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posted Friday, January 26, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 04
2018 Academy Award nominations
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2018 Academy Award nominations

The Shape of Water swims its way to 13 nominations while Peele, Gerwig make history

by Sara Michelle Fetters - SGN A&E Writer

Guillermo del Toro's romantic horror fairy tale The Shape of Water was the undeniable big winner when the nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were revealed early Tuesday morning, the filmmaker's haunting labor of love picking up 13 noms including nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor Richard Jenkins. But the bigger news involved Jordan Peele's satiric horror commentary Get Out, Greta Gerwig's touching teenage coming of age comedy-drama Lady Bird and Dee Rees's Netflix-released period drama Mudbound, each film breaking new historical ground with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as they garnered four, five and four nominations respectively.

Also making waves was Paul Thomas Anderson's Hitchcockian drama Phantom Thread. Reportedly the final film of Best Actor nominee Daniel Day-Lewis's career, Anderson's latest ended up grabbing six overall noms including somewhat surprising notices for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress Lesley Manville, making it an instant Oscar frontrunner. Not so surprisingly joining it there is Martin McDonagh's visceral drama Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, the critical and awards group favorite taking home five nominations including ones for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actors Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

Other surprises included Denzel Washington cracking the Best Actor field for his turn in the drama Roman J. Israel, Esq., joining Day-Lewis, Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) in the category. This left James Franco out in the cold, his award-winning performance in The Disaster Artist somewhat shockingly snubbed, leading some to believe the reaction to his wearing a 'Time's Up!' pin to the Golden Globes when he is dealing with his own abuse allegations didn't sit well in the minds of a number of Oscar voters. It should also be noted that Washington's nomination here is his eighth for acting, a record for an African American actor.

On the flipside of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting nominee in Academy history at 88, the veteran icon picking up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his turn in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. As some will remember, Scott took the unprecedented step of reshooting all of the scenes involving the character Plummer portrayed less than two months before the picture's theatrical release, the actor replacing Kevin Spacey in the role after sexual abuse allegations against Spacey suddenly came to light. Plummer is joined by Harrelson, Rockwell, Jenkins and Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) in the category.

Gerwig becomes only the fifth woman in Academy history to be nominated for Best Director, joining Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), the only one to win the Oscar, on that frustratingly short list. As for Peele, he is only the third filmmaker to receive Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations for his debut motion picture, Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait) and James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment) the only other two to do the same. Additionally, it's worth noting his script nomination comes for an original work while both Beatty and Brooks adapted existing properties, an intriguing extra bit of information certain to become a Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy question sometime in the near future.

In regards to Mudbound, while the film didn't crack the proverbial glass ceiling and nab a Best Picture nomination, the fact this Netflix-released drama received any notices from the Academy at all has to be construed as something of a major shift as to the minds of many Oscar voters. Up to now, voters have been loath to grant the streaming behemoth recognition as far as their releases are concerned, treating them more like television movies and not as bona fide theatrical releases. This time out, however, Rees's masterful opus proved impossible to ignore, the film garnering noms for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress Mary J. Blige, Best Original Song and Best Cinematography. Additionally, Blige's double nomination for acting and for co-writing the song 'Mighty River' is an Oscar first, while Rachel Morrison becomes the first woman to be nominated for cinematography in Academy history.

Meryl Streep snagged her 21st nomination for her turn in Steven Spielberg's The Post breaking her own record. She's joined in the Best Actress field by Frances McDormand (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Margot Robbie (I, Tonya). Joining Blige and Manville in the Supporting Actress category are Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water), the latter tying Viola Davis with her third acting nomination, the most ever for an African American actress.

Other items of note in regards to this year's slate of Academy Award nominees:



o Christopher Nolan's nomination for Best Director is the veteran filmmaker's first. Meanwhile, his hit WWII epic Dunkirk managed eight overall nods including notices for Best Picture, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography.

o While Call Me by Your Name managed four nominations (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Original Song), and even though he delivered notable supporting performances in three Best Picture nominated films (The Post and The Shape of Water being the other two), somewhat surprisingly Michael Stuhlbarg failed to grab a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Here's hoping at some point in the future he'll get recognized by the Academy for consistently delivering superlative performances.

o Roger Deakins picked up his 14th nomination for Best Cinematography for his exquisite work shooting Blade Runner 2049, and while he's the frontrunner to finally win (Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Mudbound and The Shape of Water round out the category), it won't shock anyone if he ends up going home empty-handed one more time.

o Chile's A Fantastic Woman is the first Oscar-nominated feature with a Transgender actress (Daniela Vega) in the lead role. Joining the drama in the Best Foreign Language Film category are The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), Of Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden).

o John Williams received his 51st Academy Award nomination (he's won five times) for composing the score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, building on his own record of most nods to any single individual.

o In the same year she is taking home an Honorary Oscar, the legendary Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda scored her first ever Academy Award nomination for directing the documentary Faces Places, an award she is widely expected to win.

o Coco becomes the eleventh Pixar production to be nominated for Best Animated Feature. It is also nominated for Best Original Song.

o As far as I can tell, Kobe Bryant becomes the first one-time professional basketball player to be up for an Academy Award, the former Los Angeles Laker nominated alongside Glen Keane for their Best Animated Short Dear Basketball.

o Logan became the first superhero comic book movie to be nominated for a writing Oscar, Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green picking up nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.

o On the flipside of the equation, Wonder Woman went home empty-handed, the box office smash failing to get a single nomination, even in any of the technical categories where singling it out for recognition would have been considered more than worthwhile.

The 90th annual Academy Awards will be awarded on Sunday, March 5 and will be telecast live on ABC at 8pm (EST)/5pm (PST).

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES

BEST PICTURE
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk

Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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.


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
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


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water


DIRECTING
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly's Game
Mudbound


ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent


CINEMATOGRAPHY
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water


COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island


DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Edith+Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop


FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
On Body and Soul
The Square


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder


ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri


ORIGINAL SONG
'Mighty River,' Mudbound
'Mystery Of Love,' Call Me by Your Name
'Remember Me,' Coco
'Stand Up For Something,' Marshall
'This Is Me,' The Greatest Showman


PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water


ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes


LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O'Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us


SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi


SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi


VISUAL EFFECTS
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes


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