Oscar Nominations Announced! (90th Academy Awards)


This year’s Oscar nominations were announced this morning, which means that it’s time for everybody to start going to see truly serious cinema for a few weeks before we get back to whatever tent pole event is up next. Here are the films and individual efforts which the Academy would like to draw your attention to.

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”

Lead 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.”

Lead 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”

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”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


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

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer
“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood
“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:


Well, I’ve still got more movies to see! Let us know what you think about the nominations in the comments section and look forward to some Oscars coverage to come over the next month!







Posted on January 23, 2018, in Awards, Movies, Oscars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Just a few things stand out for me at first glance:

    Baby Driver- a well-deserved nomination in Best Film Editing

    Denzel Washington- This very well might be an actual snub of James Franco. Denzel is well-liked and respected and Franco at the moment is not.

    Phantom Thread- A big morning for this movie! Most prognosticators did not have it being nominated for Picture or Director, though nominations for Day-Lewis and Manville are less surprising.

    I, Tonya- I’m not going to call this a snub because I generally dislike the way that word is used in Oscars coverage, but let’s say it is the most notable exclusion from the Best Picture race and it is a better film than at least two of the movies that were nominated. Also, as they have been doing, the Academy left one possible nomination slot blank, just in case you thought they just ran out of slots for all of the deserving movies. They did not.

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  2. Seen 5 of the 10 BP nominees. Surprised albeit pleasantly to see Get Out nominated.

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  3. While Blade Runner: 2049 was never going to recognized in the top-tier categories, I am glad to see the film gained 5 Oscar nominations in the technical fields. Heck, the original classic film only had two going for it back then, Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction. It was one of my favorite films of the years so I am glad to see some love from the Academy here.

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    • I predict the sequel will follow in the footsteps of the original. Under-appreciate in its time. Over the next several years, audiences will discover 2049 as a worthy successor.


    • Question on “Blade Runner”. I have not seen the original since HBO premiered it way back in 1983 or so. Should I revisit that before seeing the sequel? Or will I be okay going in basically new to the events?


      • I would recommend seeing the original first, but that’s like saying you get to have a cookie before you have your popsicle. They’re both excellent.


      • You can go into the Blade Runner sequel without having seen the original. The central concepts are all explained and the story is mostly stand-alone. There are a lot of references to Deckard (Harrison Ford’s character) and Rachel (Sean Young), but all the information you really need is contained in the sequel. Having said that, you will probably appreciate the sequel more if the original is relatively fresh in your mind. But it’s not required.

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  4. I need to hear these other songs. I hated the new Beauty & the Beast film, but Evermore is a fantastic song, and was pretty much considered the one to beat for most of year. I’m gobsmacked that both the Globes and the Academy passed it over.

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    • I’m guessing that whoever is doing the campaigning over at Disney decided to push “Remember Me” from Coco instead, and “Evermore” ended up taking the fall. There are definitely politics involved in how the Oscars get handed out, and part of that is internal at the studios in what they decide to get behind come awards season. Campaigning can be very influential. Notice how Allison Janney has been beating Laurie Metcalf? That’s partly because she’s been at all of the parties pressing flesh. Of course James Franco campaigned really hard and it still couldn’t save him a nomination.


  5. Interesting set of nominations:

    -A lot of top-drawer Oscar nominations for Get Out; that is extremely unusual, if not flat-out unheard of, for a horror film.

    -Two Best Picture nominees are historical dramas set at almost exactly the same time, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk—one of them about the big players on the historical stage at the time, the other about the “ordinary” heroes.

    -It’s nice to see all the plaudits that Sally Hawkins is getting for The Shape of Water; I’ve been a fan of hers for quite a while now.

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    • Off the top of my head, the only big Oscar winner I can think of that fits in the horror box would be Silence of the Lambs. But it manages to hide its genre roots well enough that I don’t think the Academy realized they were voting for a horror movie. Get Out is also unconventional, but a little more traditionally within the genre.


      • More and more, I am getting the sense that I am really missing out on not having seen Get Out. Horror is sort of like sci-fi in a way, in that it is considered a 3rd rate genre that almost never gets recognized by the elite Academy in the upper Oscar categories. The only other horror Best Picture nominations that come to mind – off the top of my head – are Silence of the Lambs and The Exorcist. Other than Get Out, are there any others in the Oscars nearly 90 year history?

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        • The Sixth Sense was nominated. There are probably others, but they are few and far between.

          I liked Get Out, don’t get me wrong, but I have to admit it didn’t live up to my expectations after having heard all of the acclaim. I don’t want to get deep into the top secret story, but I struggled with suspension of disbelief at times. It’s good and I am glad to see a movie like this get its due. Maybe on second viewing, I will revise my appraisal upwards.


        • I just watched Get Out for the first time. There is definitely some excellent build in the story, some wonderful camera work, and damn Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford, and Betty Gabriel are great in it. But I get where Lebeau is coming from. There are tonal breaks in the story and


          The central endgame is not enough crazier than the assumed endgame to make the impact it needs to for me.

          End Spoilers

          I’m on board with the nominations, but there are other films and performances that I personally would vote for first.

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        • You hit on something that had been nagging at me since I watched the movie. I couldn’t put my finger on what it was, but once everything was revealed, I was like “so, that’s pretty close to what we all assumed outside of some parts I never would have thought of because they strain credibility.”

          Good movie, but Best Picture material? I will have to watch it again with more reasonable expectations.


        • I went looking to see if Psycho got nominated. It got a few nods albeit no BP one.

          In general, Silence got helped by the fact that a lot of people saw it as more of a psychological thriller than a horror movie. That’s what I see it as. I don’t disagree with filing it in the horror category though. Se7en however I wouldn’t consider horror. I remember describing that one to a friend not long after I saw it and he was like “it’s a horror movie?” “More of a thriller” I replied. Then again, the line between horror and thriller can be pretty thin and I try not to get caught up in arbitrary discussions about meaningless genre placement.


  6. Very happy with the nominations for CMBYN, but sad for Stuhlbarg and especially Hammer, who probably was hoping for some redemption with that nomination.

    I do not get the love for 3BB outside MissourEE (says this former St. Louisian), but I would pick Harrelson over Rockwell between the two. Although I would pick Jenkins over all of them. He is just consistently good in everything.

    Happy for the first timers Peele and Gerwig, and “Get Out” and “Logan” getting major nominations. Hopefully, this will make the Academy notice how good some work has been in “genre” pictures.

    Happy for Robbie, the tech awards for “Baby Driver”, “Mystery of Love” (which has been stuck in my head for a week), and definitely rooting for Roger Deakins even though I haven’t seen “Blade Runner”. But, man, is he way overdue!!!

    Sad for Hunter and Romano, But all in all, really well done, Academy. Now surprise us with the worthiest wins, not just carbon copies of the last 3 awards shows.


  7. Mostly happy with the picks. Boss Baby I’m surprised has any nominations, even Best Animated Film, but I guess they just couldn’t think of another nom for Best Animated Film and had to pick SOMETHING.

    Honestly, though, if GOTG Vol. 2 was going to get nominated for anything, I think Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Make Up, and Best Cinematography are more worthy inclusions than Best Visual Effects. I mean, some of the effects were great but some, like the blue wave thingy attacking all the planets and some of the green screen effects, looked rather fake to me.


    • The new voting rules allowing all Academy voters to weigh in on the nominations for animated features appear to have struck here with the nomination of Boss Baby. It is encouraging, however, to see some other less mainstream animated films (loving Vincent, The Breadwinner) still getting some attention in this category.

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