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Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk Snubbed for Best Director, Gets Only Three Oscar Nominations

Stephan James and KiKi Layne play a couple facing racial injustice during the 1970s in If Beale Street Could Talk.EXPAND
Stephan James and KiKi Layne play a couple facing racial injustice during the 1970s in If Beale Street Could Talk.
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It's been quite a year of firsts. An egg stole the prestige of Most Liked Instagram Photo. Flying cars debuted at CES 2019. Then there was the super blood wolf moon and Trump's long-lasting government shutdown.

As if we needed more news, this morning's announcement of the 91st Oscar nominations included both the expected and the unexpected. Actors Tracy Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani hosted the live stream, announcing who was up for the annual awards.

The biggest surprise of the list: Filmmaker and Miami native Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk snagged only three nominations: Original Score, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The flick was snubbed in key categories such as Best Picture and Best Director.

Jenkins, who cleaned up in 2017 with a film written by Miami's Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight, was expected to fare far better this year. Beale Street does something so inherently beautiful — its devastating narrative celebrates black love told in a series of hazy flashbacks. On the festival circuit, the film, whose actors Stephan James and KiKi Layne gave breathtaking life to their roles, was adored by audiences and critics alike.

But the motion picture was up against contenders that annihilated the box office, such as the top-grossing superhero film of all time, Black Panther; and one of the highest-grossing movie musicals of the past few years, A Star Is Born. To the 6,000 or so members of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, record-breaking productions are not easily ignored.

Alongside James, Ethan Hawke was also cast aside for a shot at Best Actor. Hawke's performance in First Reformed was revolutionary, and although he has a history of Oscar snubs, this should have been his year. Predictions for the actor's overdue success fell flat, and it was disappointing, to say the least.

Other toplines can be viewed in a more positive light. Black Panther made history as the first superhero movie to receive a nom for Best Picture. It snagged seven nods in total. Critical favorite Roma also walked away with a whopping ten nominations, tying with The Favourite for the most overall.

So now we head into preparations for the big day more confounded by the Academy than ever. As always, all bets are off with who will end up taking home the gilded statuettes.

Here's the full list of 2019 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

  • “BlacKkKlansman”
  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Green Book”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star Is Born”
  • “Vice”

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
  • Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
  • Adam McKay, “Vice”
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”

Best Actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”
  • Glenn Close, “The Wife”
  • Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
  • Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

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 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 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 Adapted Screenplay

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
  • “BlacKkKlansman” (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee)
  • “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Barry Jenkins)
  • “A Star Is Born” (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters)

Best Original Screenplay

  • “The Favourite,” Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
  • “First Reformed,” Paul Schrader
  • “Green Book,” Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
  • “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón
  • “Vice,” Adam McKay

Best Cinematography

  • “Cold War”
  • “The Favourite”
  • “Never Look Away”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star is Born”

Best Costume Design

  • “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Mary Zophres)
  • “Black Panther”(Ruth E. Carter)
  • “The Favourite” (Sandy Powell)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (Sandy Powell)
  • “Mary Queen of Scots” (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Film Editing

  • “BlacKkKlansman” (Barry Alexander Brown)
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” (John Ottman)
  • “The Favourite”(Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
  • “Green Book”(Patrick J. Don Vito)
  • “Vice” (Hank Corwin)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Border”
  • “Mary Queen of Scots”
  • “Vice”

Best Original Score

  • “Black Panther” (Ludwig Goransson)
  • “BlacKkKlansman” (Terence Blanchard)
  • “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Nicholas Britell)
  • Isle of Dogs” (Alexandre Desplat)
  • “Mary Poppins Returns” (Marc Shaiman)

Best Original Song

  • “All The Stars” from “Black Panther” by Kendrick Lamar, SZA
  • “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” by Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” by Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman
  • “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt and Benjamin Rice
  • “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” by Willie Watson, Tim Blake Nelson

Best Production Design

  • “Black Panther,” Hannah Beachler
  • “First Man,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas
  • “The Favourite,” Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
  • “Mary Poppins Returns,” John Myhre, Gordon Sim
  • “Roma,” Eugenio Caballero, Bárbara Enriquez

Best Sound Editing

  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “First Man”
  • “A Quiet Place”
  • “Roma”

Best Sound Mixing

  • “Black Panther”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • “First Man”
  • “Roma”
  • “A Star Is Born”

Best Visual Effects

  • “Avengers: Infinity War”
  • “Christopher Robin”
  • “First Man”
  • “Ready Player One”
  • “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Capernaum” (Lebanon)
  • “Cold War” (Poland)
  • “Never Look Away” (Germany)
  • “Roma” (Mexico)
  • “Shoplifters” (Japan)

Best Animated Feature

  • “Incredibles 2,” Brad Bird
  • Isle of Dogs,” Wes Anderson
  • “Mirai,” Mamoru Hosoda
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
  • “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Best Animated Short

  • “Animal Behavior”
  • “Bao”
  • “Late Afternoon”
  • “One Small Step”
  • “Weekends”

Best Documentary Feature

  • “Free Solo,” Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
  • “Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu
  • “Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
  • “RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Best Documentary Short

  • “Black Sheep,” Ed Perkins
  • “End Game,” Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
  • “Lifeboat,” Skye Fitzgerald
  • “A Night at the Garden,” Marshall Curry
  • “Period. End of Sentence.,” Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Live Action Short

  • “Detainment,” Vincent Lambe
  • “Fauve,” Jeremy Comte
  • “Marguerite,” Marianne Farley
  • “Mother,” Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  • “Skin,” Guy Nattiv

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