‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Lead Oscar Music Nominations

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The 2019 Oscars nominations will be announced Tuesday starting at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) are hosting the announcement live from the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

"Roma" also faces an uphill climb because no foreign-language film has ever won the best picture prize. The film is nominated for best picture - a first for a superhero film. And they left two open spots on the Best Picture possible-field-of-ten which DEFINITELY should have been filled this year. Cuaron was nominated for direction and cinematography, while Yalitza Aparicio was recognized for her lead performance and Marina de Tavira, who plays the family matriarch, got a supporting-actress nomination.

Hollywood woke to the news of the highly-anticipated Oscar nominations. De Tavira was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the acclaimed black and white film.

Sometimes, a little money - well, maybe a lot of money - can go a long way.Netflix has spent billions of dollars acquiring and producing content, and hundreds of millions more promoting those movies and series.

In the Best Director category, the absence of Cooper cleared the way for Pawel Pawlikowski in Cold War, who is competing against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Adam McKay for Vice and Cuaron for Roma, who has dominated the awards circuit this year.

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In the Best Actress category, Roma breakout Yalitza Aparicio will join Close, Gaga, Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? and critical darling Olivia Colman for The Favourite.

Netflix also collected nominations for "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", a Coen Brothers film.

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For many pundits, the thousands of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are at a crossroads: do they go with Cuaron´s auteur masterpiece, or a quality crowd-pleaser that raked in oodles of money? "It ticks off enough boxes to make people feel okay about themselves supporting it", she said, referring to the Marvel film´s mainly black cast, black director and boffo box-office numbers. I expected it to compete in the craft categories despite losing momentum as an overall leading contender, though I am surprised it didn't get a score nomination. Still, the heightened rooting interest that might come from seeing possible nominees "Black Panther" and the Lady Gaga showcase "A Star is Born" might at least help prevent further erosion, and perhaps even lure back some lost viewers. A few months ago, we thought A Star is Born was the assured frontrunner.

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