Black Panther earns seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture

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January 23, 2019

However, it was a bit shocking-almost offensively so-to see Bradley Cooper missing from that list for A Star Is Born.

The 2019 Oscar nominations are in, and while stars like Lady Gaga, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and more all earned well-deserved nods, others who were expected to be nominated Tuesday morning didn't hear their name called.

The streaming giant, which has been disrupting traditional film and TV viewing habits for years, nabbed its first best picture Oscar nomination thanks to Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma".

The Motion Picture Cast Recording from A Star Is Born spent two weeks at Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart and spawned the chart-topping single Shallow.

Other nominees for Best Actor include Christian Bale for his performance in "Vice", Rami Malek for his role in "Bohemian Rhapsody", and Viggo Mortensen in "Green Book".

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Remarkably, the brilliant Morgan Neville documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor missed out on a nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

"After Do the Right Thing, I said, 'That's it.' You know?"

The addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" and the conversion therapy film "Boy Erased" may not have been anyone's front runners, but it was a little surprising that neither Timothee Chalamet nor Lucas Hedges got acting nominations.

The Oscars previous year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 percent and averaging 26.5 million viewers on ABC. These two nominations show that it has support from the acting branch of the Academy, which is by far the biggest.

For those who haven't been paying as close attention to the race as I have it may be tough to suss out what these Oscar nominations mean, and which films and performers were "snubbed" and which inclusions are surprises.

While Cooper got a nomination for best actor, he didn't join Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Lee in the best directing category.

This year, multiple controversies are plaguing the Oscars - none of them related to last year´s bombshell. No one is scheduled to host this year's ceremony. Still, "A Star Is Born" was the sole film to land top nominations from virtually every guild group.

Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

But the statistical quirks that the annual event throws up can be as intriguing as tracking which movies get the most nods.

In August, the Academy - under fire for being too elitist - announced it would add a "best popular film" award. Despite this recognition for the film, there was no Academy love for John David in the Lead Actor category.

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