Posted Jan 23 2018

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 –

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Adapted Screenplay:
Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
Molly's Game (Aaron Sorkin)
Mudbound (Dee Rees & Virgil Williams)

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)

Animated Feature Film:
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Production Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

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

Costume Design:
Beauty and the Beast (Jacqueline Durran)
Darkest Hour (Jacqueline Durran)
Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)
The Shape of Water (Luis Sequeira)
Victoria & Abdul (Consolata Boyle)

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

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

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

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

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)

Original Song:
"Mighty River" (Mudbound)
"The Mystery of Love" (Call Me by Your Name)
"Remember Me" (Coco)
"Stand Up for Something" (Marshall)
"This Is Me" (The Greatest Showman)

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

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)

Makeup and Hairstyling:
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul

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

Documentary Short Subject
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Documentary Feature:
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island


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