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Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Though many minorities were still absent from the acting categories, the film academy, which has worked to diversify its membership, put forward a field of nominees nearly as diverse as last year when "Moonlight", "Fences" and "Hidden Figures" powered a rebuttal to the "OscarsSoWhite" backlash of the two years prior.

Several other films nominated in various categories featured actors familiar to Potter fans.

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. "And that's why you're seeing so many people in so many different departments that are British, working on the biggest and smallest films all around the world and getting accolades like Oscar nominations today".

"Get Out", Jordan Peele's modern racial satire told in the form of a thriller, won directing and screenplay nominations on top of a coveted best picture nod.

The film hit Mexican cinemas two weekends ago, rising to the top of the domestic box office and earning 61.2 million pesos (just under United States $3.5 million) on its opening weekend.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the award ceremony will be held on March 4. It's insane that The Shape of Water, with its 13 nominations, didn't get a nod for Best Makeup.

"Mudbound" director Dee Rees, though not recognized in that category, became the first black woman in 45 years - and the second ever - to be nominated for an original screenplay Oscar.

Frances McDormand, a four-time nominee and a victor for Fargo in 1997, was nominated for her lead performance in Three Billboards. Bigelow is the only woman to take home the honor in the show's 89-year history. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson was nominated for best director in the spot that might have gone to McDonagh, and Anderson's movie was nominated for best picture.

The nominations announced on Tuesday morning, for the ninetieth Academy Awards, reflect a changed-but not transformed-Academy.

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Elsewhere, in what was quietly the biggest news to come from the nomination announcement, Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated in the Best Cinematography category for her work on Mudbound.

Greta Gerwig becomes the fifth woman ever nominated for best director.

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.

Britons Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman and Daniel Kaluuya were nominated in the leading actor category for their roles in "Phantom Thread", "Darkest Hour", and "Get Out" respectively. Mr. Franco was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied, just days before Oscar voting closed.

The Disaster Artist did score an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. But the desire to see those in the minority of actors, directors and filmmakers working in Hollywood get their just recognition is not a call for mandatory inclusion in every category.

However, the superhero film "Wonder Woman", a box office hit, and its director Patty Jenkins were snubbed.

There's no ironclad way to predict the Oscars - a couple thousand tight-lipped Hollywood insiders do not make the most easily pollable sample on the planet.

Baring a late surge at the BAFTAs or the DGAs from "Lady Bird" or "Dunkirk", we're pretty much down to a two-picture race for best picture. And Star Wars: The Last Jedi proved too divisive to stand any real chance at anything beyond technical categories.

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