His co-star Adam Driver was recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category, but it's a shame to see Washington absent from this shortlist, as it's his performance that makes BlacKkKlansman the film that it is.
Lee's effort as Director of BlacKkKlansman notched the nomination and will line him up against Director of Vice, Adam Mckay, Roma's Alfonso Cuaron, Cold War's Pawel Pawlikowski, and Yorgos Lanthimos of The Favourite.
The singer-songwriter-actor garnered two noms in the 2019 awards for her dual roles in the movie A Star Is Born. Close, 71, stands as the most nominated living actor to have never won an Oscar. And yet, there were more than a handful of downright stupefying exclusions, including Bradley Cooper and Ryan Coogler for director (or any woman, for that matter), Emily Blunt for actress, "Eighth Grade" and the Fred Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbour?"
So if Disney, which owns both "Black Panther" and ABC (the network airing the Oscars on February 24), doesn't showcase the powerful superhero franchise during the telecast, it's at the Mouse House's own ratings peril.More news: Trump pulls top-level USA delegation from Davos
The Oscars have joined the world's spirited "Wakanda forever" refrain, exalting "Black Panther" ― 2018's highest-grossing release ― with the first-ever Best Picture nomination for a superhero movie.
However, the hugely popular film still surprised with a slew of design awards (but no Makeup and Hairstyling nomination), including Best Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing - the latter alongside A Quiet Place.
Ten years ago, The Dark Knight's omission from the best picture line-up was one of the reasons why the Academy chose to expand the number of nominees in that category from a mere five titles.
Multiple nominations in a year are not uncommon, with more than 84 multiple winners at the Oscars since it's inception, including three multiple winss for New Zealanders Sir Richard Taylor, Sir Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh for their work on The Lord of the Rings films. For best supporting actress, Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) will battle with Stone and Weisz.More news: Queen intervenes with touching message for victim after Duke's vehicle crash
Though many expected "A Star Is Born", Bradley Cooper's tear-inducing revival of one of Hollywood's most oft-remade show-business myths, to top the nominations, Cooper was surprisingly overlooked as director and the academy instead put its fullest support behind a pair of indies by worldwide directors. "Thank you Ale A. Garcia and @marielmmayorga for waking me up".
The Oscars previous year hit a new ratings low, declining 20 per cent and averaging 26.5 million viewers. Documentaries had a much better showing for female directors, with "RBG", from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and "Free Solo", which was co-directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Morgan Neville's film about the iconic educator has a 98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been touted by critics and fans alike.
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Also in the mix are a wide variety of films including offbeat royal romp "The Favourite", Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" and superhero blockbuster "Black Panther".