The Academy got most Oscar Nominations right

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. With that, producer Kevin Feige scored his first nod.

Tom Beasley takes a dive into the Oscar nominations to spotlight the biggest snubs and surprises from today's shortlists...

In the best picture category, "BlacKkKlansman" will contend with "Black Panther", the first comic-based film to be nominated in the category; "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "The Favourite"; controversy-plagued "Green Book"; "Roma", Netflix's first best picture nominee; "A Star Is Born"; and "Vice".

Lee scooped up another Oscar nomination on Tuesday, but it was his first for directing.

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In 1998, his "4 Little Girls" was nominated for documentary feature.

"We are honored to receive our first Best Picture nomination and so many other firsts this morning", said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. The 1954 and 1976 versions each got several Oscar nominations, but not for best picture. Göransson as worked with Coogler since 2013's Fruitvale Station, and is now up for three Grammy nominations for his work with Glover, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "This Is America" and best R&B Song for "Feels Like Summer".

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Timothee Chalamet has not been nominated this year.

However, after much backlash about representation of women and ethnic minorities over the past few years, there are yet again no women nominated in the best director category - meaning Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010, will remain the only female victor of the prize for another year at least.

Gaga has been recognised in the Best Actress category alongside Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Coleman and Yalitza Aparicio, while Shallow with Bradley Cooper is up for Best Original Song.

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma", a black-and-white cinematic ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City - and the mother and nanny who raised him - earned a whopping 10 nominations to lead the contenders. An Oscar win would burnish Netflix's credibility as a go-to place for top-tier original films.

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? The "Taxi Driver" writer was awarded his first-ever nomination for his work on the religious drama starring Ethan Hawke. The 37-year-old "Mr. Robot" star also has a Primetime Emmy to his name.

But, Thor believes "A Star is Born" is the favourite. "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "A Star Is Born" both contributed in a big way with $202 million and $205 million, respectively in the States.

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