BAFTA Watch - Oscars Announce - Time For The Big Dog...UPDATED Now With New Kimmel Ad
It’s that time again. The countdown to the Oscar nominations has begun and the noms themselves are mere moments away. Wisely, the Academy have re-established the crack of dawn press conference approach, with its attendant hollers of “yea” and “nay," as opposed to last year's soulless online print out. As before, the nominations will be split into two, with the tech types of Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects and the like going first.
After a short break, we resume with the ones technically known as the “biggies.”
So what can we expect? The Shape of Water and Three Billboards will likely lead the pack in terms of numbers, with Guillermo’s fishy tale probably in front due to its dominance on the tech side. The big questions are - is Lady Bird still a major player? (A directing nom for Gerwig will be the clincher here.) How much love will they have for Get Out? Is Dunkirk a spent force? Will the Academy get behind Spielberg’s The Post when the Guilds failed to do so? How much of a player will Call Me By Your Name be? Have recent accusations and tabloid coverage cost James Franco his well-deserved nomination?
All of these questions and more will be answered shortly…
UPDATE 1: Andy Serkis and Tiffany Haddish were on hand for the tech side with Shape Of Water landing a walloping 7 noms right off the bat. Darkest Hour and Blade Runner 2049 were also doing well on this side, with Three Billboards making its presence felt. Darkest Hour also placed satrongly - a sign of things to come?
UPDATE 2: Well Tiffany Haddish was a disaster! Could they not have let the woman have a read through of the names before hand? That said, even some of the simple ones foxed her – thank God they gave Saoirse Ronan to Serkis.
As expected, The Shape Of Water was the leader with 13 noms. Streep and Washington both were there to make up the heritage numbers – although Streep did break her own record by landing her 21st nominations. Darkest Hour continued its success on the tech side by landing nods in Best Picture as well as for the unstoppable Gary Oldman. Gerwig did land a Best Directing nod so Lady Bird is back in with a shot. Three Billboards still looks strong but the omission of Martin McDonagh from the directing list is definitely a blow. Paul Thomas Anderson took his spot, with Phantom Thread also making its way into Best Picture alongside acting nods for Daniel Day Lewis and – less expected – Lesley Manville. Netflix must be happy with several nods for Mudbound, and once for Icarus. And The Post was acknowledged, not just for Streep but for Best Picture (hasn’t got a hope.)
Looks like those accusations did cost Franco; but we're more than happy to see Sufjan Stevens in there with his first nod for The Mystery Of Love.
Christopher Plummer, meanwhile, proved that if you’re a trooper and show up to reshoot a movie in just 9 days – and deliver a great performance of course – rewards (or at east nominations) will follow.
Here’s the full list of nominations –
Actor in a Leading Role:
Actress in a Leading Role:
Actress in a Supporting Role:
Actor in a Supporting Role:
Animated Feature Film:
Animated Short Film:
Live Action Short Film:
Makeup and Hairstyling:
Foreign Language Film
Documentary Short Subject
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