Netflix in the running for top Oscars prize with 'Roma'

Steve Spielberg has said Netflix films are more like TV movies and deserve an Emmy, not an Oscar. Mahershala Ali, who is black, was nominated for best supporting actor for his performance in "Green Book".

In the Best Director category, the absence of Cooper cleared the way for Pawel Pawlikowski in Cold War, who is competing against Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Adam McKay for Vice and Cuaron for Roma, who has dominated the awards circuit this year.

Especially after facing racist attacks online, Aparicio knew that landing an Oscar nomination would have a tremendous impact on her community. After making a concerted effort this year towards campaigning - including a push into theatrical distribution that Netflix had previously eschewed - it paid off with Netflix's first Best Picture and Best Director nominations.

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The nominations for the 91st Oscars, to be awarded February 24, also brought a milestone for Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Studios, whose "Black Panther" is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture. It will feature Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Animated Feature Film, Cinematography, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Picture, Visual Effects, Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Original Song, Production Design.

But Rami Malek´s Golden Globe win for his work as Freddie Mercury in Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" put him into the conversation. The film's Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira also earned individual honors in the lead actress and supporting actress categories, respectively. He did, however, receive a Best Actor nod. The Christopher Nolan Batman movie earned eight nominations.

The season's steadiest contender - Cooper's "A Star Is Born" - looked potentially unbeatable until it got beat.

Also nominated for the first time is Ludwig Goransson, the Swedish-born composer of "Black Panther".

The academy is reportedly planning to go host-less following Hart's exit, something it has tried only once before in an infamous 1989 telecast that featured a lengthy musical number with Rob Lowe and Snow White.

By contrast, last year's ratings sank to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, per Nielsen data - a drop of almost 20% from the previous year, and way off from the more than 40 million the telecast attracted as recently as in 2013 and '14. Though initial plans for a new popular film category were scuttled, the academy is planning to present some awards off-air and keep the broadcast to three hours.

  • Jacqueline Ellis