Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman are both nominated for The Favourite

Oscars 2019: The Favourite and Roma lead nominations

By mr ben rory

Olivia Colman’s period comedy-drama The Favourite and Netflix’s black-and-white epic Roma lead this year’s Oscar race, with 10 nominations each.

The other contenders include A Star Is Born andVice with eight each, followed by Black Pantherwith seven.

Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture.

Colman is among the British acting nominees, alongside her co-star Rachel Weisz andChristian Bale for Vice.

Black Panther
Black Panther’s nominations include best picture, best song and best costume design

Films with the most nominations:

  • 10 – The Favourite, Roma
  • 8 – A Star Is Born, Vice
  • 7 – Black Panther
  • 6 – BlacKkKlansman
  • 5 – Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book
  • 4 – First Man, Mary Poppins Returns
Yalitza Aparicio in Roma
Newcomer Yalitza Aparicio is up for best actress for playing a Mexican maid in Roma

Colman’s strongest competition in the best actress category is likely to come from Glenn Close , who is odds-on favourite to win her first Academy Award for The Wife after six previous nominations, according to bookmakers,

Yalitza Aparicio is nominated for her first screen role, as the Mexican maid in Roma. The film has also given Netflix its first ever best picture nomination.

The best actress category also includes Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? andLady Gaga for A Star Is Born.

Gaga’s co-star Bradley Cooper is nominated in the best actor category, but the frontrunners for that statuette are two men who earned acclaim for portraying real-life public figures.

Rami Malek won rave reviews for playing Queen singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody , while Bale transformed into former US Vice-President Dick Cheney with the help of prosthetics in Vice.

Richard E Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Richard E Grant stars with Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Richard E Grant has received his first ever Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor for his role in the film Can You Ever Forgive Me?

The Withnail & I star was among the first 2019 nominees to be announced, alongsideMahershala Ali Adam Driver Sam Elliott andSam Rockwell .

Weisz is up for best supporting actress, as areAmy Adams Marina de Tavira Regina Kingand Emma Stone .

The ceremony will take place on 24 February.

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Analysis by BBC Reality Check

It’s been a pretty good year for diversity in Oscar nominations by the standards of the last decade.

Chart showing ethnic diversity in Oscar nominations

In the four acting categories, there were five nominees from ethnic minorities (out of 20 possible nominations) – second only to the seven nominees in 2017.

There are also two best director nominees from ethnic minorities in Spike Lee and Alfonso Cuaron, the first time that has happened since 2014.

But still no sign of gender balance in the directing category – all five nominees this year are men.

There have only been two female nominees for best director in the last decade: Greta Gerwig, for Lady Bird last year, and Kathryn Bigelow, who won the Oscar for the Hurt Locker in 2010.