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Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Best Original Screenplay nominees are: "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.

A total of nine films were nominated in the Best Picture segment, which also included "The Post", "Get Out", "Call Me By Your Name" and "Lady Bird".

With Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) in the Supporting Actress category (along with Kaluuya and Washington in Best Actor), a fifth of the 20 nominated actors are black.

The film is the streaming platform's first non-documentary to earn a citation from the Academy, which should get champagne bottles popping at Ted Sarandos HQ - and additionally, Rachel Morrison picked up a nod for best cinematography, becoming the first woman in Oscar history to get a nomination in that category. He becomes the fifth black filmmaker nominated for best director, and the third to helm a best-picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins previous year for "Moonlight".

A theory: Maybe last year's all-time great Oscar moment-when a series of hilariously improbable screw-ups resulted in the Best Picture trophy suddenly transferring from La La Land, the movie everyone thought would win, to Moonlight, the movie that deserved to win-was the moment everything changed.

At a time when Hollywood continues in flux, more allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct surfacing daily, could the Academy Awards manage to be on the right side of history? "It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman - having both parents nominated in the same year". Each film has outscored only one or two previous best picture winners, so it's still super premature to pick a favorite in this category. If he were to win, he'd be the first black director to ever to win the category.

In recent years, Britain has produced films that have dominated the prestigious awards, with Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", winning eight Oscars in 2009, and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech", taking four major awards in 2010.

Daniel Kaluuya in
Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out.”

The directing category was always going to be a heart-breaker: there are a maximum of ten slots for Best Picture but only five for directors.

"It's fantastic for women and given the year that we've had, I think those nominations are popping out even stronger".

Baring a late surge at the BAFTAs or the DGAs from "Lady Bird" or "Dunkirk", we're pretty much down to a two-picture race for best picture.

960 WELI Radio Host, Vinnie Penn sits down with News 8 to discuss this year's nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.

"At times we anxious it would be insurmountable, or would rip us apart, or even worse - that no one would like it", Nanjiani and Gordon said in a joint statement. But the desire to see those in the minority of actors, directors and filmmakers working in Hollywood get their just recognition is not a call for mandatory inclusion in every category.

The full list of 2018 Oscar nominations can be seen here. The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilarating, and this nomination proves that our love is real.




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