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And the Nominees Are...


And the Nominees Are…

A look a the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards.

This morning, the nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. Honoring the best films of 2018, we at AiPT! figured we ought to cover it and recognize the familiar faces that appeared. Below is the complete listing of the nominees. We will find out the winners on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

And the Nominees Are...
Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book.

Best Picture

Best Picture is the most prestigious award of the night, given to the producers of the film. This year’s nominees are:

Black Panther – Kevin Feige

BlacKkKlansman – Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Shaun Redick, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee

Bohemian Rhapsody – Graham King

The Favourite – Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Yorgos Lanthimos

Green Book – Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga

Roma – Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón

A Star Is Born – Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor

Vice – Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin Messick, and Adam McKay

Best Director

The second most prestigious award of the night. Of note, no African-American has ever won this award. Will Spike Lee be the first for BlacKkKlansman?

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Best Live Action Short Film

The short film categories are usually the hardest to track down, but theaters around the country will typically make an attempt to show the shorts as a single group. Below are the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film.

Detainment – Vincent Lambe

Fauve – Jeremy Comte

Marguerite – Marianne Farlay

Mother – Antonio Costa

Skin – Guy Nattiv

Best Animated Short Film

Animal Behaviour – Alison Snowden and David Fine

Bao – Domee Shi

Late Afternoon – Louise Bagnall

One Small Step – Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas

Weekends – Trevor Jimenez

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Black Sheep – Ed Perkins

End Game – Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Lifeboat – Skye Fitzgerald

A Night at the Garden – Marshall Curry

Period. End of Sentence. Rayka Zehtabchi

Best Documentary – Feature

As one can imagine from the title, this award goes to the best feature-length documentary film.

Free Solo – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross

Minding the Gap – Bing Liu and Diane Moy Quon

Of Fathers and Sons – Talal Derki

RBG – Julie Cohen and Betsy West

And the Nominees Are...
Yalitza Aparicio in Roma.

Best Foreign Language Film

This award honors the best films not in the English Language. The award honors the country of origin as a whole, rather than a singular creator, though the director of the film accepts the award.

Capernaum – Lebanon, (dir. Nadine Labaki)

Cold War – Poland (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski)

Never Look Away – Germany (dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

Roma – Mexico (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

Shoplifters – Japan (dir. Hirozaku Kore-eda)

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Animated Feature Film

This award goes to the directors of the best animated feature. While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the favorite, don’t count Disney/Pixar out. The sister studios have won 12 out of the 17 times that this award has been handed out (the last film to win that wasn’t Disney or Pixar was 2011’s Rango).T

Incredibles 2 – Brad Bird

Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson

Mirai – Mamoru Hosoda

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite – Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara

First Reformed – Paul Schrader

Green Book – Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, & Nick Vallelonga

Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

Vice – Adam McKay

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Joel Cohen & Ethan Cohen

BlacKkKlansman – Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Based on the book by Lee Israel

If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins, Based on the novel by James Baldwin

A Star is Born – Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, Based on a story by William Wellman and Robert Carson

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Glenn Close in The Wife

Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, Roma, as Cleo

Glenn CloseThe Wife, as Joan Castleman

Olivia ColmanThe Favourite, as Queen Anne

Lady GagaA Star Is Born – Ally Maine

Melissa McCarthyCan You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel

Best Actor

Christian BaleVice as Dick Cheney

Bradley CooperA Star Is Born as Jackson Maine

Willem DafoeAt Eternity’s Gate as Vincent van Gogh

Rami MalekBohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury

Viggo MortensenGreen Brook as Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala AliGreen Book as Don Shirley

Adam DriverBlacKkKlansman as Flip Zimmerman

Sam ElliottA Star Is Born as Boby Maine

Richard E. GrantCan You Ever Forgive Me? as Jack Hock

Sam RockwellVice as George W. Bush

Best Supporting Actress

Amy AdamsVice as Lynne Cheney

Regina KingIf Beale Street Could Talk as Sharon Rivers

Mariana de TaviraRoma as Sofia

Emma StoneThe Favourite as Abigail Hill

Rachel WeiszThe Favourite as Sarah Churchill

Best Sound Editing

The sound awards often confuse people, both in the industry and outside it. Sound Editing is the award for the recording and creating the sounds you hear in a film (with the exception of the score).

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place


Best Sound Mixing

The award for Sound Mixing is the combining and balancing of the layers of sound in the film.

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man


A Star Is Born

Best Film Editing

BlacKkKlansman – Barry Alexander Brown

Bohemian Rhapsody – John Ottman

The Favourite – Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Green Book – Patrick J. Don Vito

Vice – Hank Corwin

Best Original Score

One of my personal favorite aspects of film, this award goes to the composer of a film’s musical score.

Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson

BlacKkKlansman – Terence Blanchard

If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell

Isle of Dogs – Alexandre Desplat

Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born

Best Original Song

The Best Original Song category is awarded to the songwriters. Performers only receive credit if they contributed to the writing of the music or lyrics of a song.

“When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

“All the Stars” from Black Panther – Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Al Shuckburgh, Mark Spears, and Anthony Tiffith

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns – Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman

“I’ll Fight” from RBG – Diane Warren

“Shallow” from A Star Is Born – Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt

Best Production Design

Set design and implementation is at the heart of this award which goes to both the Production Designer and the Set Decorator.

Black Panther – Production Design by Hannah Beachler, Set Decoration by Jay Hart

The Favourite – Production Design by Fiona Crombie, Set Decoration by Alice Felton

First Man – Production Design by Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration by Kathy Lucas

Mary Poppins Returns – Production Design by John Myhre, Set Decoration by Gordon Sim

Roma – Production Design by Eugenio Caballero, Set Decoration by Bárbara Enríquez

Best Costume Design

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Mary Zophres

The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell

Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne

Best Makeup & Hairstyling


Mary Queen of Scots


Best Cinematography

Cold War – Łukasz Żal

The Favourite – Robbie Ryan

Never Look Away – Caleb Deschanel

Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

A Star Is Born – Matthew Libatique

Best Visual Effects

One of the few categories where genre films have been warmly welcomed, this award often rewards innovation in technique as well as overall quality in effects.

Avengers: Infinity War

Christopher Robin

First Man

Ready Player One

Solo: A Star Wars Story


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