2018 Oscar Nominations – Full List

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

Best Director
Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk)
Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape Of Water)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
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)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee 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.)

Best Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game

Best Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Original Song
“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
“Mystery of Love” (Call Me By Your Name)
“Remember Me” (Coco)
“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)
“This is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

Best Documentary Feature
Abacus: Small Enough To Jail
Faces Places
Last Men In Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Documentary Short
Edith + Eddie
Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
On Body And Soul
The Square

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)
Allison Janney (I, Tonya)
Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread)
Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird)
Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water)

Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Victoria And Abdul

Best Film Editing
Baby Driver
I, Tonya
The Shape Of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War For The Planet Of The Apes

Best Original Score
Phantom Thread
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Live Action Short Film
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All Of Us

Best Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Best Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape Of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Costume Design
Beauty And The Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape Of Water
Victoria And Abdul

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape Of Water

Best Production Design
Beauty And The Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape Of Water


Art Directors Guild Nominations

Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water are among the nominees for the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. All great choices with The Shape of Water being the frontrunner, in my opinion.

The ADG divides the nominations into three categories – period, fantasy and contemporary.

Over the past five years, the winner of the ADG’s period film went on to win the Oscar in production design 4 times. The Great Gatsby in 2013 , The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014, Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015 and La La Land last year.

This is the first year that the ADG will present an award for animation.

The winners will be announced January 27th.

Full list of movie nominees:

Darkest Hour
Murder on the Orient Express
The Post
The Shape of Water

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Cars 3
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Los Angeles Online Film Critics Awards Winners

The Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society announced their first ever award winners on Tuesday.

LAOFCS was started last year to support Los Angeles online film critics. Their main goal is to support diversity in the world of film journalism. They will hold an awards ceremony on January 10th.

They loved The Shape of Water awarding in Best Picture and Best Male Director for Guillermo del Toro. The film won four awards including Sally Hawkins for Best Actress and Alexandre Desplat for Original Score.

Full list of winners:

Best Picture
“The Shape of Water”

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins – “The Shape of Water”

Best Actor
Gary Oldman – “Darkest Hour”

Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Best Supporting Actor – TIE
Patrick Stewart – “Logan ”
Michael Stuhlbarg – “Call Me by Your Name”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin – “Molly’s Game”

Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele – “Get Out”

Best Male Director
Guillermo del Toro – “The Shape of Water”

Best Female Director
Greta Gerwig – “Lady Bird”

Best Animated Film

Best Foreign Film
“The Square”

Best Documentary – TIE
“Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond”

Best Visual Effects
“War for The Planet of the Apes”

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”

Best Blockbuster
“Wonder Woman”

Best Independent Film
“Lady Bird”

Best First Feature
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

Best Comedy or Musical
“The Big Sick ”

Best Action/War
“Baby Driver”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror
“Get Out ”

Best Actor or Actress 23 and Under
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best Stunt Work
“Baby Driver”

Best Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

Best Editing
Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”

Best Visual Effect Performance
Andy Serkis, “War for the Planet of the Apes”

Trailblazer Award:
Jessica Chastain

LAOFCS Achievement Award:
Hugh Jackman

Academy Announces Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

The Academy on Thursday announced the 9 films that will compete for a nomination for the best foreign-language Oscar.

No surprise that The Square made the list. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year. Also making the cut is Loveless, which won the Cannes Jury Prize.

Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, failed to make the list after getting a Golden Globe nomination earlier this week. Another surprise shut out is BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes.

The shortlist was chosen from 92 films that were submitted by their countries. The selected films will screen for committees in New York, Los Angeles and London. They will then vote for their picks for the final five nominees.

Oscat nominations will be announced on January 23rd.

List of films that made the shortlist:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman
Germany, In the Fade
Hungary, On Body and Soul
Israel, Foxtrot
Lebanon, The Insult
Russia, Loveless
Senegal, Félicité
South Africa, The Wound
Sweden, The Square

What the SAG Nominations Tell Us

The Screen Actors Guild nominations traditionally clear things up. They normally show us how the Oscar race is shaping up. Not so much this year. If anything, it made everything less clear.

