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.
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The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.
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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.
Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.
"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."
Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.
White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.
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Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.
Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.