2018 Oscar Nominations

Felipe Meraz (12th), Reporter

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The Oscar race has officially begun. The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were recently released on January 23. Although the majority of the nominations were expected, there were a few surprises, and even a few snubs.

Leading the nominations with an astounding 13, is The Shape of Water. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro, this fantasy tells the story of a mute woman who works as a cleaning lady in a high-security government laboratory in 1962. She discovers a mysterious scaled creature, who she soons forms a unique bond with. The Shape of Water is notable for being nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a leading role, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actress in a supporting role.

Following The Shape of Water is the Christopher Nolan film, Dunkirk. Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, Dunkirk tells the incredible true story of the Dunkirk Evacuation during World War II. Notable nominations include Best Picture and Best Director.

Heavily acclaimed drama film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, was able to garner 7 nominations. A mother (Frances McDormand) decides to rent 3 billboards in an attempt to call attention to her daughter’s unresolved murder. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Peter Dinklage. McDormand and Rockwell received nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and the film was able to snag Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominations.

The Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature consist of The Breadwinner, The Boss Baby, Coco, Ferdinand, and Loving Vincent. The overwhelming favorite to win the award seems to be Coco, the most recent outing of Pixar. Coco has been deemed as a return to form for Pixar, as recent installments of Pixar did not seem to match the quality of older Pixar films.

The announcement consisted of several surprises. The most controversial one seemed to be The Boss Baby’s nomination for Best Animated Feature, as the film was met with a “mixed” critical response. A pleasant surprise happened to be the nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, garnered by Logan. Logan is the most recent installment in the X-Men franchise, and is easily, the most dramatic, brutal, film to date. The film received critical acclaim for breaking away from the foundations of the superhero genre. Additionally, Hugh Jackman received praise, in what was his final role as Wolverine.

The biggest “snub” seems to be James Franco’s titular role in The Disaster Artist. Franco portrayed fellow actor Tommy Wiseau, in what was Wiseau’s unique quest to achieve Hollywood stardom. Despite garnering a nomination for Best Male Actor at the Screen Guild Awards, and even winning Best Actor at the Golden Globes, Franco was not nominated at the Academy Awards. Speculation suggests that Franco was denied a nomination due to the recent sexual assault claims made by several women that involve Franco.

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