Oscars: Lady Gaga, Rami Malek and 6 More Land First-Ever Acting Nominations

8:28 AM 1/23/2019

by Alexandra Del Rosario

The nominations list welcomed in eight fresh faces to the acting categories for the 2019 Academy Awards race.

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The race for the golden statuettes is now underway, with Oscar novices joining the fray along with past nominees. 

On Tuesday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the full list of nominees for this year's Oscars. Though the list comprised names and faces already familiar to the Oscars stage, 2019 contenders include first-time nominees with notable performances, including Lady Gaga, Rami Malek and Regina King.

Read on to learn more about the eight Oscar first-timers in this year's race. 

  • Rami Malek

    In playing Queen's Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek became somebody to love and somebody to watch out for in the 2019 Oscars race. 

    In the biopic directed by Bryan Singer, Malek transforms into the rock icon responsible for hits like "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Bohemian Rhapsody." Like many other Oscar contenders, the actor will head into the February awards show with wins and nominations from other ceremonies and organizations, including the Golden Globes, SAG and BAFTA, already in hand. 

  • Lady Gaga

    The 2019 Academy Awards wouldn't be Lady Gaga's first time in the awards circuit. A name and face known in the music industry, the pop star turned Oscar nominee has garnered honors that recognize her for both musical and acting achievements. Before playing Ally, the titular figure of A Star is Born, Gaga has already achieved the awards and accolades her fictional character strives for. (While she was nominated for best original song in 2016, this marks Gaga's first-ever acting nom from the Academy.)

    Gaga is also up for the best original song Oscar with the Star Is Born anthem "Shallow." She is the second person to receive both acting and song credits for the same film, after Mary J. Blige and her work in Mudbound in 2018. Heading into this year's Oscars, Gaga has taken home both Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award wins. 

  • Olivia Colman

    As Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, Olivia Colman is among the 2019 Academy Awards' first-time nominees.

    In the movie, Colman plays the complex, affection-seeking and bunny-loving Queen of Great Britain. Prior to the 2019 Oscars, the actress has already received nominations from multiple groups on the awards circuit, including the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and SAGs, for her work as the film's leading lady. 

  • Yalitza Aparicio

    Yalitzia Aparicio, who plays Cleo in Netflix's Roma, has made history with her first-time Oscar nomination.

    With her debut in the Alfonso Curon-directed drama, Aparicio is the first indigenous Mexican actor to be nominated for an Oscar. Aparicio's first Oscar nomination also happens to be for her first feature film role.

    Additionally, she is the second actress nominated for a debut performance in a spoken language other than English, following Catalina Sandino Moreno, who set the precedent with her work in 2004's Maria Full of Grace. 

  • Marina de Tavira

    Though Marina de Tavira has credits in titles including Cómplices and Niebla de Culpa, her work as Señora Sofia in Roma has gained the actress her first-ever Oscar nomination. 

    In the Netflix original, de Tavira stars as the mother of four and the matron of the household where Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) works as one of the family's maids. The Oscar nod is the only nomination de Tavira has received for her work in Roma

  • Regina King

    With more than 20 years of television and film credits, Regina King has finally secured her first Oscar nomination. The actress' performance as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk makes for one of the three nominations the Berry Jenkins-directed film has received for the 2019 Oscars race. 

    In the film, King plays the concerned mother of Tish Rivers (Kiki Layne), who intends to help her daughter care for her baby and cope with the false arrest of Fonny (Stephan James). 

    Though this is King's first Oscar nomination, she took home a Golden Globe for the part. 

  • Sam Elliott

    Though his acting career started in 1967 (with an uncredited role), Sam Elliott has received his first Oscar nomination decades later for his performance in A Star Is Born.

    Elliott plays Bobby, the worried and wise older brother of country music star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), who is hoping to save his younger sibling from the throes of addiction. The actor has also garnered a SAG Award nomination for the role.

  • Adam Driver

    The Girls and Star Wars alumnus received his first Oscar nomination for his performance as Flip Zimmerman in BlacKkKlansman.

    Basing his performance off the experiences of the real-life Flip Zimmerman, Driver plays a white officer who helps fellow cop Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) in infiltrating a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Driver has yet to win an award for his role in the Spike Lee joint, but has received multiple nominations, including from the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.