KU professor Kevin Willmott, who co-wrote 'BlacKkKlansman,' nominated for screenwriting Oscar

Surprisingly, Black Panther did not pick up any visual effects nods, an area that is traditionally more open to big budget blockbusters and comic book movies, but it did fare well in another superhero-friendly area of sound.

So far, the awards season has been a bit surprising, with prizes sprayed among a variety of films.

The black-and-white drama about a middle-class Mexican family and the domestic workers who care for its children will go up against Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, A Star is Born and Vice when the Academy Awards are doled out February 24. Subbing in for Green Book's Peter Farrelly and A Star Is Born's Bradley Cooper is The Favourite's Yorgos Lanthimos and Cold War's Pawel Pawlikowski.

"BlacKkKlansman" earned six Oscar nominations overall.

But The Favourite scored a bit of a surprise with its stellar haul. 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.

Spike Lee was named as one of the five best directors nominated for Best Director at this year's Academy Awards on Tueday.

Colman is up against Glenn Close for The Wife, Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Lady Gaga, who earns her first acting Oscar nomination for her role in A Star Is Born.

A look at some of the major nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards.

For the second straight year, Fox Searchlight (which released last year's victor, "The Shape of Water") topped all studios, even as it and its parent studio, 20th Century Fox are in the process of being acquired by the Walt Disney Co.

This year, multiple controversies are plaguing the Oscars - none of them related to last year's bombshell. What film won best film of 1989?

The plan was scrapped a month later.

Despite all the prognostications and precursors, the Oscars always throw a few curveballs with its nominations. He withdrew after homophobic tweets he had written years ago sparked a crippling backlash on social media.

Some film contenders, like "Green Book" and the Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody", have suffered waves upon waves of backlash, even as their awards tallies have mounted. He's up against multiple nominees Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, and Willem Dafoe. Last year, James Mangold and Michael Green had a break through as they received the Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Hugh Jackman's "Logan".

Regina King stars as Sharon in "If Beale Street Could Talk".

Roma is the pre-emptive favourite for best foreign language film.

The nominations, announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, included plenty of surprises.