Aussies miss out on Oscar nods

Aussies miss out on Oscar nods

Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Margot Robbie and Troye Sivan have missed out on Oscar nominations, but it was not all bad news for Australia.

Australian production designer Fiona Crombie and screenwriter Tony McNamara were nominated for their work on The Favourite, an English drama-comedy set in the early 18th century around Queen Anne.

Kidman was a chance for double nominations, but missed out on both. She was overlooked in the best actress category for Destroyer.

Glenn Close (The Wife), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) and Yalitza Apariciao (Roma) filled the nominations.

Collette, for Hereditary, was also an outside best actress chance but her name also was not called.

Kidman was also in the running for a supporting nod for Boy Erased and Robbie for Mary Queen of Scots, however, they were both overlooked. Perth pop star Sivan received a Golden Globe nomination in the original song category for Revelation from Boy Erased earlier this month, but Oscar voters were not so kind.

The Melbourne team behind the animated short film Lost & Found, Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe and Lucy Hayes, also were not nominated.

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, an ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp The Favourite topped the Oscar nominations with 10 each.

Popular musical romance A Star Is Born and Dick Cheney biopic Vice finished with eight nominations each, while superhero blockbuster Black Panther finished with seven.

So far, the awards season has been a bit surprising, with prizes sprayed among a variety of films. So the announcement gives the race to the Academy Awards on February 24 a bit more clarity.

The sweeping success of Roma is history-making for streaming giant Netflix, marking its first nomination for best picture, and also first in other top categories like best director and best actress.

The black and white film snatched up nods for best supporting actress, best foreign film and a swirl of other nominations.

But The Favourite scored a bit of a surprise with its stellar haul. While nominations for its trio of stars — Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — were a near-lock, its flight to the top of the list was not.

Director Yorgos Lanthimos took a nod — instead of Cooper.

A Star Is Born, the latest iteration of the classic musical romance, scored in most big categories, with nominations for three of the four acting prizes — Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and their co-star Sam Elliott.

Surprisingly, Cooper was denied a nod for his directing debut, despite earning nominations at the Golden Globes and from the Directors Guild.

In all, there are eight films vying for best picture: Roma, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, satirical Dick Cheney biopic Vice, civil rights dramedy Green Book and Black Panther. Panther also made a bit of history, as the first superhero flick ever nominated in the category.

Green Book earned five Oscar nominations and moved up in the Academy Award conversation at the weekend when it won best film at the Producers Guild of America awards.

Twenty times out of 29, the PGA award winner has gone on to take the best picture Oscar, including The Shape of Water last year.

In the best actor category, Christian Bale looks to be the frontrunner for his uncanny portrayal of former Vice president Dick Cheney in Vice. But Rami Malek’s Golden Globe win for his work as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody put him into the conversation. Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) and Cooper (A Star is Born) are also contenders, with Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate) rounding out the field as a dark horse.

In the supporting actor category, Elliott will go head-to-head with Green Book star Mahershala Ali, who took home a Golden Globe. For best supporting actress, Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) will battle with Stone and Weisz.

Roma is the pre-emptive favourite for best foreign language film. It will compete with Capernaum (Lebanon), Cold War (Poland), Never Look Away (Germany) and Shoplifters (Japan).

The nominations were announced in the pre-dawn hours in Hollywood by actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.

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