Historic Oscar Nominations Mostly Get it Right

Official Oscar nominations were announced this morning and my second favourite movie of the year and pick to win Best Pic ‘Three Billboards’ received 7 nominations (Picture, Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actor x2, Score, Editing) while my favourite movie of the year Blade Runner 2049 received 5 nominations in the technical categories and did not bubble up to major contender like I hoped (Cinematography, Visual Effects, Production Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing) still an achievement. Lady Bird my fourth favourite of the year (I really need to make a list) received 5 major nominations (Pic, Direction, Script, Maj./Minor Fem Acting). The Shape of Water which I’m off to see today received 13 nominations (Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume, Score, Editing, Sound Editing & Mixing). And Dunkirk received 8 with the technical categories, Best Picture and a long awaited Best Director nomination for Christopher Nolan.

A deserved, historic nomination for Rachel Morrison for Mudbound.

Noticeably, James Franco missing was a bit of a surprise but spares us the outrage considering the gross behavior he’s accused of in the L.A. Times article. Denzel Washington getting his eighth(!) acting nomination was not a surprise to me considering he’s always been a good hustler when it comes to campaigning . It boggles me just a bit there has never been a female cinematographer nominated until now with Rachel Morrison (Mudbound) who is also cinematographer on the upcoming Black Panther. That industry sexism has held women back is a given, additionally camera technologies have become less physically demanding and less intimidating. It’s worth noting that fellow nominee Hoyte Van Hotema (Dunkirk) is famous for rejigging heavy IMAX cameras equipment to fit handheld on his shoulders via brute strength. Nonetheless as good as their work is I think they should both lose to the most clear cut winner this year: 14 time nominee with no wins Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049.

Hoyte Van Hotema hauling an IMAX camera in Interstellar. He is nominated this year for Dunkirk.

Surprisingly, the quiet Phantom Thread received 6 nominations, while an sixth acting nomination for 3-time winner Daniel Day Lewis in his presumably final role is no surprise, P.T. Anderson for directing I guess is to some, and Lesley Manville for supporting actress is the one performance I’d never heard mentioned until now. Finally, while Michael Green’s script for Blade Runner 2049 which I found to be one of the best of the year and apparently the best Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford have ever read was not nominated, Michael Green’s script for Logan was, which is a first for the superhero genre and worth celebrating.

I put a star next to my own predicted winners. I was accurate in my nomination predictions and would have been moreso had I not factored in what I thought deserved to win over who I predicted. But if you don’t give your own opinion on things and just follow others whats it matter? 


Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri*


Christopher Nolan — Dunkirk

Jordan Peele — Get Out

Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson — Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro — The Shape of Water*


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*


Call Me By Your Name — James Ivory

The Disaster Artist — Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Logan — Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green

Molly’s Game — Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound — Virgil Williams, Dee Rees


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.


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


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 (at 88, oldest nominee ever)

Sam Rockwell — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri*


Mary J. Blige — Mudbound

Allison Janney — I, Tonya*

Lesley Manville — Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf — Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer — The Shape of Water


Abacus: Small Enough to Jail — Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places — Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda

Icarus — Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan

Last Men in Aleppo — Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Søren Steen Jespersen

Strong Island — Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes


The Boss Baby — Tom McGrath, Ramsey Naito

The Breadwinner — Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco — Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson*

Ferdinand — Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent — Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart


A Fantastic Woman — Sebastián Lelio, Chile

The Insult — Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon

Loveless — Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia

On Body and Soul — Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary

The Square — Ruben Östlund, Sweden


Blade Runner 2049 — Roger A. Deakins*

Darkest Hour — Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk — Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound — Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water — Dan Laustsen


Beauty and the Beast — Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049 — Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk — Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water — Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin


Blade Runner 2049

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes*


Baby Driver — Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos

Dunkirk — Lee Smith*

I, Tonya — Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water — Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Jon Gregory


Beauty and the Beast — Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour — Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread — Mark Bridges

The Shape of Water — Luis Sequeira

Victoria & Abdul — Consolata Boyle


Darkest Hour — Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

Victoria & Abdul — Daniel Phillips, Lou Sheppard

Wonder — Arden Tuiten


Dunkirk — Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread — Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water — Alexandre Desplat

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — Carter Burwell


“Mighty River” — Mudbound, Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson

“Mystery of Love” — Call Me By Your Name, Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” — Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” — Marshall, Diane Warren, Lonnie R. Lynn

“This is Me” — The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul


Baby Driver — Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049 — Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk — Richard King, Alex Gibson

The Shape of Water — Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Matthew Wood, Ren Klyce


Baby Driver — Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis

Blade Runner 2049— Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Mac Ruth

Dunkirk — Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

The Shape of Water — Christian Cooke, Bran Zoern, Glen Gauthier

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Stuart Wilson


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