The biggest snubs and surprises of the 2019 Oscar nominations

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After Kumail Nanjiani announced her name, the Roma star, who according to the Los Angeles Times is the "first Indigenous woman to be nominated for lead actress, and just the second Mexican actress to be recognized in that category" (after Salma Hayek for her performance in Frida), tweeted, "I was extremely happy when I woke up very early today (local time)".

Here's a pleasant surprise: Alfonso Cuarón's gorgeous black-and-white drama Roma has always been an awards season frontrunner, but most of the attention has focused on Cuarón (who scored nods for best original screenplay, best director, and best cinematography, as well as best picture and best foreign language film). Notably, the film has no reported box office grosses -a remarkable footnote in the history of the Academy Awards.The streaming service's The Ballad of Buster Scruggs also performed surprisingly well, grabbing three nominations, including best adapted screenplay and original song. Will "Roma" be Netflix´s first contender for the Academy´s top prizes? In getting a Best Director nod without a corresponding Best Picture nomination, Cold War joins the 2014 Bennett Miller film Foxcatcher as the only two films in the expanded Best Picture era to pull that off.

"There has never been a foreign-language Oscar hopeful that has had the support that this one has", Feinberg said.

With one big exception, which Duana will be posting about later, this morning's Oscar nominations are nearly entirely acceptable.

Sometimes, a little money - well, maybe a lot of money - can go a long way.Netflix has spent billions of dollars acquiring and producing content, and hundreds of millions more promoting those movies and series. Director Alfonso Cuarón was also nominated for best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.

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Twenty times out of 29, the PGA award victor has gone on to take the best picture Oscar, including "The Shape of Water" previous year. The Academy went in on Netflix this year.

Roma is playing in select theaters and streaming on Netflix.

The nominees for best supporting actress are Amy Adams ("Vice"), Marina De Tavira ("Roma"), Regina King ("If Beale Street Could Talk"), Emma Stone ("The Favourite") and Rachel Weisz ("The Favourite"). But in a surprise move, Cooper was excluded from the directors' category.

Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book are considered to be front runners in the race for Best Picture after both took home top honors at the Golden Globes.

While B-Coop was acknowledged for playing the alcoholic rock star in his remake of A Star Is Born, his directing talents were unrecognized.

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