KU professor Kevin Willmott, who co-wrote 'BlacKkKlansman,' nominated for screenwriting Oscar


In the best picture category, "BlacKkKlansman" will contend with "Black Panther", the first comic-based film to be nominated in the category; "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "The Favourite"; controversy-plagued "Green Book"; "Roma", Netflix's first best picture nominee; "A Star Is Born"; and "Vice".

A lot of the nominees went as expected, including Best Picture, where the Academy members ended up nominating eight films in total, including: BlackKklansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, The Favourite Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice.

The Marvel epic had a huge morning, scoring seven nominations, but it was it's nod for best picture that made history. But let's have a look in a little more detail at some of the most shocking moments from the Oscars 2019 nominations...

For best actress, Glenn Close's momentum is soaring after her twin Globe and Critics' Choice wins for The Wife, in which she plays a woman author whose marriage boils over when her writer husband wins the Nobel Prize. Roma has ten nominations, including Best Picture, tying The Favourite for most of the year.

Spike Lee was named as one of the five best directors nominated for Best Director at this year's Academy Awards on Tueday.

Having widely seen films in the running could help boost ratings for the Oscars telecast. The 1954 and 1976 versions each got several Oscar nominations, but not for best picture. Typically the top honor stems from a build-up of other major category nominations, but the film saw itself removed from the Supporting Actor race, as Michael B. Jordan failed to show in the category, the Adapted Screenplay race, and the Visual Effects race, with Avengers: Infinity War taking over the designated Marvel spot portended by the Visual Effects Society's awards.

Staying with the Best Documentary category, Three Identical Strangers, the project directed by Tim Wardle which explores the remarkable story of triplets who became separated at birth but reunited years later, also misses out.

While de Tavira earned rave reviews for her performance, her co-star Yalitza Aparicio has been raking up most of the precursor nominations and awards. She also has yet to win.

Willmott and Lee's screenplay will go up against "A Star is Born", "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", "Can you Ever Forgive Me?" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" for the Oscar.

Margot Robbie missed out in the supporting actress category for Mary Queen Of Scots, despite landing a Bafta nomination.

Real name Stefani Germanotta, the singer and actress has been nominated both for her acting as music following her role as Aly in A Star Is Born. Interestingly, Mary J Blige is the first person to get this honour, and she did that just past year. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations, according to the film academy.