Four Winners and Two Losers from the Oscar Nominations
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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards ceremony were announced last week, and in an awards season without a clear frontrunner film, the nominations brought several unexpected successes and snubs.
Winner: The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro’s romantic monster movie dominated the nominations field, garnering 13 nominations, only one short of tying the record held by La La Land, Titanic, and All About Eve for most nominations ever. The Shape of Water has already been nominated for over two hundred accolades across this awards season, and it far and away leads the Oscars field, with the second-most nominated film (Dunkirk) trailing behind with eight nominations.
Loser: The Post
It might seem backwards to call a movie with a Best Picture nod a ‘loser,’ but Steven Spielberg’s political drama missed out on nominations for both lead actor Tom Hanks and the director himself, as well as original screenplay, and ended up being nominated for only two awards--Best Picture and Meryl Streep’s performance (with Streep breaking her own record for most-nominated actor of all time). The Post has the least nominations of any Best Picture nominee this year.
Besides Streep topping her own record, the nominations set several other milestones. Denzel Washington’s Best Actor nod for Roman J. Israel, Esq. made him the most nominated Black actor of all time, and Christopher Plummer’s turn in All the Money in the World made him the oldest person ever nominated for an acting award. Additionally, Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Jordan Peele (Get Out) became the fifth woman and the fifth Black filmmaker, respectively, to be nominated for the Best Director award, and Rachel Morrison’s Best Cinematography nomination for Mudbound made her the first woman to be nominated in the category. Peele is also the third filmmaker ever to receive nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay in a single year.
Loser: Michael Stuhlbarg
Despite appearing in three of the Best Picture nominated films (The Post, The Shape of Water, and Call Me By Your Name) and receiving nominations for all three performances from various minor awards ceremonies this season, Michael Stuhlbarg failed to get a nomination for his work in any of the three films. The Supporting Actor category was tight this season, with Stuhlbarg’s Call Me By Your Name co-star Armie Hammer also missing out on a nod.
Winner: Phantom Thread
Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1950s drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis shocked people by collecting six nominations. Released at the back end of 2017, Phantom Thread was expected to get a nod for Day-Lewis’s performance (which is purportedly his final film role), but it also scooped up nominations in several other major categories, including Best Director for Anderson, shutting out Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’s Martin McDonagh and Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino.
Winner: Genre Movies
With horror film Get Out, fantasy film The Shape of Water, and LGBTQ+ romance Call Me By Your Name all scoring Best Picture nods as well as acting nominations, the field is far more diverse in genre than would typically be expected. Though Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman was shut out, Logan became the first superhero film to be nominated for its screenplay. Additionally, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film Blade Runner 2049 accrued six nominations. Whether this year ends up being a blip on the radar or indicative of a shifting dynamic for the Oscars remains to be seen, but it certainly makes for an exciting race.