No Oscars for Cincinnati Film, Actress Kiki Layne

Jan 22, 2019

Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun and Cincinnati native Kiki Layne from If Beale Street Could Talk  were shut out by the 91st Academy Awards nominations announced Tuesday.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma each had 10 nominations, leading all films.

Robert Redford in a scene from 'The Old Man & The Gun'.
Credit Eric Zachanowich / Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Best picture nominees are A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Green Book, Roma, The Favourite and Vice. Two nominations were historic: Marvel's Black Panther is the first superhero movie up for best picture, and Roma is the first nomination for the Netflix streaming service.

It was the last chance for an acting Oscar for Redford, 82, who says he retired from performing after The Old Man & The Gun. He was nominated for a Golden Globes Award, but did not win.

Kiki Layne (right) and Stephan James star in 'If Beale Street Could Talk.'
Credit Courtesy Annapura Pictures

Layne, 26, a 2009 School for Creative & Performing Arts graduate, stars in Barry Jenkins' adaption of James Baldwin's 1974 Harlem love story. It was her film debut. Beale Street did receive three nominations – Regina King for best supporting actress; Jenkins for best original screenplay; and best original score.

Among the director nominees were Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), his first nod for directing, and Lanthimos (The Favourite), who filmed The Killing Of A Sacred Deer here in 2016 with Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone and Bill Camp.

The list of Oscar snubs include no directing nomination for Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born), although the film received eight nominations – including lead actor for Cooper, and lead actress for Lady Gaga.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers documentary which grossed $22.6 million last year, was not nominated for best documentary.

ABC will broadcast the Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 24. No host has been named for the program.

Below are the major categories. NPR has the full list of nominees.


Christian Bale, Vice

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book


Yalitza Aparicio, Roma

Glenn Close, The Wife

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice


Amy Adams, Vice

Marina de Tavira, Roma

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite


Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Adam McKay, Vice


Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse