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The much-anticipated Academy Awards 2019 nominations were announced yesterday by Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross and winner of last year’s Best Original Screenplay for Silicon Valley Kumail Nanjiani.

Of course, as is expected, in that old Oscars fashion, there were a few snubs, shocks, and surprises – and yes, Wakanda Forever as Black Panther became the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nomination.

Drum roll please… here are the Oscars 2019 nominees that you can find on Showmax.

Spike Lee

Best Picture and Best Director – BlacKkKlansman

It took years to get here but Spike Lee has finally earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Director with BlacKkKlansman.

Inside Man on Showmax
Image: NBC

Also directed by Spike Lee, heist thriller Inside Man pits tough detective Frazier (Denzel Washington) and witty bank robber Russell (Clive Owen) as the former attempts to diffuse a tense hostage situation during a heist at a major Manhattan bank. Catch Inside Man on Showmax. Watch now »

Bradley Cooper

Best Picture and Best Actor in a Leading Role – A Star Is Born

When Bradley Cooper teamed up with Lady Gaga to make a movie, magic was born. You see what I’m going for? No? If you haven’t watched A Star Is Born yet, do you even consider yourself a movie fan. Well, at least tell me you have recite this famous life quote every morning, “There can be a 100 people in the room, and 99 don’t believe in you, and you just need one to believe in you.”

Serena is on Showmax
Image: Times Media

On Showmax, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence team up in Serena, a drama film based on a novel of the same name about a married couple caught in a series of bad choices that include murder and infidelity against the backdrop of a timber empire in Depression-era North Carolina. Watch now »

Melissa McCarthy

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

It seems that McCarthy’s decision to break away from her comedy roles in 2018 paid off with her role as the poverty-stricken author in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, earning her second Oscar nod since her first nomination for Best Supporting Actor for her role in the comedy Bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids on Showmax
Image: NBC

If Bridesmaids’ isn’t your go-to movie when you are looking for a good laugh then I suggest you examine your comedy choices. Bridesmaids follows a group of bridesmaids as they plan the wedding of one of their friends, while also testing female friendships and insecurities. In an outlandish performance that only the great Melissa McCarthy can pull off without getting on your nerves, she plays the quirky, unfiltered sister to the groom Megan. Catch Bridesmaids on Showmax. Watch now »

Willem Dafoe

Best Actor in a Leading Role– At Eternity’s Gate

Seems like Willem Dafoe has moved up the ladder this year from his Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars 2018, this time, earning a Best Actor nom for capturing the final years of famous painter Vincent Van Gogh in At Eternity’s Gate.

For his role in the Academy Award-winning English Patient, which you can find on Showmax, Dafoe is David Caravaggio, a morphine-addicted thief and Canadian spy who arrives at the monastery to kill the amnesiac wounded patient Almásy (Ralph Fiennes), whom he blames for his disfigured hand. Watch now »

Dafoe also stars alongside Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s Inside Man.

Rami Malek

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Bohemian Rhapsody

The stars were aligned when Rami Malek took on the role of the legendary Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest rockstars to ever live. For this role, Bohemian Rhapsody has received five Oscar nominations, among them Malek’s Best Actor nod.

Mr Robot on Showmax
Image: NBC

You can also catch Malek on Showmax as the troubled vigilante hacker Elliot who gets entangled with an underground hacker group with suspicious motive in the award-winning drama thriller series Mr Robot, a role that earned him an Emmy and a Critics’ Choice Award in 2016. Watch now »

Adam McKay

Best Director and Best Picture – Vice

Succession, directed by Adam McKay (first episode), follows the filthy rich yet dysfunctional Roy family in New York’s Fifth Avenue and their quest to succeed a patriarch who is unwilling to let go of his media empire and relinquish his power to his children, even after a death scare that puts him in a coma, instead pitting them against each other – and tearing them down whenever he has the chance. Succession is streaming exclusively on Showmax. Watch now »

Adam McKay is also the director for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, also streaming on Showmax.

Adam Driver

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – BlacKkKlansman

Girls on Showmax
Image: HBO

Adam Driver has had a successful transition from the small screen to movie stardom, first gaining major recognition with his breakthrough role as the emotionally unstable boyfriend to Lena Dunham’s character in HBO’s hit Girls, then moving on to score a major role in Star Wars trilogy as Kylo Ren. Girls S1-6 is streaming on Showmax. Watch now »

Emma Stone

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – The Favourite

Emma Stone is slowly but surely becoming an Academy Award favourite, and no, no pun intended for her latest movie The Favourite that has earned her an Oscar nom for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In The Croods, Stone voices Eep, the independent curious teenaged daughter of the Croods’ family who is yearning for a life beyond the caves they live in, seeing the caves more as a prison than a home. Catch The Croods on Showmax. Watch now »

Rachel Weisz

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – The Favourite

Last year’s Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) joins Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci in the supernatural The Lovely Bones about a murdered girl who watches from above as her family grieves as they attempt to unravel her disappearance while also watching the man who killed her. Catch The Lovely Bones on Showmax. Watch now »

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I'm a Kenyan creative writer with eight years' experience in both the SEO and entertainment industries. I like writing stories about people I've met, but mostly about those I see on TV. Sometimes, when I'm melancholic, I write poetry as well. Visit author's website

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