Australian Oscar nominees are few and far between, with The Favourite’s production designer Fiona Crombie and screenwriter Tony McNamara the only homegrown talent to have scored any nods in this year’s Academy Awards.
The Favourite, an English comedy-drama set in the early 18th century, earned a staggering 10 nominations, including best picture, as did Netflix’ black-and-white, Spanish-language film Roma.
Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Margot Robbie and Troye Sivan failed to enter the Oscars race, as the Academy made its big reveal of the nominees on Wednesday morning (Australian time).
Black Panther hit an Oscars milestone, becoming the first superhero movie to earn an Academy Award nomination for best picture.
The other best picture nominees are: BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, A Star Is Born and Vice.
Christian Bale (Vice) is up against Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), and Viggo Mortensen (Green Book) in the best actor category.
Glenn Close earned her seventh Academy Award nomination for best actress in The Wife, while Lady Gaga claimed her first acting nod for A Star Is Born. They are up against surprise pick Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, and Yalitza Aparicio for Roma.
The Favourite’s Rachel Weisz won a nod in the supporting actress category. She is up against Amy Adams for Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk and her The Favourite co-star Emma Stone.
Australia’s Crombie, who lives in London, was at home with her production design co-nominee, set decorator Alice Felton, watching the nomination ceremony on TV when their names were announced.
“We were shrieking,” Crombie said. “We were laughing and crying.”
Crombie is an NIDA graduate and Sydney Theatre Company resident designer who moved to London with husband Peter Knowles and children Ooma, 12, and Orlando, 8.
Ooma and Orlando were at school but a big celebration is planned.
“I’m going to wait for my kids to get home, but they will have no idea what any of this means,” Crombie said.
“I’ll have to tell them this is a really big deal and then I’ll go and meet up with my husband and have a celebratory dinner.”
Australia’s McNamara, who co-wrote The Favourite script with Deborah Davis, was also over the moon with his nod.
“It’s a pretty amazing moment that’s for sure,” McNamara told the BBC.
Kidman was a chance for double nominations, but missed out on both.
She was overlooked in the best actress category for Destroyer.
Kidman was also in the running for a supporting nod for Boy Erased and Robbie for Mary Queen of Scots, but were both left unrewarded.
Perth pop star Sivan received a Golden Globe nomination in the original song category for Revelation from Boy Erased earlier this month, but Oscars voters were not so kind.
The Melbourne team behind the animated short film Lost & Found, Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe and Lucy Hayes, was also not nominated.
To see the full list of nominations, click here.