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And the Oscar Nominees Are…

download (1)Hollywood may still be reeling from an unprecedented number of sexual harassment scandals, but it hasn’t relinquished its belief in awarding itself. The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced today, and they’re a pretty solid and inclusive batch compared to some years past. Let’s dive in a bit, shall we?

A few interesting items to note about this year’s nominations:

  • Netflix is really making the Academy notice movies that were primarily streamed instead of shown in traditional theaters. Movies created by the streaming giant garnered eight nominations.
  • Get Out is one of the few horror movies ever nominated for best picture. In addition, the main mind behind the film, Jordan Peele, is just the third person to receive best picture, directing, and writing nominations for his or her first film. Pretty impressive!
  • Steven Spielberg, whose The Post received several nominations, was snubbed in the best director category. This is a trend for the twice-winning legend, who’s had several relatively recent movies be nominated in many categories without receiving a best director nod.

As always, I’ll be posting my guesses for the winners the week before the Academy Awards air on March 4. In the meantime, check out the full list of nominees here, and leave your thoughts in the comments.

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best picture

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best director

Christopher Nolan — Dunkirk

Jordan Peele — Get Out

Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson — Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro — The Shape of Water

Best actor

Timothée Chalamet — Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day Lewis — Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out

Gary Oldman — Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington — Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best actress

Sally Hawkins — The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie — I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan — Lady Bird

Meryl Streep — The Post

Best supporting actor

Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins — The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer — All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best supporting actress

Mary J. Blige — Mudbound

Allison Janney — I, Tonya

Lesley Manville — Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf — Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer — The Shape of Water

One Response to “And the Oscar Nominees Are…”

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    Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]

    Fickle Academy! Average age of voters… 67! 86% are male!

    -Who will win…
    “The Shape of Water”
    Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers

    -Who SHOULD WIN…
    “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers

    -Who will win…
    “The Shape of Water”
    Guillermo del Toro

    -Who SHOULD WIN…
    Christopher Nolan

    ==Best Actor==
    -Who will win…
    Gary Oldman
    “Darkest Hour”

    -Who SHOULD WIN…
    Daniel Day-Lewis
    “Phantom Thread”

    ==ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE== Easiest to call!
    -Who will win…
    Sam Rockwell
    “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    -Who SHOULD WIN…
    Sam Rockwell
    “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    Who will win…
    Frances McDormand
    “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

    Sally Hawkins
    “The Shape of Water”

    ==ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE== This is the toughest to call!
    Who will win…
    Octavia Spencer
    “The Shape of Water”

    Allison Janney
    “I, Tonya”