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Roma and The Favourite lead the way with 10 nominations each

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Regal comedy drama The Favourite and black-and-white epic Roma are the Oscars frontrunners after receiving 10 nods each, with several other nominees also making Academy Awards history.

Both films are up for best director and best picture, a first for streaming giant Netflix for Roma.

Also nominated for best picture are A Star Is Born, Green Book, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and Black Panther – which becomes the first superhero film to be shortlisted in the category.

Black Panther
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Black Panther is up for best picture – a first for a superhero film
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga attend the Hollywood hand and footprint ceremony for their A Star Is Born co-star Sam Elliott
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A Star Is Born stars Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott and Lady Gaga are all up for acting awards

And veteran film-maker Spike Lee, who spoke to Sky News in December about the lack of diversity at the Oscars, is nominated in the best director category for the first time in his 40-year-career.

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 winner of the prize for another year at least.

But there was good news for British stars, with Olivia Colman and Christian Bale following on from their Golden Globes success with nominations in the best actress and best actor categories.

Christian Bale (left) and Sam Rockwell as Dick Cheney and George W Bush in Vice
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Christian Bale (left) and Sam Rockwell, as Dick Cheney and George W Bush in Vice, have both received nominations
The three leading ladies in The Favourite pose on the red carpet
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Olivia Colman (centre) is up for best actress, while co-stars Rachel Weisz (left) and Emma Stone have made the supporting actress category

Colman, from Norwich, stars as Queen Anne in The Favourite, while Bale was recognised for his portrayal of controversial former US vice-president Dick Cheney in Vice.

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.

The singer also picked up another nod for best original song for Shallow, along with co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.

Bale is shortlisted alongside Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

Richard E Grant attends the UK Premiere of Can You Ever Forgive Me? & Headline gala during the BFI London Film Festival 2018
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Richard E Grant has received his first Oscar nomination
Spike Lee after winning the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival
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Spike Lee has been nominated in the best director category for the first time

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?

As well as Stone, Weisz faces competition from Amy Adams for Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, and Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.

Grant is up against Sam Rockwell for Vice, Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born and Mahershala Ali for Green Book.

Roger Taylor, Malek, Brian May, Joe Mazzello and Gwilym Lee attend the world premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody
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Bohemian Rhapsody won best drama and actor at the Golden Globes – can it do the same at the Oscars?
In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win an Oscar for best director
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Kathryn Bigelow will remain the only woman to have won the best director award

In the directing category, Cold War’s Pawel Pawlikowski and Vice’s Adam McKay complete the shortlist alongside Lee, Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) and Alfonso Cuaron (Roma).

Notable absences from the shortlist include British stars Claire Foy for First Man and Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns, as well as Cooper in the directing category.

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