The 2019 Oscar nominations brought about plenty of firsts, including for Netflix, comic book movies, and Spike Lee.
Roma is the first Netflix movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture. This isn't the first time a movie from any streaming service has received a Best Picture nomination, though, as Amazon's Manchester by the Sea beat Netflix to the punch in 2017. Hulu also earned its first Oscar nomination ever this year for Minding the Gap, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
With Roma's Best Picture nod, producer Gabriela Rodriguez becomes the first Hispanic woman ever to earn a nomination in that category, The Hollywood Reporter points out. Additionally, Yalitza Aparicio's Best Actress nomination makes her the first indigenous woman nominated in a major category, and Roma's Alfonso Cuarón is the first person to be nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Director in the same year for one movie, IndieWire reports.
Black Panther is the first superhero film to ever be nominated for Best Picture. This comes 10 years after The Dark Knight was famously snubbed for a Best Picture nomination in 2009, which contributed to the Academy's decision to expand that category to more than five movies.
Best Director this year consists of both Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) and Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), which, according to the Reporter, is the first time ever that the category has included two movies also nominated for Best Foreign Language film.
Finally, Spike Lee, believe it or not, also received his first nomination ever for Best Director for BlacKkKlansman, while Sam Elliott received his first ever acting nomination for Best Supporting Actor in A Star Is Born. Brendan Morrow
Update 3 p.m EST: This story was updated to include Yalitza Aparicio's nomination.