90th Academy Awards Nominations
January 23 saw the nominations announced for the 90th Academy Awards, honoring the most outstanding films or work therein for 2017. The telecast on ABC usually occurs on the last Sunday in February. This year, that Sunday is the closing ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, so instead the Academy Awards will air on March 4. Like the Olympics, the Academy Awards or Oscars are also about handing out gold prizes.
Leading the nominees, The Shape of Water has the most with 13 nominations. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is in second place with 9 nominations. Dunkirk has the bronze position with 7 nominations. The other World War II drama, Darkest Hour, and the romantic drama set in the British fashion world, Phantom Thread, tie with 6 nominations. Lady Bird has 5 nominations. The horror film about racism, Get Out, has 4 nominations, and Steven Spielberg’s journalism drama, The Post, rounds out the Best Picture contenders with only 2 nominations.
Unfortunately, none of the films that made my Top Ten Movies of 2017 made the list for Best Picture. Nevertheless, my hope as always is that as many minorities win as possible. This includes women. Given the past year with #MeToo and the Time’s Up campaign, more women need to win across the board. These nominations saw the first female cinematographer ever nominated. A win for Rachel Morrison would be amazing. These nominations saw only the fifth female director ever nominated. A win for Greta Gerwig would also be amazing.
People of color like Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele and Guillermo del Toro all have multiple nominations this year. My hope is that all of them wind up on stage with trophies in hand. Notably, Octavia Spencer received her third Oscar nomination for her role in The Shape of Water, thus making her the most nominated black actress, next to Viola Davis. Spencer is also the first black woman to receive a consecutive nomination after she was recognized last year for Hidden Figures.
Along that same track, Denzel Washington received his eighth nomination for acting. He was nominated last year for his role in Fences, which made him the most nominated black actor in Oscar history. He continues that reign with his nomination this year in Roman J. Israel, Esq. However, Washington is still miles behind Meryl Streep who received her 21st acting nomination with her role in The Post. Streep continues her overall reign as the most nominated actor of any type in Oscar history.
The Oscars have 24 categories and here’s the breakdown.
Best Actor, Supporting
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
Best Actress, Supporting
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Best Music, Original Song
Best Music, Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Live Action Short
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us