documentary

Free Solo
Hale Country This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Of Fathers and Sons
RBG

Best Short-Length Documentary

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence

Best Foreign Language Film

Capernaum
Cold War
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Best Live-Action Short Film

Detainment
Fauve
Margueritte
Mother
Skin

5 replies on “Wakanda For An Oscar?”

  1. Brian says:

    While I’m thrilled to see RBG on the Documentary list, I find it nigh-criminal that Won’t You Be My Neighbor didn’t make the list.

    It’ll be interesting to see who nabs Animated Picture with a Pixar film going up against a Wes Anderson film. (I know geekdom loves Spider-Verse, but think about which films the Academy voters will actually see before voting)

  2. JD DeLuzio says:

    How did Three Identical Strangers not get a best Doc nomination? I would put that above Won’t You Be My Neighbor, and I agree with your assessment of Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

    • Brian says:

      I had forgotten about Strangers (haven’t seen it, but have heard first-hand reviews that they liked it).

      • JD DeLuzio says:

        I reviewed it here, but I’ve seriously thought about reviewing it at the Bureau. It has a strong science angle (especially the second half), and it’s bizarre enough to be genre. At the same time, it’s far more disturbing to go into it cold. I knew the popular public story from the 1980s, heard it turned dark in the 1990s, but had no idea just how dark it turned.

        On another note, I’m surprised A Quiet Place received no actor nods. That would have been good, in addition to the paradoxical nomination it did receive.

  3. I loved Spider-Verse, I am glad to see it got a nod, too. Not that I think it was an Award style movie, it certainly was pretty, so…

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