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2019 Oscar Noms: 'Black Panther' Snags 7 Oscar Nods, Rami Malek Nominated for 'Best Lead Actor'

Check out the full list of nominations for the 2019 Oscars here.

The complete list of films that are in the running to take home the coveted golden Oscar statue is here, Variety reports.

Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek has another shot to make history during awards season, as he's up for the Academy Award for 'Best Actor' for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. If he wins, he will be the first actor of Egyptian origin to win the award.

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'Black Panther' Wins 'Best Film' at African American Film Critics Association Awards

Awards season is off to a great start for the history-making film.

Awards season is underway, and things are already beginning to look up for Black Panther.

The record-shattering film picked up three awards at the African American Film Critics Association Awards (AAFCA)—the largest association of professional black film critics.

It wins include Best Film, Best Director for Ryan Coogler and Best Song for Kendrick Lamar and SZA's "All the Stars," from the Black Panther soundtrack which recently earned a whopping seven Grammy nominations.

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Seun Kuti, Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Soweto Gospel Choir & More Earn 2019 Grammy Nominations

And, yes, they're still calling it "world" music.

The 2019 Grammy nominations have been announced, and some of our African favorite artists have made the cut—though they've, once, again, mostly been constrained to the vague and reductive category of "world" music.

This year, four out of the five nominees for the category are of African descent, including Seun Kuti and his band Egypt 80 for Black Times, Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for her album Fento, Niger-born Tuareg musician Bombino for the album Deran, and the Soweto Choir, who performed at OkayAfrica and Global Citizen's Next 100 Summit in Johannesburg just last week, earned a nomination for their album Freedom.

We're rooting for all of these musicians, but it's be nice if they weren't all lumped into one category, considering they all have very different sounds. We also hoped that with the massive cultural impact of afrobeats, that one of the genre's big names would have made the cut. It's clear that the Grammys remain behind on fully recognizing the talent coming from the continent.

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