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A day that all film fanatics have been waiting for has arrived at last. The nominations for the 2018 Oscars have been released. Clearly, I, along with a lot of other people, have been highly anticipating which films would be recognised by the Academy. I had my hopes of what films and performances would be nominated. Yet, at the same time, I had ideas of what would get nominated based on previous award ceremonies such as the PGA Awards and the SAG Awards. The nominees have now been announced so let us take a look at some of them.
Without a doubt, The Shape of Water is the big winner when it comes to nominations at the 2018 Oscars. The film garnered thirteen nominations in categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay among many others. The films which came the closest to The Shape of Water in regards to nominations were Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Dunkirk received eight nominations and Christopher Nolan finally received a nomination for Best Director. He was snubbed for The Dark Knight and Inception but he finally got a Best Director nomination. I would argue that his nomination is mainly influenced by recognising his excellent body of work rather than his good work in Dunkirk but that is just me. Dunkirk was also nominated for Best Picture as well as Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer.
Three Billboards obtained seven nominations. However, some people were upset that Martin McDonagh did not receive a Best Director nomination. Still, at least Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell received nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively. Woody Harrelson also got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Three Billboards.
As expected, Gary Oldman was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. That film as well as Get Out, Lady Bird, Call Me By Your Name, The Post and Phantom Thread were all nominated for Best Picture. Phantom Thread actually did much better than expected. Yet, something that was probably not in doubt was Meryl Streep being nominated for The Post. It seems as though whenever Meryl Streep is in a film, she will likely be nominated for an Oscar. The same can be said for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Good and Bad Surprises
Still, for me, some of the nominations for the 2018 Oscars were surprising. For one, seeing Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington receive Best Actor nominations surprised me as I never considered them to be in major contention. I was pleased to see Mudbound get the amount of nominations it received. That film is incredibly powerful and I am pleased it got some recognition. I was also delighted to see John Williams receive a Best Original Score nomination for his work in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
However, some of the decisions made with the Oscar nominations shocked me in a bad way. For one, Blade Runner 2049 not receiving a Best Picture or Best Director nomination is, in my eyes, a travesty. I am pleased it was nominated for some technical awards. However, Blade Runner 2049 is brilliant and I wish the film and Denis Villeneuve got nominated for Oscars in their respective categories.
Moreover, the fact that The Lego Batman Movie was not nominated for Best Animated Film is ridiculous. It was bad enough when The Lego Movie got snubbed and it has happened again. Now, I have not seen The Boss Baby or Ferdinand. But, I cannot possibly imagine that they are both better than The Lego Batman Movie. Still, the nominations have been announced. All we can do now is wait for the award ceremony to see who wins.
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