2019 Oscar Nominations

It’s that time of year again, the biggest award in cinematography and we’re here to give you guys the list of melanated nominees. Every year there’s this breath we hold in as we await the Oscar nominations with one question in mind: Will we have to boycott the award show again this year?

It’s clear the Acadamy is trying to do better by having Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announce the nominees this morning, racking in their diversity points. We can say that this year has more diversity in the nominees than we’ve seen in previous years, and in no particular order here is the list of movies nominated that include or predominantly feature black creatives on screen or behind the scenes.

Black Panther nominated for seven awards this year including:

  • Best Picture - Kevin Feige

  • Costume Design- by Ruth Carter

  • Music (Original Score) - by Ludwig Göransson

  • Music (Original Song) - “All the Stars” Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA

  • Production Design - Hannah Beachler for Production Design; Jay Hart for Set Decoration

  • Sound Editing - by Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker

  • Sound Production - by Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin

You, like the rest of us, might have expected some of the cast to receive nominations for their roles in the movie that shook the world, e.g. Michael B. Jordan who said he had to seek therapy to get our of the head-space he was in as Eric Killmonger, but you can’t deny the costumes and the score were lit.

Green Book, though this film received criticism for its tone-deaf and unrealistic portrayal of the relationship between Dr. Donald Waldridge Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortenson), is up for five Oscars:

  • Best Picture - Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga (Tony Vallelonga’s son)

  • Actor in a leading role - Viggo Mortenson

  • Actor in a supporting role - Mahershala Ali

  • Film Editing - by Patrick J. Don Vito

  • Writing (Original Screenplay) - by Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly

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If Beale Street Could Talk originally written by James Baldwin, adapted by Barry Jenkins, has had a great reception taking home seven awards since it’s release at the end of 2018; and now it has three Oscars nominations:

  • Actress in a supporting role - Regina King

  • Music (Original Score) - by Nicholas Britell

  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - by Barry Jenkins

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BlacKkKlansman directed and written by Spike Lee is up for six nominations, none of which include John David Washington who played the role of Ron Stallworth, but we have to say this might be the one movie with the most diversity behind the scene this year. The nominations include:

  • Best Picture - Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield

  • Actor in Supporting Role - Adam Driver

  • Directing - by Spike Lee

  • Film Editing - by Barry Alexander Brown

  • Music (Original Score) - Terence Blanchard

  • Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz

The Academy Awards is set to air February 24th at 5pm pacific time and 8 pm eastern time, you can follow us on Twitter to watch along as we live-tweet the show!

Congratulations to all the nominees this year, and well done to all those who contributed to these movies but weren’t mentioned in the nominations.

And in the words of Issa Rae: