Netflix granted greatest wish with Roma best picture Oscar nod

Claire Foy at this year's Golden Globes

The Academy Awards will be presented on February 24, apparently with no single host.

In the Best Director category, the absence of Cooper cleared the way for Pawel Pawlikowski in Cold War, who is competing against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Adam McKay for Vice and Cuaron for Roma, who has dominated the awards circuit this year.

"There has never been a foreign-language Oscar hopeful that has had the support that this one has", Feinberg said. The Netflix film is looking set to be the Best Picture frontrunner and could become the first foreign language film to ever win the top prize.

Cuarón gave an impassioned defense of Netflix after being asked in the Golden Globes press room about the streamer - which does screen some of its films in theaters before or in conjunction with release on its platform - being seen as the so-called death of traditional independent cinema. After all, Black Panther makes history by becoming the first ever superhero movie to earn a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars.

The point in awards season where film fans go from arguing about who should be nominated to who should've been nominated.

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The nominees for best actor are Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale ("Vice"), Willem Dafoe ("At Eternity's Gate"), Rami Malek ("Bohemian Rhapsody") and Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book").

FILE PHOTO: The 75th Venice International Film Festival - Screening of the film "Roma" competing in the Venezia 75 section - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 30, 2018 - Director Alfonso Cuaron with actors Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy Garcia and Marina de Tavira pose. "It's a film that without the presence of Yalitza and the performance of Yalitza, it wouldn't work". The Christopher Nolan Batman movie earned eight nominations. He won for 1952's "Viva Zapata!" and again for 1956's "Lust for Life", both in the supporting actor category. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for.

While B-Coop was acknowledged for playing the alcoholic rock star in his remake of A Star Is Born, his directing talents were unrecognized. However, Vice and A Star Is Born are also expected to take home a large number of nominations.

While numerous categories went as expected, the Oscars does like to keep us on our toes with a few curveballs sure to delight and enrage fans of certain films, and the 2019 nominations was no different in that regard. Though ratings for award shows have generally been dropping, the downturn prompted the academy to revamp this year's telecast.

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