2018 Oscar Nominations Announced

January 23, 2018

The Academy Award nominations were announced and The Shape of Water received 13 including for best picture. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”and Dunkirk also emerged as strong Oscar contenders in this year’s race.

There were a few snubs and surprises this morning. James Franco’s work in The Disaster Artist was completely ignored by the Academy, both as actor and director, despite the fact that he won a Golden Globe and a Critic’s Choice Award for his brilliant performance. It seems that any accusation of sexual impropriety, proved or unproven is enough to damage a career in this current climate, unless you are Kobe Bryant, who was charged with rape in 2003 and still managed to land a Best Animated Short nomination for his film, Dear Basketball.

Other glaring omissions included Steven Spielberg in the best director category for The Post and that film’s star, Tom Hanks; Also overlooked were Call Me by Your Name‘s Armie Hammer and the excellent Michael Stuhlbarg in the supporting actor category, as well as the film, I, Tonya in the best picture category.

The edge of your seat German film, In The Fade which was sadly ignored by the Academy. It is a strong thriller well worth checking out.

A lot the nominations followed trends set by the Golden Globes and the other award shows, and by the time of the Oscar telecast in March I predict a genereal boredom with the whole process. The Academy Awards really needs to consider being the first and not the last of the award shows.

It was gratifying to see Timothée Chalamet receive a nomination for his powerful turn in Call Me By Your Name. He exploded onto the scene in 2017 and is an actor we will be seeing a lot more of.

The Academy Awards — hosted by Jimmy Kimmel for the second time — will air live March the 4th, 2018 on ABC.





Here is the full list of 2018 Oscar 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”

Lead Actor:

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.”

Lead Actress:

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”

Supporting Actor:

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”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


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

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

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

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory
“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin
“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

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


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

Best Documentary Feature:

Best Documentary Short Subject:

 “Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)
“The Insult” (Lebanon)
“Loveless” (Russia)
“On Body and Soul (Hungary)
“The Square” (Sweden)

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

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

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

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

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” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

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

Visual Effects:

Oscars: Academy Invites Under Qualified Applicants

June 28, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter’s “awards columnist,” Scott Feinberg, slammed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today for trying to fix the Academy’s implied diversity problems by inviting candidates who don’t have the credentials to belong.

Feinberg claims that the Academy’s current course is akin to putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound.

Read his article HERE


Seth MacFarlene to Host Oscars

Los Angeles: October 1, 2012

Academy Awards telecast producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today that “Ted” director and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, better known for his work behind the camera than in front of it, will host the Oscars.

McFarlene recently hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time with this season’s premiere. He also hosted last year’s Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen.

MacFarlane, 38, injects youthful energy into a ceremony that has struggled to appeal to a younger audience. MacFarlane’s show, “Family Guy,” has a young following, as did his summer hit, “Ted,” which paired Mark Wahlberg with a grown-up teddy bear voiced by MacFarlane. The film has earned $420 million worldwide.

“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said Zadan and Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”

The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 24, on the ABC Television Network.


Los Angeles: February 23, 2012

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has banned actor Sacha Baron Cohen from attending Sunday’s Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars of Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. The reason given is that word reached the Academy suggesting that Baron Cohen planned to walk the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The Dictator.

According to Nikki Fink of the website, “Deadline Hollywood,” The Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets.

Does this make sense? Isn’t everyone on the carpet promoting something? Our heads spin from hearing the words “who are you wearing” being asked over and over and over again. The red carpet has become a platform to flog fashion designers and their wares. “Who are you wearing”? It’s not even proper grammar.

Sasha Baron Cohen is one of the funniest actors around. If he dons a beard or a costume to walk the red carpet at an event the is clearly designed to promote product we would find it a welcome treat. So very tired of the boring, gushing, salivating that goes on prior to award shows on red carpets. Mr. Cohen’s answer to “who are you wearing” would be the only one we would want to hear. Let him go the awards and do what the Oscars were designed to do. Promote movies.

Martin and Baldwin to Host Oscars

Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin steve-martin-40971have beenalec_2d00_baldwin_5f00_l2 tapped to co-host the 82nd annual Academy Awards March 7.

Telecast producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman said Martin and Baldwin are “the perfect pair of hosts for the Oscars.”

The producers say they hope to resurrect Oscar’s ratings and make the show more fun by building on the changes introduced at February’s ceremony, which tinkered with the way awards were presented and featured Broadway-style musical interludes.

The Numbers Behind the Oscar Nominations

With the Academy Awards fast approaching, Mike Goodridge of Screen Daily Dot Com has compiled key facts and figures behind the Oscar nominations.


