The Academy got most Oscar Nominations right

The Oscars will be held on February 24 this year and producers have faced a challenging few months to get there

Here's a pleasant surprise: Alfonso Cuarón's gorgeous black-and-white drama Roma has always been an awards season frontrunner, but most of the attention has focused on Cuarón (who scored nods for best original screenplay, best director, and best cinematography, as well as best picture and best foreign language film). A Star Is Born had been considered a frontrunner throughout awards season, and with 8 nominations, it still had a very robust showing this morning, but Cooper was only able to cash in on his Best Actor buzz, not Best Director. Will "Roma" be Netflix´s first contender for the Academy´s top prizes? In 2014, "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen took home the award for best picture, but not best director.

Even the most rosy predictions for Netflix's Oscar chances on nomination morning probably didn't envision a haul quite this abundant.

Only a handful of women of color have been nominated for best actress. This film in many ways, in my life, has been a before and after. "This kind of visibility pushes our industry forward and creates more opportunity for new voices and perspectives to emerge". Some several minutes later, her co-star Yalitza Aparicio, as the family's maid, Cleo, was nominated for Best Actress.

Netflix's milestone comes just five years after the streamer earned its first-ever Oscar nomination in the best documentary feature category for "The Square".

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Of course, on Oscars night, the focus will revert to the nominees, and the red carpet glamour. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs scored three surprise nominations, so Roma is not a one-off, and Netflix racked up thirteen total nominations, including their first Best Picture nod.

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. The fifth spot in Supporting Actress was open (after you figure Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Regina King as locks), and it looked to be Foy's, but that nomination did not materialize. She remains the only black woman to receive the honor.

There are always surprises in the Oscars' original song and original score categories, and this year is no exception: There were no nods for Dolly Parton or "First Man". The 2018 Oscars can do what the 1989 Oscars didn't and recognize Spike Lee as one of the best American filmmakers working today. Mahershala Ali, who is black, was nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in "Green Book". Will "A Star Is Born" rebound from a thumping at the Golden Globes?

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