The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced Tuesday, with “Roma” and “The Favourite” leading the pack.
But the statistical quirks that the annual event throws up can be as intriguing as tracking which movies get the most nods.
Here are some fun facts and figures from this year’s list of nominees:
– Netflix’s big step forward –
Streaming giant Netflix took a major step forward in its quest to be both a distribution king and a purveyor of quality original content with 14 Oscar nominations, including its first for best picture for “Roma.”
“Roma” earned 10 nods, while “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” — the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen — scored three. The last Netflix nomination went to “End Game,” which is up for best documentary short subject.
Netflix claimed a 15th nomination for another documentary short, “Period: End of Sentence,” but it was not listed as a Netflix production in the Academy’s press kit.
In 2018, the company earned eight nominations, half of them for “Mudbound.” In the years before, Netflix had just a handful of nominations, all in documentary categories.
By comparison, Amazon Studios — which had already broken through in the best picture category in 2017 with “Manchester by the Sea” — earned three nominations for steamy Polish love story “Cold War.”
– Wakanda forever –
For many moviegoers, the Oscars have become somewhat elitist, often rewarding arthouse fare that not many have seen. But those fans cannot complain this year.
Marvel superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” — the highest-grossing film of 2018 in North America — scored seven nominations including one for best picture, becoming the first movie based on a comic book to earn the honor.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who stars in the film, posted footage on Twitter of the cast celebrating when excerpts from the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con.
“Seven #OscarNoms for #BlackPanther, including best picture!! This is our reaction the first time we saw footage from the film and we’re feeling this way all over again today! Thank you @TheAcademy! #WakandaForever,” she wrote on Twitter.
Beyond its best picture nomination, “Black Panther” earned nods for costume design, original score, original song (rapper Kendrick Lamar is a nominee in that category), production design, and sound mixing and editing.
– Cuaron reigns supreme –
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” a black-and-white cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City — and the mother and nanny who raised him — earned a whopping 10 nominations to lead the contenders.
But the Mexican filmmaker himself scored an impressive feat — four of those nominations are his: for best picture as a producer, best director, best original screenplay and best cinematography.
He joins illustrious company with his achievement: Warren Beatty did the same, scoring four nominations in four different categories — twice — for “Heaven Can Wait” and “Reds.”
Joel and Ethan Coen did it for “No Country for Old Men.”
– Snubs and surprises –
Industry watchers were shocked that Bradley Cooper was snubbed in the best director category for “A Star Is Born” — but earned three nominations for best actor, best adapted screenplay and best picture (as a producer).
But they were thrilled to see Spike Lee earn his first directing nomination for “BlacKkKlansman.” It was his fifth overall — counting two others for the same film. The US filmmaker earned a lifetime achievement award at the 2016 Oscars.
Another major name left off the list was Timothee Chalamet, who had been seen as a likely contender for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug addict in “Beautiful Boy.”
And many expected “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — a critically acclaimed documentary about US children’s show host Mister Rogers — to make the cut. It did not.
Heather Heyer’s mom says things have gotten worse since Charlottesville — but she has a solution
CNN's Ana Cabrera on Saturday interviewed Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer. Her daughter was murdered by a white nationalist terrorist during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"When you watch what’s happening in Portland, thankfully everything right now is peaceful, but does it sort of give you that knee-jerk reaction where your hackles kind of go up, just given everything your family has been through?" Cabrera asked.
"My hackles don’t really go down anymore," Bro replied. "I am constantly tracking these things around the country as they happen. Yeah, I think after two years ago, mine will never completely go down again."
Trump-loving “hate group” leader struggles to defend chauvinism during CNN interview on Portland chaos
Portland, Oregon on Saturday was the scene of another far-right mobilization by groups such as the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer.
Tarrio had traveled from Miami to take part in the far-right rally in Portland and appeared to be wearing body armor.
‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart
On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.
After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you, you f**king n****r."
Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"
"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"