1978 The Deer Hunter (supporting)

1979 Kramer Vs Kramer* (supporting)

1981 The French Lieutenant’s Woman

1982 Sophie’s Choice*

1983 Silkwood

1985 Out Of Africa

1987 Ironweed

1988 A Cry In The Dark

1990 Postcards From The Edge

1995 The Bridges Of Madison County

1998 One True Thing

1999 Music Of The Heart

2002 Adaptation (supporting)

2006 The Devil Wears Prada

2008 Doubt


1995 Sense And Sensibility (supporting)

1997 Titanic

2001 Iris (supporting)

2004 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

2006 Little Children

2008 The Reader


1995 Dead Man Walking

1999 Sweet And Lowdown

2001 I Am Sam

2003 Mystic River*

2008 Milk

* signifies win


13The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

10 Slumdog Millionaire

8The Dark Knight Milk

6 Wall-E

5 Doubt Frost/Nixon The Reader

3 Changeling Revolutionary Road

2 The Duchess, Frozen River, Iron Man, Wanted, The Wrestler


Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage 23

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (13), Revolutionary Road (3), The Duchess (2), Iron Man (2), Defiance (1), Kung Fu Panda (1), Tropic Thunder (1)

Warner Bros 21

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (13), The Dark Knight (8)

Universal Pictures/Focus Features 20

Milk (8), Frost/Nixon (5). Changeling (3), Wanted (2), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (1), In Bruges (1)

Disney/Miramax Films 13

Wall-E (6), Doubt (5), Bolt (1), Happy-Go-Lucky (1)

Twentieth Century Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures 13

Slumdog Millionaire (10), The Wrestler (2), Australia (1)

The Weinstein Company 6

The Reader (5), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (1)

Sony Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics 5

Frozen River (2), Rachel Getting Married (1), The Class (1), Waltz With Bashir (1)

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM – past nominations by country

The Baader Meinhof Complex is the eighth nomination for Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall, after The Nasty Girl (1990), Schtonk! (1992), Beyond Silence (1997), Nowhere In Africa (2002)*, Downfall (2004), Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005) and The Lives Of Others (2006)*.

Prior to reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany received eight nominations: The Captain Of Kopenick (1956), The Devil Came At Night (1957), Arms And The Man (1958), The Bridge (1959), The Pedestrian (1973), The Glass Cell (1978), The Tin Drum (1979)* and Angry Harvest (1985). Prior to reunification, the German Democratic Republic received one nomination in 1976 for Jacob The Liar.

The Class is the 35th nomination for France – a record in this category. The country has won nine Oscars – for My Uncle (1958), Black Orpheus (1959), Sundays And Cybele (1962), A Man And A Woman (1966), The Discreet Charm Of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Day For Night (1973), Madame Rosa (1977), Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978) and Indochine (1992). France also received three special awards prior to the establishment of the foreign-language Oscar for Monsieur Vincent (1948), The Walls Of Malapaga (1950) and Forbidden Games (1952). Other nominations were for Gervaise (1956), Gates Of Paris (1957), La Verite (1960), The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (1964), Live For Life (1967), Stolen Kisses (1968), My Night At Maud’s (1969), Hoa-Binh (1970), Lacombe Lucien (1974), Cousin Cousine (1976), A Simple Story (1979), The Last Metro (1980), Coup De Torchon (1982), Entre Nous (1983), Three Men And A Cradle (1985), Betty Blue (1986), Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987), Camille Claudel (1989), Cyrano De Bergerac (1990), Ridicule (1996), East/West (1999), The Taste Of Others (2000), Amelie (2001), The Chorus (2004) and Joyeux Noel (2005).

Departures is the twelfth nomination for Japan, following Harp Of Burma (1956), Immortal Love (1961), Twin Sisters Of Kyoto (1963), Woman In The Dunes (1964), Kwaidan (1965), Portrait Of Chieko (1967), Dodeska-Den (1971), Sandakan No 8 (1975), Kagemusha (1980), Muddy River (1981) and The Twilight Samurai (2003). Japan won three special awards prior to the foreign-language Oscar – for Rashomon (1951), Gate Of Hell (1954) and Miyamoto Musashi (1955).

Revanche is the third nomination for Austria after 38 (1986) and The Counterfeiters (2007)*.

Waltz With Bashir is Israel’s eighth nomination after Sallah (1964), The Policeman (1971), I Love You Rosa (1972), The House On Chelouche Street (1973), Operation Thunderbolt (1977), Beyond The Walls (1984) and Beaufort (2007).

