Let's face it: In our real world - you know, everywhere outside of Hollywood - the past year has been a fairly disheartening stretch of time for women, minorities, and progressive ideas in general. ASU Now spoke to Reyes - who is a playwright and author and teaches a class called "The Oscars" - about the nominations. "What were they thinking?" is a common refrain.
Then, there are the Oscar completists - those who make it a habit to see all of the Academy Award-nominated films in a given year. Therein often lies the difficulty. "They're more apparent because of the year we've been through", Metcalf told Reuters. Important steps were taken with the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015. Her morally gray performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri made that film as fantastic as it was. But that is not to say that like every year, the Academy Awards didn't leave out some notable contenders out in the cold. That's great, with even more change needed.
The nominations also included distinguished snubs and surprises. But "The Boss Baby" did make the list. Or the absence of German leading candidate, "In the Fade", as best foreign film. Comedian-actress Tiffany Haddish and renowned actor Andy Serkis were joined by Academy President John Bailey to announce the lucky few who had been nominated for this year's ceremony.
Other films that received significant recognition from the Academy include Martin McDonagh's searing and dark revenge drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and Jordan Peele's "Get Out", an early 2017 horror flick about racism and abuse of power. Nolan has been previously nominated three times - best original screenplay for both "Memento" and "Inception", and best picture for the latter - but has never won.
Production Design: "Beauty and the Beast", "Blade Runner 2049", "Darkest Hour", "Dunkirk, "The Shape of Water".
"It's fantastic for women and given the year that we've had, I think those nominations are popping out even stronger".
In the cinematography field, Rachel Morrison received a nomination for "Mudbound", the Netflix biopic about slavery during wartime, making her the first female ever nominated in this category, the only category that hadn't had a woman nominated before until this year. If Peele wins, he'll become the first black person to win an Oscar for Best Director.
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The three-time Oscar victor said she was "honoured beyond measure" to be recognised for "a film that stands in defence of press freedom and inclusion of women's voices in the movement of history". The first: Suzanne de Pass for 1971's "Lady Sings the Blues".
In "The Disaster Artist", Franco stars as oddball filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, known for creating what some consider the best worst movie ever made, "The Room".
Indeed, how else to explain that four out of the five directing nominees are first-timers, while Steven Spielberg (The Post) was left out?
Original Screenplay: "The Big Sick", "Get Out", "Lady Bird", "The Shape of Water", "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".
Sun. Feb. 25: "Phantom Thread", "Lady Bird", "Get Out" and "Three Billboards".
Yes, that Kobe Bryant is nominated for producing and writing animated short "Dear Basketball".
In addition to their respective leads (Saoirse Ronan and Daniel Kaluuya) being recognised in the acting category, both are nominated for best film and best director. The best director nominees also include Mexican native Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), and Jordan Peele (Get Out).