Many had predicted the first-time director would receive a nod for his acclaimed work in "A Star Is Born" behind the camera.
On Tuesday, the 61-year-old filmmaker received his first ever Best Director Oscar nomination for last year's BlacKkKlansman.
It is unknown how many people have seen another best picture nominee, Netflix Inc's Spanish-language drama Roma.
Out of Roma's whopping 10 nominations, none is more surprising than Marina de Tavira's inclusion in the best supporting actress category. That's more than Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody!
The eight nominations received by A Star Is Born include two nods for Bradley Cooper in the best actor and adapted screenplay categories.
The Motion Picture Cast Recording from A Star Is Born spent two weeks at Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart and spawned the chart-topping single Shallow.
A look at some of the major nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards. The 91st Oscars will be held on February 24 at Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.
We've been paying close attention to the Best Original Score awards, as plenty of the heavyweights of '90s alt-rock have been making big moves this year.
"The academy is clearly honouring blockbuster films this year", he said, "and is acknowledging their contributions to the art of filmmaking and thus recognizing the level of talent involved".
Twenty times out of 29, the PGA award victor has gone on to take the best picture Oscar, including "The Shape of Water" past year. It's the fourth nomination for the veteran actor, and the second in a row following last year's "The Florida Project".
The academy rightfully recognized directors Spike Lee, Paweł Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuarón and Adam McKay in the best director category.
The announcement comes after the Academy already released the nominations for nine categories which included 'Best Foreign Film" and "Best Original Score'.
He definitely has a bright future behind the camera, but he'll have to wait for an Oscar nomination. No one is scheduled to host this year's ceremony. The 1954 and 1976 versions each got several Oscar nominations, but not for best picture.
The acclaimed documentary about the late Fred Rogers was nearly a lock to get an Oscar nomination.
In August, the Academy - under fire for being too elitist - announced it would add a "best popular film" award. While the late TV icon's documentary wasn't recognized by the academy, it's highly possible that his upcoming biopic, with Oscar victor Tom Hanks in the lead, will earn a nod or two.