Supa Modo Oscars
Supa Modo, the Kenyan film submitted for the Oscars 2019, failed to nab a nomination

Kenya’s Oscars hopeful, superhero film Supa Modo, failed to nab a nomination for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Supa Modo, which was picked as Kenya’s potential entry into the Academy Awards ahead of the controversial Rafiki movie, fell by the wayside in the final nominations list in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Instead, Mexico’s Roma looks set to win the acclaimed award in a nomination list that includes films like Shoplifters (Japan), Cold War (Poland), Capernaum (Lebanon) and Never Look Away (Germany).

Supa Modo failed to follow in the footsteps of Watu Wote, a film based on an Al Shabab terror attack on a bus in Mandera in 2015, which had received an Oscar nomination in 2018.

Like Watu Wote, Supa Modo has already received international acclaim at ceremonies such as at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Carthage Film Festival.

The movie tells the story of a village rallying together to make the dreams of a young girl of becoming a superhero come true amid the threats of terminal illness.

Supa Modo IMDB
Supa Modo (photo: IMDB)

It however faced a strong field, with Roma also being nominated for the Best Picture award at the Oscars. The Mexican film has received ten nominations in total.

Besides Roma, films such as Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born will battle it out for arguably the most prestigious prize of all in the Best Picture category.

Black Panther, which was hailed as a landmark movie in 2018, has seven nominations.

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Pop singer Lady Gaga who plays a struggling musician in the film A Star is Born, also received a nomination for Best Actress.

The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Monday 25 February at 4:00 am (East African Time) from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, US.

Full list of Oscars 2019 nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

Roma (Mexico)
Cold War (Poland)
Shoplifters (Japan)
Capernaum (Lebanon)
Never Look Away (Germany)

Best Picture

Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star is Born
Vice

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Adam McKay (Vice)
Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best Actor

Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Christian Bale (Vice)
Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)
Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)
Willem Dafoe (At Eternity’s Gate)

Best Actress

Glenn Close (The Wife)
Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Yalitza Aparicio (Roma)

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Amy Adams (Vice)
Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Marina De Tavira (Roma)

Best Adapted Screenplay

If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)

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Best Original Screenplay

Green Book (Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga)
The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)
Vice (Adam McKay)
First Reformed (Paul Schrader)

Best Animated Feature

Incredibles 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Isle of Dogs
Mirai

Best Documentary

Free Solo
Minding the Gap
RBG
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Of Fathers and Sons

Best Cinematography

Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel)
The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique)

Best Costume Design

Black Panther (Ruth E Carter)
The Favourite (Sandy Powell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell)
Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres)

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Best Film Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman)
Vice (Hank Corwin)
BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis)
Green Book (Patrick J Don Vito)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Border
Mary Queen of Scots
Vice

Best Original Score

If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)
Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)
Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat)
BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard)
Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson)

Best Original Song

Shallow (A Star Is Born)
All the Stars (Black Panther)
I’ll Fight (RBG)
The Place Where Lost Things Go (Mary Poppins Returns)
When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)

Best Production Design

The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)
First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas)
Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)
Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim)
Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)

Best Sound Editing

First Man
A Quiet Place
Bohemian Rhapsody
Black Panther
Roma

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Best Sound Mixing

A Star Is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Roma
Black Panther

Best Visual Effects

First Man
Avengers: Infinity War
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Ready Player One
Christopher Robin

Best Animated Short

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

Best Documentary Short

Black Sheep
End Game
Lifeboat
A Night at the Garden
Period. End of Sentence.

Best Live Action Short

Detainment
Fauve
Marguerite
Mother
Skin

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