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Celebrated & Snubbed – The 2018 Oscar Nominations!

The Oscars are coming! Or more formally,  The 90th Academy Awards arrive at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on March 4, 2018. Last year’s breakout movie star, Tiffany Haddish, and the extraordinary capture actor, Andy Serkis, announced the nominations for the prestigious award ceremony on Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

During the 18-minute nomination ceremony, Haddish was her charismatic self. The comedian came to the realization that she should probably watch Dunkirk on stage – “I gotta see this Dunkirk! It seems like a lot of people like it,” she laughed. Haddish mispronounced several nominees’ names, even referring to friend Archie Mann’s movie as “Call Me By Yo Name” every time it was nominated, but she laughed at herself and kept the ceremony moving. When Haddish and co-host Serkis were given a 90-second break, she used her time productively and took a power nap on his shoulder.  Considering the pair were slept-on in their respected categories – Haddish for her hilarious supporting role in Girls Trip and Serkis (whose capture acting has yet to be recognized by The Academy) for his role as Caeser in War of the Planet of the Apes – the two were in bright spirits and made the nomination ceremony worth watching.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leads with 13 nods, giving the Mexican director a slight edge over the competition. Ladybird director Greta Gerwig is nominated for the first time and is the only female in the category which proves Natalie Portman’s “all-male nominees” comment during the 2018 Golden Globes well placed. After winning both the Golden Globe and the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) for Best Director, the odds are in del Toro’s favour, but Jordan Peele is the MVP of the category and could very well land the win for Get Out.

Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri followed behind with nine nods and Dunkirk with eight. All three films earned best picture nominations along with Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Phantom Thread, Lady Bird, and The Post.

Some other nomination highlights include Meryl Streep’s 21st nod for The Post and Denzel Washington’s 9th nod for Roman J. Israel, Esq. Singer Mary J. Blige is a first and double nominee, Rachel Morrison is the first ever female cinematographer to be nominated for Mudbound, Yance Ford is the first transgender filmmaker nominated for his documentary Strong Island, Chile’s Best Foreign Language Film nominee (A Fantastic Woman) stars trans actress Daniela Vega, and sci-fi/superhero movie fans can rejoice in the accumulated nods for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Logan. Still, there’s no love for Wonder Woman as actress Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins are nowhere to be found.

Speaking of no love –  fresh off sexual assault accusations, actor James Franco is “snubbed” for his critically acclaimed, GoldenGlobe-winning portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. There’s been a lot of talk of whether or not Franco should be penalized at the Awards because of these accusations, but with the women speaking out just one week before the nomination ceremony, it’s unlikely the reasoning behind his “snub” is related to their claims. Either way, #TimesUp!

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg (The Post), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name), Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), Holly Hunter (The Bick Sick),  Martin McDonough (Three Billboards) and the entire IT movie were all noticeably missing from the nominations list, as well.

The 90th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel – for the second time – airs March 4th, 2018.

Here is the complete list of 2018 Oscar nominations:

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:

About the Author

Joey Viola is the Co-Founder of MoJo Toronto and an LGBTQ community leader who utilizes his passion and flair for the art of writing by bringing a fresh perspective in reviewing entertainment and advocating for equality, tolerance, and social/political justice.

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