2018 Oscar nominations – snubs and surprises

Today marks the beginning of the end for 2018’s Awards Season; the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on March 4th, were announced this morning. Despite the inner turmoil Hollywood has experienced this past year, the prestige and honor of The Oscars continues to endure. Even receiving a nomination is considered a significant achievement; as such, much debate ensues over who is recognized and who is ignored.

“The Shape of Water,” a fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro, scored 13 nominations, the most of any film this year. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,”  Martin McDonagh’s crime drama, followed with nine nominations and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” with seven.

The following piece includes the notable snubs and the pleasant surprises, in addition to a full list of nominees.


Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg – Though Meryl Streep was recognized for her work as lead actress in Spielberg’s latest drama, “The Post,” both director and lead actor were shut out in their respective categories.

James Franco – After receiving rave reviews, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), Franco was believed to be a lock for a Best Actor nod and was surprisingly snubbed.

Armie Hammer – Despite consistently stellar reviews detailing his amazing chemistry with co-star Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me By Your Name,” Hammer was refused a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Martin McDonagh – The “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” director was not recognized for his efforts, even though his film garnered several nominations and wins at both the Golden Globes and the SAG awards.

I, Tonya – Though stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney received nominations for their acting in the film, “I, Tonya” was shut out in the Best Picture category. This snub is particularly surprising because the Academy can nominate 10 pictures in said category; however, it selected only 9 for this year.

Emma Stone and Steve Carell – Both stars were ignored in the “Best Actress” and “Best Actor” categories, despite positive critical reviews for their film “Battle of the Sexes.:


Greta Gerwig – The director of “Lady Bird” was acknowledged for her efforts despite the Golden Globes’ failure to do so earlier this Award Season. She is the only female nominee in the “Best Director” category.

The Big Sick – Kumail Nanjiani failed to win a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Golden Globes, a snub which shocked critics and audiences alike. The Academy rectified this wrong, however, by awarding him with a nod for his successful romantic comedy.

Denzel Washington – Though Washington is considered an Academy favorite, his role as the title character in Roman J. Israel, Esq. received no award buzz and the film garnered only mediocre reviews. The Academy’s decision to recognize his portrayal with a Best Actor nod is nothing short of shocking.

“The Phantom Thread” – Despite its wildly positive reviews and immense star power (Daniel Day-Lewis acts and Paul Thomas Anderson directs), this drama received little to no buzz throughout award season. The Academy did not fail to recognize the talent on display, however, and a stunning 6 nominations were granted to the film (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Original Music Score, and Costume Design).

Jordan Peele/Get Out – After the Golden Globes ignored Peele’s critical and box office success “Get Out,” there was little hope for any Academy Award nominations. Surprisingly, the film earned nominations in 4 categories (Best Director, Picture, Actor, and Original Screenplay).

Christopher Plummer –  Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s drama “All the Money in the World,” after allegations of Spacey’s sexual misconduct came to light. Though Plummer’s work was filmed in October/November, the movie still achieved it’s Christmas Day release date. Such a rapid change stunned moviegoers and directors alike, and the Academy awarded Plummer’s impressive efforts with a Best Supporting Actor nod.

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 Actor in a Leading Role:

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.”

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 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”

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 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

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 Cinematography:

“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best 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

Best Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Best 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

Best Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Best Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Best Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Best Documentary Feature

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

Faces Places


Last Men In Aleppo

Strong Island

Best Documentary Short Subject

Edith + Eddie

Heaven Is A Traffic Jam On The 405


Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Best Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlon

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

Best Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Best Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle


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