* signifies win

Key Nominees by North American Box-Office Gross at Jan 25, 2009
Film (US release date) Gross to date
1 *The Dark Knight (July 18) $531m
2 Iron Man (May 2) $318.4m
3 Wall-E (June 27) $223.8m
4 Wanted (June 27) $134.5m
5 *The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (Dec 25) $111m
6 Tropic Thunder (Aug 13) $110.5m
7 *Slumdog Millionaire (Nov 12) $55.9m
8 Changeling (Oct 24) $35.7m
9 *Doubt (Dec 12) $26.8m
10 *Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Aug 15) $23.1m
11 *Milk (Nov 26) $21.6m
12 The Duchess (Sept 19) $13.8m
13 *Frost/Nixon (Dec 5) $12m
14 *Revolutionary Road (Dec 26) $11.9m
15 *Rachel Getting Married (Oct 3) $11.3m
16 *The Reader (Dec 10) $9.7m
17 *The Wrestler (Dec 17) $9.5m
18 The Visitor (April 11) $9.4m
19 Frozen River (Aug 1) $2.3m
* still on release


Number of nominations includes this year’s nod; number of past wins is in parentheses

Meryl Streep, actor, 15 (2)

Christopher Boyes, sound editing and mixing, 11 (4)

Ben Burtt*, sound editing and mixing, 10 (4)

Thomas Newman, composer, 10 (0)

Greg Cannom, make-up designer, 9 (2)

Roger Deakins, cinematographer, 8 (0)

James Newton Howard, composer, 8 (0)

Michael Semanick, sound mixing, 7 (2)

Albert Wolsky, costume designer, 7 (2)

Kathleen Kennedy, producer, 6 (0)

Mike Leigh, writer and director, 6 (0)

Kate Winslet, actor, 6 (0)

Frank Marshall, producer, 5 (0)

Frank A Montano, sound mixing, 5 (0)

David Parker, sound mixing, 5 (2)

Andrew Stanton, writer and director, 5 (1)

Pete Docter, writer and director, 4 (0)

Danny Elfman, composer, 4 (0)

Brian Grazer, producer and writer, 4 (1)

Daniel P Hanley, editor, 4 (1)

Mike Hill, editor, 4 (1)

Ron Howard, producer and director, 4 (1)

Chris Jenkins, sound mixing, 4 (2)

Catherine Martin, art director and costume designer, 4 (2)

Chris Menges, cinematographer, 4 (2)

Steven Okazaki, documentary director, 4 (1)

Eric Roth, writer, 4 (1)

Wylie Stateman, sound editing, 4 (0)

Stephen Daldry, director, 3 (0)

Eric Fellner, producer, 3 (0)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor, 3 (1)

Richard King, sound editing, 3 (1)

John Nelson, visual effects, 3 (1)

Wally Pfister, cinematographer, 3 (0)

AR Rahman, composer, 3 (0)

Ben Snow, visual effects, 3 (0)

Daniel Sudick, visual effects, 3 (0)

Marisa Tomei, actor, 3 (1)

Amy Adams, actor, 2 (0)

Craig Barron, visual effects, 2 (0)

Simon Beaufoy, writer, 2 (0)

John Caglione Jr, make-up designer, 2 (1)

Penelope Cruz, actor, 2 (0)

Bruce Cohen, producer, 2 (1)

Nathan Crowley, art director, 2 (0)

Alexandre Desplat, composer, 2 (0)

Robert Downey Jr, actor, 2 (0)

Gary Fettis, set decorator, 2 (0)

David Hare, writer, 2 (0)

Dan Jinks, producer, 2 (1)

Angelina Jolie, actor, 2 (1)

Ren Klyce, sound editing, 2 (0)

Heath Ledger, actor, 2 (0)

Martin McDonagh, writer/director, 2 (1)

Peter Morgan, writer, 2 (0)

Ed Novick, sound mixing, 2 (0)

Conor O’Sullivan, make-up designer, 2 (0)

Mark Osborne, director, 2 (0)

Brad Pitt, actor, 2 (0)

Gary Rizzo, sound mixing, 2 (0)

John Patrick Shanley, writer, 2 (1)

Lee Smith, editor, 2 (0)

Gus Van Sant, director, 2 (0)

Jacqueline West, costume designer, 2 (0)

Matthew Wood, sound editing, 2 (0)

Kristi Zea, art director, 2 (0)

* Ben Burtt won two special achievement Oscars in 1977 and 1981 before the sound editing category was introduced.