Watch Yalitza Aparacio Find Out She Got Nominated for an Oscar

Watch Yalitza Aparacio Find Out She Got Nominated for an Oscar

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been revealed, and the countdown to Oscars night is now well and truly underway. "Human experience is one in the same, and it's so gratifying that a black and white film about life in Mexico is being celebrated around the world". Mahershala Ali, who is black, was nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in "Green Book". As for whether this snub hampers A Star Is Born's chances to win Best Picture, it's only happened four times in the long history of Oscar that a Best Picture victor had no Best Director nomination (the last was for Argo in 2012).

Even the most rosy predictions for Netflix's Oscar chances on nomination morning probably didn't envision a haul quite this abundant. After making a concerted effort this year towards campaigning - including a push into theatrical distribution that Netflix had previously eschewed - it paid off with Netflix's first Best Picture and Best Director nominations. A Star is Born didn't get as much love as expected, Green Book is in contention but Peter Farrelly didn't get a directing nomination, while Spike Lee did AND got his first Best Picture nomination.

FILE PHOTO: The 75th Venice International Film Festival - Screening of the film "Roma" competing in the Venezia 75 section - Red Carpet Arrivals - Venice, Italy, August 30, 2018 - Director Alfonso Cuaron with actors Yalitza Aparicio, Nancy Garcia and Marina de Tavira pose.

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).

One question looming over the nominations is whether the Motion Picture Academy will break with tradition and nominate a superhero movie for Best Picture.

For best actor, Rami Malek, who is Egyptian-American, was nominated for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody."

This image released by Netflix shows Yalitza Aparicio in a scene from the film "Roma", by filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron. The rom-com starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding broke box office records after it opened in August, and went on to earn Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations.

Notably, the academy expanded the number of best-picture nominees for precisely this reason, after "The Dark Knight" failed to secure a best-picture nomination a decade ago. Shortly after being announced as host, Kevin Hart was forced to withdraw over years-old homophobic tweets that the comedian eventually apologized for. A few months ago, we thought A Star is Born was the assured frontrunner.

The Oscars previous year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 percent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.

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