How 'Black Panther' Makes History With Its Best Picture Oscar Nomination

2019 Oscars nominations: Full list of 91st Academy Awards nominees

The nominations were announced on Tuesday in the pre-dawn hours in Hollywood by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.

After strong buzz for "Star is Born", the films with the most nominations were Netflix Inc's Spanish-language drama "Roma" and British period comedy "The Favourite" from 21st Century Fox, with 10 apiece. Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly each failed to net a nomination, potentially scuppering the Best Picture chances of A Star is Born and Green Book respectively.

While blockbuster movie "Black Panther" scored seven nominations, including one for best picture, director Ryan Coogler did not make it into the slate of directing nominees. Paul Schrader, the 72-year-old "Taxi Driver" scribe, was nominated for his first Oscar for the script to his religious thriller "First Reformed". The Ballad of Buster Scruggs scored three surprise nominations, so Roma is not a one-off, and Netflix racked up thirteen total nominations, including their first Best Picture nod.

The bookmakers have been saying for a week or so now that Roma is the favourite to win Best Picture. The "BlacKkKlansman" filmmaker, an outspoken critic of the film academy, was first nominated in 1990 for the screenplay of "Do the Right Thing". While Widows initially generated early Oscars buzz due to its all-star cast and excellent storytelling, as well as Steve McQueen's directing, this film just didn't click with academy voters. While Cooper received nominations in the best actor and best picture categories, it would've been nice to see him recognized for impressively directing his first feature film.

One of the most talked-about snubs from the morning was the omission from the Best Documentary Feature category of the beloved Mr. Rogers doc "Won't You Be My Neighbor", which was the year's biggest non-fiction hit (it made more than $21 million at the box office).

"We are honored to receive our first Best Picture nomination and so many other firsts this morning", said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. 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. Aparicio became the first indigenous woman to be nominated for lead actress, and just the second Mexican actress to be recognized in that category. Many had predicted that first-time performer Yalitza Aparicio might sneak the fifth slot on the Best Actress list, but nobody had called Marina de Tavira for the Best Supporting Actress slot that many had reserved for Claire Foy's work in First Man. She also has yet to win.

Margot Robbie missed out in the supporting actress category for Mary Queen Of Scots, despite landing a Bafta nomination.

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But, Thor believes "A Star is Born" is the favourite. Should this groundbreaking nomination have been given to an earlier film?

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