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.
Both films have been shortlisted for the prestigious Best Picture award, along with Black Panther (a popular choice), BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, A Star is Born and Vice.
The nominations for 91st Oscar award were revealed on January 22, 2019. The other contenders include ‘A Star Is Born and Vice’ with eight Oscar nominations, followed by Black Panther with seven. Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for best picture.
Based on the true story of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and the dysfunctional court set up by the last member of the Stewart dynasty, Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, Favourite, touches on universal themes, such as love, competition and power.
Favourite has so far earned Olivia Colman a Golden Globe for Best Actress, where it was also nominated in another four categories, and took the lead for nominations in the BAFTAs.
Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, co-edited and shot the film. Film stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. Set in 1970 and 1971, the film is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in Mexico City, and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class family.
The 91st Academy Awards will be held on 24 February 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The live-performance auditorium, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre, has hosted every Academy Awards since 2002.
The theatre was designed by American architect David Rockwell, specifically with the Oscars in mind. The first ever Academy Awards in 1929 were presented at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The 3,400 capacity building was officially opened on 9 November 2001 and cost $94 million.