The Shape of Water scores big with 13 Oscar nominations

Jan 24, 2018, 11:27
The Shape of Water scores big with 13 Oscar nominations

■Michael Stuhlbarg may not have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but he managed to pull off a rare feat by appearing in three films nominated for Best Picture: "The Post", "The Shape of Water" and "Call Me By Your Name".

Martin McDonagh was snubbed as a director despite his film Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri earning seven nominations (including Best Picture); he did, however, land an Original Screenplay nomination for it. Steven Spielberg was overlooked despite The Post landing a Best Picture nomination.

Get Out is also considered a genre movie (horror-thriller) and it landed four nominations (Picture, Director, Actor, Original Screenplay), but we'll wait and see if it takes home any awards.

It was a good day for women, generally speaking, with the first ever nomination for a female cinematographer (Rachel Morrison for "Mudbound") and Greta Gerwig becoming the fifth woman in history to get a best director nomination (for "Lady Bird"), but the love stopped short of one of the most populist female-driven projects of the year: "Wonder Woman". (That's what's going on in the chart above.) This year, the front-runner is easy to spot: With a major win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and more cumulative points than six of the previous 10 winners (at this point in the Oscars race), 1997 best actress victor McDormand is a clear favorite. "In a world that seems to be yearning for true statesmanship, to see Churchill's words and legacy resonate so strongly, not only with audiences worldwide, but now with our peers leaves us with full hearts today". No other movie with a release date that early has been nominated for best picture since 1991's "Silence of the Lambs". "They're more apparent because of the year we've been through", Metcalf told Reuters.

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Disney's blockbuster live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Harry Potter's own Hermione Granger, Emma Watson scored nods for Best Production Design as well as Best Costumes.

Dee Rees became the first black woman nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category for Mudbound and only the second to be nominated in a screenwriting category at all.

Gerwig is only one of five women to ever be up for best director, and equally as surprising is the fact that Peele is only the fifth black director to be up for this title.

Who should win best picture?

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"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.

Nominees for the Academy Awards, which will be presented on March 4, greeted the honours with surprise, gratitude and some serious thoughts about making movies.

Sweeping British World War Two drama "Dunkirk", from Warner Bros., followed with eight nominations, including for director Christopher Nolan.

This year's Oscar nominations, announced overnight, were a charged affair.

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Here are 13 Oscar nominations that should have never happened. Cool. A Best Picture slot for The Post despite zero recognition in the technical categories, or anywhere other than Meryl Streep's expected nomination? Get Out came out in January, and Dunkirk came out in July, and The Shape of Water came out in December.

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