Oscar Nominations 2019

The “Greek” Favourite and the “Mexican” Roma

written by Ioannis Makro

It is going to be one of the most exciting and close-race Oscars in years! The award shows, the odds, the amazing performances, lead to such a conclusion. The Oscars Nominations announcement came with several surprises and with the Greek directed “The Favourite” and the Mexican “Roma” stealing the show. 

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Greek cinema’s renascence definitely celebrates the success of “The Favourite” which received 10 nominations and was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Only 91 films in 91 years of Oscars history have managed to receive 10 or more nominations. Yorgos Lanthimos is nominated for the second time in 3 years and his film editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis also received a nomination. 

“The Favourite” is of course nominated for Best Picture, with its leading star Olivia Colman being nominated for Leading Actress and the Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations. The remaining 4 nominations for “The Favourite” are for Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, and Costume Design. 

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The other leading star of this year’s Oscars is of course Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” produced by Netflix, which ties “The Favourite” with also 10 nominations. 

Alfonso Cuaron is favourite for winning Best Directing award. It will be the 5th in 6 years for Mexican directors, with Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu (2015 & 2016) Guillermo Del Toro (2018) and Alfonso Cuaron once again (2014), winning the previous awards.

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But his biggest achievement is that he is personally nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Directing, Screenplay, Cinematography). Only the great Walt Disney managed to have 6 nominations in 1954, winning 4 out of 6. 

“Roma” might also become the first Foreign Language film which wins Best Picture award. 

Other notable nominated films;

  • “Black Panther” became the first super-hero Marvel movie receiving 7 nominations, including Best Picture.

  • “The Vice” and “A Star is Born”, each receiving 8 nominations and with Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in strong contention for the Leading Actor award. Lady Gaga is also nominated for Leading Actress, but the worthy favourite there is the legendary Glenn Close for the amazing performance in “The Wife”.

  • “The Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” received 5 nominations each. The Green Book is among the strong contestants for Best Picture and Supporting Actor, while Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury might make the surprise in the Leading Actor category.

  • The Polish film “Cold War” is nominated for 3 awards, which indicates once again the raising popularity of European cinema in Hollywood. 

The Oscars ceremony is going to take place on the 24th February.