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'Black Panther,' 'BlacKkKlansman' And 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Score Big At 2019 Oscar Nominations

  • January 24, 2019
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The nominations for the 91st annual Academy Awards were announced this morning (January 22) in a presentation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani unveiling the nominees in 24 categories, highlighting the year’s best in film.

Among the recognized few, Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and If Beale Street Could Talk stood as the major contenders led by people of color.

In the biggest category of the event, Best Picture, the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther received a nomination and will compete against the likes of the Mahershala Ali-led Green Book, and the Spike Lee-directed BlacKkKlansman. Fellow blockbuster smashes A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody are also featured in the major category.

Furthermore, the superhero flick made history, becoming the first ever of the genre to receive an Oscar nomination in the coveted category.

In the categories for Best Actor And Actress in a Supporting Role, Mahershala Ali and Regina King were both recognized for their performances in Green Book and If Beale Street Could Talk, respectively.

The record-breaking Black Panther, in addition to Best Picture, was also nominated in six other categories including Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Original Song (“All the Stars” feat. Kendrick Lamar and SZA), Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design.

The 91st annual Academy Awards, which is currently host-free, is set to air at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 24, live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.

Take a look at the full list of 2019 nominees in major categories, below:

Best Picture

Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteGreen BookRomaA Star Is BornVice

Actress in a Leading Role

Yalitza AparicioGlenn CloseOlivia ColmanLady GagaMelissa McCarthy

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian BaleBradley CooperWillem DafoeRami MalekViggo Mortensen


BlacKkKlansmanCold WarThe FavouriteRomaVice

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Green BookAdam Driver, BlacKkKlansmanSam Elliott, A Star Is BornRichard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?Sam Rockwell, Vice

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, ViceMarina de Tavira, RomaRegina King, If Beale Street Could TalkEmma Stone, The FavouriteRachel Weisz, The Favourite

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad Of Buster ScruggsBlacKkKlansmanCan You Ever Forgive Me?If Beale Street Could TalkA Star Is Born

Original Screenplay

The FavouriteFirst ReformedGreen BookRomaVice


Cold WarThe FavouriteNever Look AwayRomaA Star Is Born

Production Design

Black PantherThe FavouriteFirst ManMary Poppins ReturnsRoma

Costume Design

The Ballad Of Buster ScruggsBlack PantherThe FavouriteMary Poppins ReturnsMary Queen Of Scots

Film Editing

BlacKkKlansmanBohemian RhapsodyThe FavouriteGreen BookVice

Foreign Language Film

CapernaumCold WarNever Look AwayRomaShoplifters

Documentary Feature

Free SoloHale CountyMinding the GapOf Fathers and SonsRBG

Documentary Short Subject

Black SheepEnd GameLifeboatA Night at the GardenPeriod. End Of Sentence

Animated Feature Film

Incredibles 2Isle Of DogsMiraiRalph Breaks the InternetSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Animated Short Film

Animal BehaviorBaoLate AfternoonOne Small StepWeekends

Live Action Short Film


Original Score

Black PantherBlacKkKlansmanIf Beale Street Could TalkIsle Of DogsMary Poppins Returns

Original Song

All The Stars, Black PantherI’ll Fight, RBGThe Place Where Lost Things Go, MPRShallow, A Star Is BornWhen A Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, Buster Scruggs

Visual Effects

Avengers: Infinity WarChristopher RobinFirst ManReady Player OneSolo: A Star Wars Story

Makeup and Hairstyling

BorderMary Queen of ScotsVice

Sound Editing

Black PantherBohemian RhapsodyFirst ManA Quiet PlaceRoma

Sound Mixing

Black PantherBohemian RhapsodyFirst ManRomaA Star Is Born

After the news of the nominations was released, If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King, Barry Jenkins and Nicholas Britell also all shared their initial thoughts on their respective nominations.

Regina King, Best Actress in a Suppprting Role:

“Wow, wow, wow. The word I keep coming back to is proud. Proud of our cast and crew with all the work we put into this amazing, yet still timely story. I’m grateful to Barry Jenkins for creating this beautiful role out of the great James Baldwin’s words. Collaborating with Barry has been a highlight of my career and this recognition is icing on the cake! And thank you to The Academy!”

Barry Jenkins, Best Adapted Screenplay:

“It’s such an honor to be in the company of peers and legends I admire. And even more, it fills my heart to have James Baldwin’s name and work associated with the Academy I’m proud to be a member of. On behalf of the Beale Street family, my endless thanks to the Academy for once again acknowledging me, my friends and James Baldwin.”

Nicholas Britell, Best Original Score:

“I am so thrilled to be nominated for the score of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK. It is also a true honor to be nominated along with Barry Jenkins and Regina King. I am filled with so much gratitude to Barry and to our whole Beale Street team. It has been such a profound experience to work on this film and to be a part of bringing James Baldwin’s novel to the screen. I am truly overwhelmed by this and can’t express enough how humbled I am by this nomination!”

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photos from left: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards, Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images, Jesse Grant/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

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