Tuesday, January 23, 2018

90th Annual Academy Award Nominees

Welp, their in. The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards are finally in. Like many a year of Academy Award nominating, there are some surprises and some obvious snubs this year. Here's the full list of nominees:

BEST PICTURE
“Call Me By Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
DIRECTING
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel,  Esq”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
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 SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
EDITING
Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”
Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya”
John Gregory, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Sidney Wolinsky, “The Shape of Water”
CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
Bruno Delbonnel, “Darkest Hour”
Dan Laustsen, “The Shape of Water”
Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”
Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
“Abacus: Small Enough To Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus”
“Strong Island“
“Last Man in Aleppo”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Fantastic Woman”
“On Body And Soul”
“Loveless”
“The Insult”
“The Square”
ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
John Williams, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”
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
PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Beauty And The Beast”
COSTUME
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”
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”
SOUND MIXING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
SOUND EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
MAKEUP AND HAIR
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria And Abdul”
“Wonder”
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
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
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“The Boss Baby“
“Loving Vincent”
“Ferdinand”
ANIMATED SHORT:
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
“Edith+Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Lou”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”
Some of the biggest snubs to me include "The Disaster Artist" only getting one nomination. I mean, I kind of get it. I figured with everything circling around James Franco these past few days, the Academy wanted to play it safe. But Casey Affleck went through the same thing last year, and not only got nominated but got the win as well. I think James Franco still delivered one of the years best performances, and I do kind of wish he got the nod, even if I do understand why he didn't. The most unbelievable sub in my mind is the little love for "The Florida Project." I mean, maybe I am just biased, since that was my favorite film of the year last year. But I figured, for all the buzz it created, that it would get more than one nomination, but Willem Dafoe absolutely deserves to be on the list. I also have to say, "The LEGO Batman" movie got totally snubbed in the Animated movie category, I'm sorry did anybody actually see "Ferdinand?"
"First They Killed My Father" got totally and utterly snubbed in Foreign Pictures this year. My goodness, my goodness.
Even though it didn't make my end-of-the-year list last year, and I'd even argue that there were some better horror movies of last year, I love that "Get Out" is getting the respect it deserves. It's still a great movie and this shows that the Academy really dug deep to choose their nominations this year. This gives me hope that certain genres won't get overlooked. I'm sure some will challenge and debate this decision this year, regarding the OscarsSoWhite controversy and whether it deserved it or not, but this is an important nomination whether you liked the movie or not. I was pleasantly surprised that "Logan" getting a Screenplay nod, that made me happy. I was unpleasantly surprised that "Kong: Skull Island" got nominated for Visual Effects, out of all the special effects-rich films we got this year, that landed an nomination? I think movies with better visuals should have been recognized. I loved the "Big Sick" and "Baby Driver" love. I wish "Blade Runner 2049" got a little more love than it got. With all the exposure it got this year, I am surprised "Wonder Woman" didn't get a nod in any category this year.
It will be a little longer before I make my final predictions, but I am willing to bet "The Shape of Water" dominates this year, and from those nominations, it should. It certainly should.
What are your thoughts?

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