nominated or not, all black films in 2018 were gold
By Erin White
January 23, 2019
Announced yesterday morning, this year’s Oscar nominations created buzz and excitement for the inclusion of Black favorites like Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, and Green Book, but our disappointment around what was snubbed is real. This is a reminder that, although celebrating the filmmakers and actors who entertained and inspired you throughout the year is fun, when it comes to the Oscars, it’s best to just sit there and eat your food; then wait for the NAACP Awards or BET Awards for our favorites to shine.
This year’s nominees did include a first for legendary director, Spike Lee, who was nominated for Best Director for his film BlacKkKlansman. Black Panther became the first Marvel movie to earn a nomination for Best Picture. Unfortunately, the genre-breaking, surreal conversation starter Sorry To Bother You did not receive any nominations. Taking to Twitter, director Boots Riley discussed why his iconoclastic effort wasn’t picked, that “the largest factor as to why we didn’t get nominated is that we didn’t actually run a campaign that aimed to get a nomination for Screenplay or Song. We didn’t buy For Your Consideration ads in the trade magazines and we didn’t service the whole academy with screeners.”
Congratulations are also in order for Kendrick Lamar and SZA who received a Best Song nomination for “All The Stars” and costume designer Ruth E. Carter who is also being honored for her work onBlack Panther! Leading the pack of nominees with 10 noms each Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite and Alfonso Cuaron Roma, a first for Netflix.
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