Oscars snub Bradley Cooper as director, 'Beale Street' as best picture

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Another director shut out of the category was Peter Farrelly, despite his film Green Book picking up nods for best picture, best actor and best supporting actor.

However, after much backlash about representation of women and ethnic minorities over the past few years, there are yet again no women nominated in the best director category - meaning Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010, will remain the only female victor of the prize for another year at least.

That bounty is led by "Black Panther", which earned a sensational $700 million at the domestic box office. This is the year we could get #JusticeForSpike, the year a weird lady-led historical drama about gossip could win big, the year we're nearly guaranteed another magnificent Regina King speech, the Year Of Black Panther, the year the Academy finally embraced the future of film. Remarkably, his nod for BlacKkKlansman is his first ever in the category.

The inclusion of popular films contrasted with the past few years when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences favoured independent dramas with small audiences and snubbed commercial successes such as Wonder Woman.

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Whoever the host may or may not turn out to be, the 91st Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8/7c. Coogler can still take pride in leading the first superhero movie to ever make the Best Picture lineup. (Side-note: Coogler was not nominated this year, which is unfortunate). What film won best film of 1989?

Foreign language film: Germany's "Never Look Away"; Japan's "Shoplifters"; Lebanon's "Capernaum"; Mexico's "Roma"; Poland's "Cold War".

Roma's best picture nomination, meanwhile, marks the first time a Netflix title has been shortlisted for the top prize.

After 2008's "The Dark Knight" failed to get a nomination, there were concerns that Academy members had become too esoteric in their tastes.

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Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o, who stars in the film, posted footage on Twitter of the cast celebrating when excerpts from the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con. It helped that "Titanic" was the highest- grossing movie in history at that time. And they left two open spots on the Best Picture possible-field-of-ten which DEFINITELY should have been filled this year. "I thought, 'You know what?" And yet, despite this change, it still took another decade before a superhero flick would lock down that coveted Best Picture nom. Why? Then came Black Panther. It's hard to say. One shock to the Oscars Best Picture system, however, is Moonlight director Barry Jenkins's If Beale Street Could Talk - or rather the lack thereof. That was in 1991.

"There are a few films now in theaters that could see a nice boost as their studios may chose to expand them into more locations in reaction to major nominations", Dergarabedian said. Black Panther deserves its praise for changing the game.

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

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