Awards experts consider "Roma" a front-runner to win best picture at the Oscars ceremony on February 24, though they say it has hurdles to overcome. However, since the release of Black Panther, celebrities, critics and nearly everyone in Hollywood was in the favour of the Chadwick Boseman-starrer to find a nomination at the Best Picture and it finally did today.
Especially after facing racist attacks online, Aparicio knew that landing an Oscar nomination would have a tremendous impact on her community. Will "Roma" be Netflix´s first contender for the Academy´s top prizes?
And though Netflix did put both movies in theaters-in a very limited, four-walled way-I wonder if the convenience of their release platform actually worked in their favor this time.
On Tuesday, Spanish-language drama "Roma" from director Alfonso Cuarón also became the first film distributed by a streaming service to earn a spot in the coveted best picture category.More news: Kamala Harris makes stop at Penn Station after announcing presidential bid
More news: China and NASA shared data about historic moon landing
More news: US military announces start of troop withdrawal from Syria
One question looming over the nominations is whether the Motion Picture Academy will break with tradition and nominate a superhero movie for Best Picture. With 10 total nominations - including surprise nods in Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress - director Alfonso Cuaron's Roma leads all nominated films, in a tie with the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite.
The nominees for best actor are Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale ("Vice"), Willem Dafoe ("At Eternity's Gate"), Rami Malek ("Bohemian Rhapsody") and Viggo Mortensen ("Green Book"). The film's Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira also earned individual honors in the lead actress and supporting actress categories, respectively.
Up for best supporting actor are: Mahershala Ali ("Green Book"), Adam Driver ("BlacKkKlansman"), Sam Elliott ("A Star Is Born"), Richard E. Grant ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?") and Sam Rockwell ("Vice"). Comedian Kevin Hart was initially booked for the gig, but old homophobic tweets on his Twitter feed and the ensuing controversy caused him to resign, leaving the spot empty.
Lee has a chance to take home the trophy for best director, best picture and best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman", which was nominated in three other categories. But the bigger shock was the absence of Justin Hurwitz, who has already won the Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics awards for his score for "First Man", but was left off Oscar's top-five list. The late Gil Cates - who produced the telecast 14 times - was fond of saying it's the unplanned moments that people remember most, which only come courtesy of "the award-show gods".