Friday, January 25, 2019


As the year 2019 proceeds through the last few weeks of January, followers of the awards season have been keeping tabs on which movies, TV programs, theatre productions, songs, and everything else connected to these, will be nominated in the upcoming awards ceremonies across the various genres of entertainment. One of the biggest draws has got to be the premier award for the motion picture industry, the Academy Awards. At least that is how it should were it not for controversies in film nominees, choice in host, and so on. The Academy (AMPAS) has promised to make some changes in which movies get nominated this time. Apparently they meant it.
CNN reports that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has at last announced which films from 2018, their stars and producers, have been nominated for a chance to bring home an Oscar statuette or more at the 91st Academy Awards. The announcement was done at in the morning of Tuesday, January 22 (local time), at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Actors Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross presented the nominees; and those who got to watch the 76th Golden Globes earlier this month will recognize some film titles and names.
The Best Picture list for instance looks like a “best of the best” compilation of choice films from the Drama and Comedy/Musical ends of the Golden Globe Best Picture. Marvel’s “Black Panther” is certainly celebrating not having to be put in the postponed “Popular Picture” category, and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “BlacKkKlansman”, “Green Book”, “Vice” and “A Star is Born” round up the nominees here. The one unique addition is Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma”, a Mexican film that is both on this list and “Best Foreign Language Film”. Top Oscar honor aside, the other nominations for “Black Panther” fall only on technical categories.
Again, the nominees for Best Actor and Actress, and the Supporting Roles, are for the most part doing it all over again from the Golden Globes: Rami Malek, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy, Mahershala Ali, Amy Adams and so on. The Animated Feature film category also sees a rematch between Disney and Pixar’s 2018 offerings against Sony’ “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. In summation, “Roma” and the Fox Searchlight Pictures period film “The Favourite” tie at 10 nominations apiece for the most. “Black Panther” seems pitted against Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” for some Music-related categories.
The 91st Oscars awarding ceremonies are set to be held February 24 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, televised on ABC. There will be no masters of ceremonies; instead the program will have a rotating roster of award presenters.
Image courtesy of Awards Daily


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