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2018 Oscar Nominations: Full List, Reaction, Surprises, And Snubs


Oscar nominations!!! After an unpredictable awards season, the 2018 Oscar Nominations are out and all I have to say is WOW. There are going to be a lot of happy people because most of the “I hope they get in” nominees did. The wealth was spread and rightfully so. One of the most diverse fields ever so I don’t expect one movie to dominate on the night of the ceremony. I’m looking over the nominations as I speak so here are my initial thoughts as I look at the nominations for the first time.

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

No problems here whatsoever… except one. The movies that were predicted to get a nomination got one. Three Billboards is still the favorite with Shape of Water on its heels. It looks like the biggest surprise, if you can even call it one, was the addition of Phantom Thread. I honestly still have to see it so it’s on my list! I also would’ve loved to see the Disaster Artist in this category. My exception to the no problems is I, Tonya. I really enjoyed that movie from start to finish.

P.S. The lack of love for Wind River is astonishing. It’s one of the best movies of the year and it’s a complete afterthought. Don’t believe me? Go watch it and when you come back to me saying it was amazing, I will be there to say I told you so.

UPDATE: The Florida Project. Such a sad look at the outside of the most happiest place on Earth. This could’ve been the 10th nomination as well. I want to add a “Rising Star Award” or “Breakout Performance” role because that would easily go to Brooklynn Prince. She was 6 years old and gave one of the most emotionally riveting performances of the year. Bright, bright future.

Lead Actor:

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.”

Chalamet, Day-Lewis, and Oldman are no surprises. Denzel is Denzel so I’m not totally shocked he’s here either. However, Daniel Kaluuya is the name that people are going to remember. To think that a low budget horror film that came out in February 2017 racked up multiple Oscar nominations is so impressive. Get Out deserves all of its nominations because it was one of the most original movies I have seen in the past 10 years. The big snub is going to be James Franco. I don’t think the sexual assault allegations had a lot to do with the snub personally because the allegations came out 2 days before ballots were due. That being said, if we’re talking about the performance alone, Franco gave one of the best all year. He was Tommy Wiseau to a T. This reminds me of when Jim Carrey was snubbed for Truman Show and Man on the Moon. I would’ve swapped out Franco for Denzel.

Lead Actress:

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”

Yup, this was predicted and it happened. All great, deserving performances.

Supporting Actor:

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”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

This is where people are going to be upset and I’m looking at Christopher Plummer. Woody Harrelson was going to get in. The momentum for Three Billboards was high so once he got the SAG nominee, you knew this was coming. However, it’s hard for me to put in Plummer over both Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me By Your Name. I do think the backstory behind how Plummer took on the role helped his chances tremendously, not to take away from his performance. Hammer would’ve had my vote.

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Still Janney’s race to lose with  Metcalf right behind her, but Phantom Thread love again! What a late surge by this movie and it will only begin to surge at the box office now as more people including myself rush to see it. Netflix got its acting nomination with the legendary Mary J. Blige. If I had to pick a snub, look right at the woman who announced the nominations, Tiffany Haddish. I don’t think she was going to get nominated, but Haddish is hilarious and has a strong following so I expect some backlash.


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan
“Get Out,” Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

The best directing category will receive the biggest ovation by far. Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig received their nominations so we don’t have to take to Twitter to show our displeasure. I was pulling for both of them, especially Peele, to get in this category so the fact it happened to both is a HUGE win for the future of this category. Shoutout to my GOAT, CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!!!!! Finally, finally, finally, Nolan gets a directing nomination and I am at peace with the world.

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Loving Vincent”

Pixar. Pixar. Pixar.

Animated Short:

“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Another big win for Netflix. The Disaster Artist finally receiving some love. With Wonder Woman’s popularity, I think Logan started to take a backseat in the superhero genre even though I would argue it’s better than WW. Congrats to the Logan team. Sorkin is a writing god. HOWEVA *stephen a smith voice* this is Call Me By Your Name’s award to lose.

Original Screenplay:

“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

It seemed like The Big Sick was going to get shut out throughout all of awards season, but I’m glad voters came to their senses and showed Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani some love. One of the funniest movies I saw this year. This is a STACKED lineup. Peele, Gerwig, del Toro, and McDonagh are all heavyweights this year. This might be the toughest category to predict.


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins
“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema
“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison
“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”

Best Live Action Short Film:

“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith
“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel
“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green
“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King
“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049″
“Darkest Hour”
“The Shape of Water”

Original Score:

“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

Come on Zimmer!!!!

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Remember Me will probably win, but This Is Me is a BANGER.

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria and Abdul”

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

Visual Effects:

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