Oscar nominations 2019: Bradley Cooper is snubbed for Best Director

After a wild award season full of controversies surrounding Oscar hosts and never-ending scandals from Green Book, the Academy Award nominations are finally here. 

But did A Star is Born shine as bright as expected, and can Green Book hold on to its front-runner status? 

Bradley Cooper was easily the biggest snub of the morning, missing out on the Best Director race despite receiving nominations in many of the season’s biggest awards. 

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Bradley Cooper was one of the biggest snubs of the Oscar race as he missed out on a Best Director nomination on Tuesday 

Bradley Cooper was one of the biggest snubs of the Oscar race as he missed out on a Best Director nomination on Tuesday 

Bradley Cooper was one of the biggest snubs of the Oscar race as he missed out on a Best Director nomination on Tuesday 

Some critics believed Cooper had the chance to score four nominations for the same film, a feat that has only been pulled off three times in Oscar history – once by Orson Welles and twice by Warren Beatty. 

Green Book's Peter Farrelly was also left out of the Best Director race, just weeks after his past sexual misconduct was revealed 

Green Book's Peter Farrelly was also left out of the Best Director race, just weeks after his past sexual misconduct was revealed 

Green Book’s Peter Farrelly was also left out of the Best Director race, just weeks after his past sexual misconduct was revealed 

But those Hollywood legends will be joined this year by Alfonso Cuarón, who scored nominations for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film for Roma.  

Green Book director Peter Farrelly was also left out of the Best Director race despite picking up nominations at both the Golden Globes and Director’s Guild Awards. 

The snub comes weeks after Farrelly apologized for past sexual misconduct as it was revealed he had a reputation for showing his penis during meetings. 

But Farrelly wasn’t completely snubbed, as his troubled film picked up a predicted Best Picture nomination as well one for Best Original Screenplay. 

The rest of the Best Director category was rounded out by Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman – his first ever director nomination at the Oscars – as well as Adam McKay for Vice, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War, and Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite.  

Many hoped to see Barry Jenkins or Ryan Coogler in the race, which would have been the first time more than one black director was nominated in the category.

And while Black Panther is a contender in seven categories – including a historic Best Picture nomination – Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk was largely left out of the major races.

Emily Blunt failed to pick up nominations for either Lead Actress or Supporting Actress as she was snubbed for her work in Mary Poppins Returns and A Quiet Place

Ethan Hawke was also another shock of the morning as it was revealed he was left out of the Best Actor race

Ethan Hawke was also another shock of the morning as it was revealed he was left out of the Best Actor race

Ethan Hawke was also another shock of the morning as it was revealed he was left out of the Best Actor race

It seems Jenkins’ follow-up to his 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight has not captured as many fans, failing to pick up a Best Picture nomination in a category that saw only eight spots filled out of the available 10. 

While Emily Blunt has been a fixture on the award circuit this season, she was completely snubbed at the Academy Awards with no acting nominations for her work in either Mary Poppins Returns or A Quiet Place. 

This year’s Lead Actress race was considered to be one of the most competitive, with Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Melissa McCarthy, and Glenn Close considered to be sure nominees. 

The last spot was filled by Yalitza Aparicio for her work in Roma. Aparicio has been a critic’s darling this award season, but was snubbed when it came to nominations for major awards including the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards.   

Claire Foy was a big name missing in the packed supporting actress category for her work in First Man, despite picking up nominations at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards

Claire Foy was a big name missing in the packed supporting actress category for her work in First Man, despite picking up nominations at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards

Claire Foy was a big name missing in the packed supporting actress category for her work in First Man, despite picking up nominations at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards

If Beale Street Could Talk was left out of many of the major categories - including Best Picture and Best Director - although it did grab a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk was left out of many of the major categories - including Best Picture and Best Director - although it did grab a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Regina King

If Beale Street Could Talk was left out of many of the major categories – including Best Picture and Best Director – although it did grab a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Regina King

Tuesday’s nomination makes Aparicio the second Mexican best actress nominee, and the first in 17 years after Salma Hayek was nominated for her role in Frida in 2002. 

But it was a tough day for Hollywood’s favorite Aussies, as Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, and Toni Collette all failed to pick up nominations. 

Beloved Mr Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? was shockingly left out of the Best Documentary race 

Beloved Mr Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? was shockingly left out of the Best Documentary race 

Beloved Mr Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was shockingly left out of the Best Documentary race 

Some believed Kidman could pick up not one but two nominations for her work in Destroyer and Boy Erased but, much like Blunt, she was completely shut out. 

Robbie had been touted as a contender for her work in Mary Queen of Scots, and some hoped Collette would have been able to break through at the Academy Awards despite its aversion to horror films.  

Ethan Hawke was a big shock of the morning as it was revealed he was left out of the Best Actor race. 

A surprise nomination instead went to Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate, considered to be a dark horse by many critics, as he joined the likes of predicted contenders Cooper, Christian Bale, Rami Malek, Viggo Mortensen.  

Claire Foy was another big name missing in the packed supporting actress category for her work in First Man, despite picking up nominations at both the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards. 

Sam Elliott and Sam Rockwell, who many critics considered to be potential dark horses for Best Supporting Actor, both scored nominations for their respective roles in A Star is Born and Vice. 

Fellow critic darling Eighth Grade didn't receive a single nomination despite receiving heaps of praise and even winning Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards

Fellow critic darling Eighth Grade didn't receive a single nomination despite receiving heaps of praise and even winning Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards

Fellow critic darling Eighth Grade didn’t receive a single nomination despite receiving heaps of praise and even winning Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards

But Timothee Chalamet was left out the race for his work in Beautiful Boy, despite nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes, and BAFTA. 

Two massive hits were left out of Best Documentary Feature, as both the Mr Rogers flick Will You Be My Neighbor? and Three Identical Strangers failed to pick up nominations.  

They were pushed aside for surprise contenders Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Of Fathers and Son, which were announced among expected nominees like Free Solo, RBG, and Minding The Gap. 

Fellow critic darling Eighth Grade didn’t receive a single nomination despite receiving heaps of praise and even winning Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards. 

Director Bo Burnham – who picked up nominations at both the Writer’s Guild of Awards and Director’s Guild Awards – was considered a sure bet for Best Original Screenplay, but didn’t land in either race. 

Many also considered Eighth Grade would be a major contender for a spot in the Best Picture race.   

NOMINEES FOR THE 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS

BEST PICTURE 

Roma

A Star Is Born

BlacKkKlansman

Green Book

Vice

Black Panther 

The Favourite 

Bohemian Rhapsody  

BEST ACTOR

Christian Bale (Vice)

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

BEST ACTRESS

Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Glenn Close (The Wife)

Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)

Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)  

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)

Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Amy Adams (Vice)

Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Emma Stone (The Favourite) 

Marina de Tavira (Roma) 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) 

Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Adam McKay (Vice)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Ballad of Buster ScruggS

Black Panther

Mary Poppins Returns

The Favourite

Mary Queen of Scots

FILM EDITING

BlacKkklansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Green BooK

Vice

ORIGINAL SCORE 

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

If Beale Street Could Talk

Isle of Dogs

Mary Poppins Returns 

SOUND EDITING

Black Panther

Bohemian Rhapsody

First Man

A Quiet Place

Roma 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

Animal Behavior

Bao

Late Afternoon

One Small Step

Weekends 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs

Mira

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

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