Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

Posted January 24, 2018

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri", helmed by British director Martin McDonagh, was nominated in the best film category, and star Frances McDormand was nominated for best leading actress, though McDonagh was not nominated for directing the critically acclaimed film.

And while the Golden Globes failed to nominate Greta Gerwig for directing Lady Bird, which won the Best Comedy/Musical award-apparently that movie just directed itself-Gerwig earned a Best Director nod on top of Lady Bird's Best Picture nomination. With Gerwig's Directors Guild nomination and her Critics' Choice Awards nomination for this film - which is her solo directorial debut by the way - her chances are definitely good for the win.

Nearly a century after the Academy Awards began, Rachel Morrison made Hollywood history yesterday in becoming the first woman to be nominated as best cinematographer for the Mississippi-set drama, Mudbound.

Other Best Picture contenders include "The Post", which has Meryl Streep up for Best Actress, and "Phantom Thread", with Daniel Day Lewis up for Best Actor.

After two consecutive years of almost all-white nominees in major categories in 2015 and 2016, the Oscars So White campaign pushed for better representation of people of colour in the honoured films.

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It was also nominated for best original screenplay, with the rest of its nods coming in technical categories.

Patty Jenkins helmed "Wonder Woman" was entirely snubbed at the 90th Academy Awards nominations. In an emailed statement, the actor is quoted as saying, "THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE".

The cascading fallout of sexual harassment scandals throughout Hollywood put particular focus on the best director category, which for many is a symbol of gender inequality in the film industry.

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.

It has been a milestone year for women in Hollywood and it seems the Academy made a decision to sprinkle a bit of girl power into the mix during the Oscars nominations. "I am certainly grateful both for the opportunity to be the first on the platform and really, hopefully, it inspires young women to follow their dreams and to get in the camera department and become cinematographers".

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The dark drama is one of the favourites for best picture, and winning that without a best director nomination certainly isn't impossible - Ben Affleck managed it with Argo in 2013.

Roger Deakins has stoically clapped the best cinematographer victor 13 times now, after being nominated multiple times without a win.

"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.

Following months of headlines about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond, and campaigns for female empowerment, women and their stories resonated with the 8,000 voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "The entire team who made "Lady Bird" poured their heart and soul into it, and I am so deeply grateful to the Academy for their recognition".

Actor Doug Sally Hawkins attends the premiere of "The Shape of Water" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 15, 2017. The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilarating, and this nomination proves that our love is real.

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