Spike Lee just got nominated for his first ever Best Director Oscar

Many felt Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was robbed in 2009 when it was not nominated in the Best Picture category.

One of the most buzzed-about films is "Roma" from Alfonso Cuaron - a black and white ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City that took home two Golden Globes, including best director.

Also atop the list is "A Star Is Born", the latest iteration of the classic musical romance led by the powerhouse duo of actor-director Bradley Cooper and pop diva Lady Gaga.

Just ask songwriter Diane Warren, who has her 10th nomination in the best song category for her contribution to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG.

In the supporting actor category, Elliott will go head-to-head with Green Book star Mahershala Ali, who took home a Golden Globe. Although it dominated the 2018 film landscape (both at the box office and in cultural influence), many awards prognosticators wondered whether the Academy would choose to recognize it, especially since the Oscars have historically overlooked blockbuster fare. An Oscar win would burnish Netflix's credibility as a go-to place for top-tier original films.

Given the fact that Julie Andrews won an Oscar for her Mary Poppins in 1965, Blunt perhaps has reason to feel slighted - although at least she has this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards. where she is nominated twice, as a consolation. Last year, James Mangold and Michael Green had a break through as they received the Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Hugh Jackman's "Logan".

The season's steadiest contender - Cooper's "A Star Is Born" - looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat. And in this year's slate of nominees, music-themed movies did very well. 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. Then as the various guilds started to weigh in, TIFF People's Choice victor Green Book surged ahead, winning not only at the Golden Globes but also the top trophy from the Producers Guild Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars.

Up for Best Actress are Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

Thompson explains that it's tricky to determine what causes a song to win, but he's noticed that, though it's not a requirement, a lot of the Best Original Song winners over the years have been ones woven into the movies.

The lead-up to the nominations has been rocky for the film academy.

  • Gwendolyn Kim