'First Man,' 'Solo' Get Tech Nominations for 2019 Oscars

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A still from the 2018 film "First Man," in which Ryan Gosling plays famed Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong. (Image credit: Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures)

No big nominations, but space films "First Man" and "Solo" have a few tech-focused nods this Oscar season.

"First Man," directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, documented the early days of the Apollo program culminating in Neil Armstrong's historic trip to the moon. The movie folded in meticulously detailed Apollo-era technology and set pieces, and the effort was rewarded in technical nominations: the movie bagged nominations for production design and for set decoration, as well as for sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects, according to the Academy Awards website.

Meanwhile, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" was nominated for a visual effects Oscar, as was "Avengers: Infinity War," which featured several long scenes in space. The 8-minute animated movie "One Small Step," by Taiko Studios, was nominated for best animated short film. The film follows a young girl who hopes to one day be an astronaut.

Despite the lack of many space movie nominations, remember one more Oscar connection if you tune in Feb. 24: the gold-plated trophies are coated the same way as the ultra-reflective mirrors on NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope!

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Sarah Lewin
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Sarah Lewin started writing for Space.com in June of 2015 as a Staff Writer and became Associate Editor in 2019 . Her work has been featured by Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Quanta Magazine, Wired, The Scientist, Science Friday and WGBH's Inside NOVA. Sarah has an MA from NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and an AB in mathematics from Brown University. When not writing, reading or thinking about space, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and mathematical papercraft. She is currently Assistant News Editor at Scientific American. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahExplains.