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By: Sara Florez

And the Oscar goes to…

Film lovers and critics will have to wait until Sunday, March 4 to hear those famous words. However, the nominations for this years 90th annual Oscar awards were announced this morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Academy president John Bailey was joined by comedian Tiffany Haddish and actor Andy Serkis to reveal the nominees.

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” continues to dominate the award season with 13 nominations. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has nine nominations and “Dunkirk” has seven.


The Globe and Mail lead film critic, Kate Taylor was surprised by how many nominations were received by “The Shape of Water”, that was shot in Toronto and Hamilton.

“I liked the film but it wasn’t sort of top of my list,” Taylor said.

“I guess I didn’t expect it to do as strongly as it did but the Academy tends often to go for easy to embrace, slightly sentimental choices,” she added.

In Taylor’s opinion one movie that was snubbed for not receiving enough nominations was “The Post”.

“One did surprise me a bit was I thought The Post might have done a bit better than it did because its message is very obvious and it’s a film very much fit for the political moment,” Taylor said.

“Even though set in the 1970s’, it could be seen as being kind of anti-Trump and very much pro the press,” Taylor said.

“It obviously didn’t get a best director nomination for Spielberg, although Meryl Streep did get that best actress nomination.

Globe and Mail deputy arts film editor, Barry Hertz had a different opinion and thought the film Mudbound  was snubbed for not receiving more nominations.

Mudbound only received four nominations and I know it hasn’t been talked about as much, opposed to Lady Bird or Get Out but this film has so much potential, the Academy didn’t see it,” Hertz said.

The academy decided to switch things up this year and revealed the nominations with nine actresses doing introductions for each of the categories. The actresses included; Gal Gadot, Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, Priyanka Chopra, Rosario Dawson, Rebel Wilson,  Zoe Saldana, Molly Shannon and Michelle Yeoh.

Another change for this years Oscars is the handling of envelopes to prevent the kind of mistake that happened last year. Last year, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway  mistakenly named La La Land as best picture. The film Moonlight was the correct winner.

Princewaterhouse Coopers made a statement at the time and took took full responsibility for the error. The firm confirmed PwC managing partner Brian Cullian handed out the back-up envelope for actress in a leading role, instead of the one for best picture.

A couple of things won’t be changing such as Jimmy Kimmel returning to host for the second consecutive year. Producers Jennifter Todd and Michael De Luca will also be returning.

With the #Metoo movement and the gender pay gap continuing to dominate conversations in Hollywood, Taylor believes there’s some diversity in the Oscar noms, but more needs to be done.

“It’s still an industry dominated by the creations of white men, “Taylor said.

“For instance in the director category there’s one woman, Greta Gerwig, and there are often no women in that category. In fact it’s uncommon for there to be female nominees in the best director category.

One woman who has made history for being the first woman ever to be nominated in a cinematography category is Rachel Morrison for Mudbound. 

Here’s a list of the key 2018 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture
“Get Out”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Shape of Water”
“The Post”
“Phantom Thread”
“Lady Bird”
“Dunkirk”
“Darkest Hour”

Lead Actress
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Margot Robbie, “I Tonya”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Lead Actor
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

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

Supporting Actor
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

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

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

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

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