Oscar nominations leave top prize up for grabs

Best picture Oscar nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards (Top L-R) Chadwick Boseman representing "Black Panther", Lady Gaga "A Star is Born", John David Washington "BlacKkKlansman", Christian Bale "Vice", (Bottom L-R) Yalitza Aparicio "Roma", Mahershala Ali "Green Book", Rami Malek "Bohemain Rhapsody" and Olivia Colman "The Favourite" are seen in a combination of file photos. — Reuters

Los Angeles — Netflix movie “Roma” and British historical romp “The Favourite” from Fox Searchlight led nominations for the Oscars on Tuesday in a history-making lineup that left the best picture race wide open.

The lists for the highest honors in the movie industry were packed with people of color, including nominees from Mexico, Greece and Poland, as well as films featuring the stories of women and gay and black people.

Marvel Studios film “Black Panther” made Oscars history on Tuesday, landing the first best picture nomination for a superhero movie, as crowd-pleasing blockbusters muscled into a contest recently dominated by art-house fare. Other box-office hits among the eight nominees for the movie industry's top prize included musical remake “A Star is Born” and rock biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” — Reuters