Spike Lee earns first director, picture Oscar nominations after 30 years

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Every list of Oscar nominations throws up its share of snubs, surprises and curiosities, and this year's is no exception.

Spike Lee is finally getting some love at the Oscars, an honour Thor Diakow from Breakfast Television says is much deserved. And this latest nomination goes to show that Black Panther and comic book movies are here to stay.

Spike Lee was named as one of the five best directors nominated for Best Director at this year's Academy Awards on Tueday.

Netflix must be celebrating today, with not only "Roma" pulling in 10 nominations but the Coen brothers receiving a nod for penning their anthology western film.

Best Song is nearly certainly going to A Star is Born. Only four movies have won Best Picture without their director getting nominated, with Ben Affleck's Argo the most recent example.

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British stars have also done well in the supporting actor and actress categories, with Rachel Weisz going up against her The Favourite co-star Emma Stone, and Richard E Grant picking up his first Oscar nod for Can You Ever Forgive Me? There was also a hope that if superhero films and animated hits were recognized, the Oscars telecast would see ratings gains, as it did in 1998, hitting record highs as "Titanic" swept the awards. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, received total seven nominations for the 91st Academy Awards.

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On the screenplay side, only two female writers were nominated, including filmmaker Nicole Holofcener for her work on "Can You Ever Forgive Me?".

Some Oscar regulars were honored again.

In what must have been a supremely challenging task, the Academy managed to narrow down the 347 feature films eligible for the coveted "Best Picture" category to the chosen few. Paul Schrader, the 72-year-old "Taxi Driver" scribe, was nominated for his first Oscar for the script to his religious thriller "First Reformed". She has more nominations without a win than any other living actor or actress. While Chazelle wasn't on the top of many lists for another directing nomination (after becoming the youngest ever to win the award for "La La Land"), most expected Justin Hurwitz's theremin-based score to at least be among the nominees, or Claire Foy for her supporting performance.

Small wonder she is now the bookies' favourite to finally get her hands on Oscar by pipping Lady Gaga and Olivia Colman to this year's best actress statuette.

The addiction drama "Beautiful Boy" and the conversion therapy film "Boy Erased" may not have been anyone's front runners, but it was a little surprising that neither Timothee Chalamet nor Lucas Hedges got acting nominations.

For the first time in Academy Awards history, there is still no host slated to emcee the upcoming ceremony.

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