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Oscar Noms 2019: ‘Black Panther’ Makes History, Spike Lee Scores First Best Director And Best Picture Nomination, And More

Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" becomes the first superhero film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.


The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were unveiled Tuesday morning, and there’s quite a few historical breakthroughs for Black talent this year. While there were also a good deal of disappointments (such as no Oscar nods for women directors), we’re celebrating the fact that Black Panther alone scored seven Oscar nominations – a strong contrast to the film’s three Golden Globe nominations and zero wins.

As the first-ever superhero film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, this is a historical moment for Black Panther. It’s competing in the Best Picture category with BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice.

Furthermore, today was also a groundbreaking moment for Hannah Beachler, the set designer of Black Panther’s mesmerizing fictional world Wakanda. Rightfully so, Beachler just became the first African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in production design. Ruth Carter, the Award-winning costume designer behind high-profile films such as Selma, Do the Right Thing, and Malcolm X, also earned an Oscar nod for Best Costume Design in Black Panther.

After over 30 years of filmmaking, Spike Lee has finally earned a Best Director and Best Picture nomination with BlacKkKlansman. This adds Lee to an exclusive club, as he is only the sixth Black filmmaker to be Oscar-nominated for directing, joining John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen, Barry Jenkins, and Jordan Peele.

While Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk was snubbed for Best Picture, Jenkins did earn a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Regina King scored her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film. Peter Ramsey’s Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse earned an Oscar nod for Best Animated Picture, and a win would be both historical and a monumental step forward for Black directors in animation.  

In another historic win, producer Gabriela Rodriguez became the first Hispanic woman to be nominated for Best Picture with Roma. This is also the first Netflix movie to receive a Best Picture nomination. 

Check out the full list of Oscar nominees below.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will premiere on Sunday, February 24th at 8 p.m. EST.


Best Picture


Black Panther


Bohemian Rhaposdy

The Favourite

Green Book


A Star is Born



Best Actor


Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book


Best Actress


Glenn Close, The Wife

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Best Supporting Actor


Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlackKklansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me

Sam Rockwell, Vice


Best Supporting Actress


Amy Adams, Vice

Marina De Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite


Best Director


Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice


Best Adapted Screenplay


Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star is Born

Best Original Screenplay


The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book




Best Cinematography


Cold War

The Favourite

Never Look Away


A Star Is Born


Best Animated Feature


Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


Best Costume Design


The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Black Panther

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Queen of Scots


Best Editing



Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green Book



Best Production Design


Black Panther

The Favourite

First Man

Mary Poppins Returns



Best Sound Editing


Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place



Best Sound Mixing


Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star Is Born

Documentary Feature


Free Solo

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Minding the Gap

Of Fathers and Sons



Documentary Short Subject


Black Sheep

End Game


A Night at the Garden

Period. End of Sentence.


Foreign Language Film


Never Look Away, Germany

Shoplifters, Japan

Capernaum, Lebanon

Roma, Mexico

Cold War, Poland


Makeup and Hairstyling



Mary Queen of Scots



Music (Original Score)


Black Panther


If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns


Music (Original Song)


“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

“All The Stars” from Black Panther

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns

“I’ll Fight” from RBG

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born


Animated Short Film


Animal Behaviour


Late Afternoon

One Small Step



Live Action Short Film








Visual Effects


Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ayanna Nicole

Hi! I’m Ayanna, a writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I also manage a book hub, which you can find on Instagram @bloomingliterature.

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