Mr. Movie: Academy blows it again in 2017 nominations

Monday, 29 Jan, 2018

As usual, the Academy Award nominations on Tuesday morning made some people very happy - and dealt a crushing disappointment to others. Insights' review of The Last Jedi referred to the film as "a bold statement, a film that sets up the new status quo for Episode IX". If, for example, Academy members are divided by Three Billboards, that opens the way for a film that impressed them without stirring the kind of passions that divide audiences. Announced earlier this week, nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards include actors of color in major acting categories along with men of color and a woman nominated for directing. Sally Hawkins, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in 'The Shape of Water', said, "This nomination is for every single one of us who brought our hearts to this film". Before this, Kathryn Bigelow won the category in 2008 for Hurt Locker.

The $5 million horror movie from Universal Pictures became a box office success with more than $250 million globally and became a talking point around modern day race relations in America. Nolan has been previously nominated three times - best original screenplay for both "Memento" and "Inception", and best picture for the latter - but has never won.

Frances McDormand is tipped to be this year's victor for her role as a grieving mother in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. They are missing, though, on the Best Director list, which some may say depletes their chances for a big win.

Laurie Metcalf, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Lady Bird, said, 'As I was told, I got really emotional, you know, because everybody just poured their whole heart and soul into doing this film and I'm so happy for Greta and Saoirse and the whole movie'. Both starred in Call Me By Your Name, which many are calling 2017's best film.

Gary Oldman, who was nominated for Darkest Hour, said: 'I was in LA and I was asleep and my wife (Giselle) was watching the nominations with headphones as not to wake me.

The movie, about a campaign for justice waged by "the Dirty Harry of grieving mothers" - hat tip to Vanity Fair for a clever turn of phrase - is also favorite to win best actress (Frances McDormand) and supporting actor (Sam Rockwell).

Christopher Plummer was nominated for best supporting actor after he became a last-minute replacement for Spacey in "All the Money in the World", filming his part as oil baron J. Paul Getty in a matter of weeks after principal photography had been completed.

"Why is it just now that trans individuals are starting to run next to people who have always had those opportunities to play the main roles?", she asked.

Jordan Peele's best director nomination for Get Out is also significant, given he is only the fifth black film-maker to be considered for the award. Similarly, Peele is the fifth African-American nominee in directing and the fourth to be nominated within the past decade. Guillermo del Toro, the man behind The Shape of Water, is the favourite at 8/13. And Meryl Streep spread her record band of nominations, picking up the 21st nod for her performance in the form of a newspaper publisher in "The Post".

The 90th Academy Awards will take place March 4 at 7 p.m. CST on ABC hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.