This morning the 2019 Academy Award nominations were finally announced, and as always, there were some snubs and surprises. Can you believe that movie you liked didn't get any nominations? And can you believe that movie you didn't like or didn't see did? Ugh! So unfair.
A few nominations actually made Oscars history, which I hope they teach in high schools because it is the only history that matters. Lady Gaga, who was born to star in A Star Is Born, became the first person to to be nominated for Best Actress and Best Song. Alfonso Cuarón became the first person to be nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematographer for the same movie, Roma, which you'll get around to watching on Netflix one of these nights. (Maybe.) And Marvel's Black Panther became the first superhero film to get nominated for Best Picture. (Go ahead, do your Wakanda salute. Nobody's watching.)
Black Panther tells the story of T'Challa, the heir to the hidden city of Wakanda, an African country that is very technologically advanced. The villain, Killmonger, believes Wakanda should share their amazing tech with the world, rather than live in isolation, treating others as enemies. A timely story, considering the raging debate in America over whether to build a wall at the US-Mexico border. (Donald Trump would probably love the first 2/3 of Black Panther, and hate the last third.)
Due to the Academy's genre bias, comic book movies typically get relegated to the technical categories. After excellent superhero films like Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight got snubbed, it's refreshing to see one get Oscars love. Black Panther received seven total nominations: best costume design, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, original score and original song (All The Stars, by Kendrick Lamar and SZA), and best picture, where it will compete against BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice.
Unfortunately, Best Thirst Trap is not a category, but if it was, Michael B. Jordan would totally have been nominated. One teenager became so excited during his shirtless scene that she bit through her retainer. (Don't worry, Michael offered to replace it.)
On Twitter, Black Panther cast members tweeted their excitement over the nominations. (And probably braced themselves for a lifetime of fans greeting them with the Wakanda salute.) When told about the historic news, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Heat Vision, "It's gratifying. The cultural impact the movie has had for almost a year now, all leads to this moment."
In other comic book movie love: Sony's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was nominated for best animated feature, while Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War was nominated for best visual effects. In August, the Academy announced it would create a Best Popular Film category. However, after everyone on Twitter roasted them, they were like "nah, never mind, just kidding!"
The Academy Awards airs February 24 on ABC, and there is no host, after the Kevin Hart debacle.