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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

AWARDS SEASON 2018 THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS
"The Shape Of Water" Shapes The Oscars With 13 Nods



Sally Hawkins as Eliza and Octavia Spencer as Zelda in Guillermo Del Toro's drama "The Shape Of Water". 
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Early this morning the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences made Guillermo Del Toro's "The Shape Of Water" the film to beat in March, leading the way with 13 Oscar nominations including best picture, actress, supporting actor, director, cinematography and production design. 

After wins at the Golden Globes and over the weekend at the PGA Awards Mr. Del Toro's film cemented its front-runner status decisively, as the Academy showed its approval.  The next closest Oscar contender is "Dunkirk" with a distant eight nominations including Christopher Nolan's first for best director. 

There were a series of firsts at this morning's enthusiastic, stylist announcement hosted by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis -- two actors whom many felt should have been nominated themselves.  Rachel Morrison ("Mudbound") became the first woman to be nominated for Best Cinematography in 90 years of Oscars history.  Octavia Spencer became the first Black woman to receive back-to-back Oscar nods after winning for "The Help" in 2012.  Mary J. Blige was the first Black woman to receive two nominations on the same day (supporting actress, "Mudbound" and original song for the same film.)  Dee Rees became the first Black woman to receive a screenplay nomination (adapted, for "Mudbound").  She missed out though, on a best director nomination.

Jordan Peele perhaps had the best day of all with three Oscar nominations to his name.  The first-time feature film director scored big with the Academy for "Get Out".  He is the first Black director to achieve that feat.  Mr. Peele received director, original screenplay and producer (Best Picture) nominations, capping off a very impressive showing for what many regard as the best film of 2017.  Daniel Kaluuya was also nominated as best actor for "Get Out", becoming only the second Black British actor to be nominated in the category.


Although the Academy acknowledged several Black performers and filmmakers today, there were others who had no reason to celebrate. No Asian nominees this year with at least three actors Hong Chau, John Cho and Kelly Marie Tran in films that the Academy did not prioritize.  "The Last Jedi" was nominated for four Academy Awards mostly on the technical side.

Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director.  Ms. Gerwig directed "Lady Bird", which also received nominations for Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.  Ms. Gerwig also received an original screenplay nomination.

"Phantom Thread" did better than expected, netting six nods, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and director.  Jonny Greenwood was nominated for the film's original score.  Mark Bridges was also nominated for costume design. 

Gary Oldman was nominated for "Darkest Hour", which he seems a shoo-in for after wins at the Golden Globes and most recently the SAG Awards, on Sunday. 

"Three Billboards" got less nominations (seven) than it had been predicted to by some.  Any momentum Martin McDonagh's film had before today was blighted a little by the Academy, who despite nominating Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell steered clear of doing the same for Mr. McDonagh in the directing category.  He did he however, receive an original screenplay nomination.

"Call Me By Your Name" was largely overlooked today but did net picture, actor and adapted screenplay nominations.  "The Post" was virtually dead on arrival with two nominations, best picture and actress (Meryl Streep, expanding her record of Oscar nominations).  "I, Tonya" received three nominations, including for Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in the acting categories, but the film did not receive a best picture nomination. 

Finally, in what might be seen as something of a rebuke of two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, the Academy nodded to Christopher Plummer for his work in "All The Money In The World", though Michelle Williams missed out for the same film.  Jessica Chastain was not nominated for her work in "Molly's Game" but its first-time director Aaron Sorkin received a nod for his adapted screenplay.




 
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