The critics have announced their favorites of the year and they were all over the place. The critics groups liked Get Out, The Shape of Water, Lady Bird and The Post. The difference is that the Oscar voters are people working in the industry and they make their favorites known by their guild awards. The largest voting branch in the Oscars are actors, making the SAG awards a strong Oscar predictor.

After the Golden Globe nominations, it looked like The Shape of Water was an Oscar front runner after receiving the most nominations. And then today it was shut out of the Best Ensemble nomination at SAG. Why is the SAG Ensemble so important? The Best Picture winner hasn’t won without a SAG Ensemble nomination since Braveheart in 1995.

A critics favorite, The Post was also shut out of the ensemble nominations. Apparently, the SAG voters did not receive a screener for The Post in time for voting. With an ensemble consisting of Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, this is a huge miss. If you aren’t competing in the SAG race, it makes it much harder to compete in the Oscar race.

This is why when a studio really wants to push their film for an Oscar campaign, they need to get them shown at the Fall Film festivals, start good word of mouth, gain steam and be seen by as many guild members as possible.

Late comers like The Post, Phantom Thread and All the Money in World should not be written off for the Oscars, but they need to be seen by as many people as possible.

First Oscars Promo of The Year

A new promo for the 2018 Academy Awards shows the awkward moment from last year’s show when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the best picture winner.

The trailer also features a montage of 2017’s biggest films, including Wonder Woman, Beauty and the Beast, Girls Trip, It, Baby Driver, Get Out, Lady Bird, and The Post.

The 90th Academy Awards will begin 30 minutes earlier than previous years. It will now begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. This should prevent the show from going past Midnight on the east coast. The 90-minute Oscars pre-show, will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

A Look at Best Actor

The Best Actor category is now starting to take shape. It’s not quite as competitive as Best Actress this year.

Right now Gary Oldman is the frontrunner for not only a nomination, but the win. In Darkest Hour Oldman plays Winston Churchill in this WW II drama. The physical transformation is amazing and the script gives Oldman multiple “Oscar type” speeches. The Academy loves an actor that transforms himself into a real life historical figure. Right now it’s Oldman’s to lose.

Timothée Chalamet should absolutely get a nomination this year for Call Me by Your Name. It would be a travesty if it doesn’t happen. The film has had incredible critical support since its debut at Sundance. Young actors rarely get Best Actor nominations, but if the Academy has any sense, they will nominate him.

Now that Phantom Thread has been seen, it’s probably a good bet that Daniel Day-Lewis will get a nomination. He has announced that this will be his final performance. (We’ll see how long that lasts).

We also have James Franco for The Disaster Artist. The film is beginning to gain some traction and Franco’s name is being bandied about as a possibility. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau in the true behind the scenes making of The Room. The Spirit Award nomination should not be ignored, making a Franco Oscar nomination not so crazy.

Much like Meryl Streep, if Tom Hanks is in a movie, he is automatically considered a contender. This year he is in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. The true-story drama takes in the Freedom of the Press and Presidential corruption. Hanks plays Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. Hanks was snubbed for Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies. He hasn’t been nominated since 2001 for Cast Away.

Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of the best performances of his career in Stronger. The film hast been a huge box office success and may get lost in the shuffle. There no denying that Gyllenhaal is overdo.

Andrew Garfield could again the mix for his turn as a paraplegic in true-story drama Breathe. This film also has mixed reviews, which may prevent Garfield from being noticed. The Academy loves him based on his nomination last year for Hacksaw Ridge.

Denzel Washington lost out last year for Fences, but he may have another chance in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Another movie with not so great reviews. He is not nearly as good here as he was in Fences, but if they need someone to fill the fifth spot it could be Washington.

Hugh Jackman is the lead in the P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman on Earth. No one had seen the film yet we don’t know if he is a contender, but 20th Century Fox is not pushing the film for Oscar consideration. Jackman’s chances remain slim.

Depending on how the Academy reacts to Blade Runner 2049, we also have Ryan Gosling. Harrison Ford could sneak in, but that’s unlikely.

Right now it’s Oldman’s to lose. A lot can change between now and January.

Best Actor possibilities:
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Tom Hanks – The Post

Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
Andrew Garfield – Breathe
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman