The 90th Academy Awards Nominations Are In

After several years of griping about a lack of diversity when it comes to the Oscars, it seems like the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences have finally gotten it right. This year’s nominations are the most diverse group of films and actors and actresses nominated in recent memory, with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leading the way. 

The Shape of Water landed 13 nominations altogether, which is just one shy of the record held by All About Eve, Titanic and La La Land. The fantasy film has made waves ever since it started playing the festival circuit at the end of August, and it’s received high praise from critics and audiences alike for it’s unique, artistic style. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has the second most nominations with 8, followed by the indy hit Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven.

Nine films were nominated for Best Picture altogether, including the three films mentioned above, as well as Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread and The Post. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird continues to receive great attention, including for the director herself who becomes only the fifth woman in history to be nominated for Best Director. 
Jordan Peele, who recently announced his retirement from acting to direct full time, also surprised many by being nominated for Best Director for his horror film Get out. It was both Peele and Gerwig’s first time behind the camera.They also received nominations for best original screenplay for their work.

On the Best Actor side of things it’s the case of veteran actors going up against young, up and comers. Timothée Chalamet of Call Me By Your Name and Daniel Kaluuya of Get Out will have their work cut out for them as they compete with Daniel Day-Lewis of Phantom Thread, Gary Oldman of  Darkest Hour and Denzel Washington of Roman J. Israel, Esq.. Early thoughts have Gary Oldman finally taking home a much deserved statue.

For Best Actress Saoirse Ronan of Lady Bird is getting a lot of attention, but she’s in a tough category up against Sally Hawkins of The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie of I, Tonya and Meryl Streep of The Post. Still, the young Irish lass is considered to be the favourite to win.

Like usual there are several well deserving candidates not included in this year’s nominations, including James Franco of The Disaster Artist, Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks of The Post, and Armie Hammer from Call Me By Your Name. Unfortunately not everyone can be nominated, and on March 4th we will narrow the lists down even further by finding out who the winners are.

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