Oscar victor Lupita Nyong'o, who stars in the film, posted footage on Twitter of the cast celebrating when excerpts from the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con. This film in many ways, in my life, has been a before and after.
When it comes to directors, as Natalie Portman pointedly declared while presenting at last year's ceremony, yet again, we are left with "all male nominees".
Despite all the prognostications and precursors, the Oscars always throw a few curveballs with its nominations.
Tom Beasley takes a dive into the Oscar nominations to spotlight the biggest snubs and surprises from today's shortlists...
"He was widely anticipated to be a surefire contender" for best director, Screen International editor Matt Mueller said in an interview.
There was also disappointment for Ethan Hawke and John David Washington, who missed out on best actor nods for First Reformed and BlacKkKlansman respectively, amid the surprise inclusion of Willem Dafoe, who landed a spot for playing Vincent van Gogh in At Eternity's Gate.
Still, a comic strip isn't the same as a comic book, and for 91 years the Oscars have consistently overlooked modern comics and superhero stories.
The acclaimed documentary about the late Fred Rogers was nearly a lock to get an Oscar nomination. These two nominations show that it has support from the acting branch of the Academy, which is by far the biggest.
Rivals include 21st Century Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody about late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, which has rung up $798 million at global box offices. Still, "A Star Is Born" was the sole film to land top nominations from virtually every guild group.
Up for Best Actress are Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Glenn Close (The Wife), Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). Then as the various guilds started to weigh in, TIFF People's Choice victor Green Book surged ahead, winning not only at the Golden Globes but also the top trophy from the Producers Guild Awards.
Potentially benefiting this year's broadcast will be a number of popular nominees. Blunt was forced to remain silent for most of the movie.
Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
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.
The Oscars a year ago hit a new ratings low, declining 20 per cent and averaging 26.5 million viewers.