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Posted January 23, 2019

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.

- This is the second of Hollywood's four versions of "A Star Is Born", to get a best picture nomination, along with the 1937 original.

However, after much backlash about representation of women and ethnic minorities over the past few years, there are yet again no women nominated in the best director category - meaning Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010, will remain the only female victor of the prize for another year at least.

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly each failed to net a nomination, potentially scuppering the Best Picture chances of A Star is Born and Green Book respectively.

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Despite having directed over two dozen features, including a prolific string of modern classics like Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn and 25th Hour, Spike has been passed over year after year by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, even as some of his films have been nominated in other categories.

Given the fact that Julie Andrews won an Oscar for her Mary Poppins in 1965, Blunt perhaps has reason to feel slighted - although at least she has this weekend's Screen Actors Guild Awards. where she is nominated twice, as a consolation.

On Feb. 24, winners will be crowned at the 91st Academy Awards. Lee has previously been nominated in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Documentary Feature categories.

- No women were nominated for best director this year.

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Timothee Chalamet has not been nominated this year.

Willmott and Lee's screenplay will go up against "A Star is Born", "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs", "Can you Ever Forgive Me?" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" for the Oscar. Joel Edgerton also missed out on Best Director for Boy Erased.

Take Spike Lee, who has finally got his first best director nod for BlacKkKlansman after three decades of incendiary, albeit erratic brilliance. Stars like Gaga and Sam Sam Elliott, who earned a nod for supporting actor, have raved about working with the young director.

For those who haven't been paying as close attention to the race as I have it may be tough to suss out what these Oscar nominations mean, and which films and performers were "snubbed" and which inclusions are surprises. No one is scheduled to host this year's ceremony. Now, a decade later, Black Panther has done what The Dark Knight could not. Blunt was forced to remain silent for most of the movie.

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He's the son of two-time Academy Award victor Denzel Washington, so there's likely gold in his blood.

The academy attempted to address the issue in August by proposing a new popular film category.

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