The list of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards was announced this morning, bringing with it many no-brainers, several surprises, and a few new records and firsts.
Meryl Streep continues her dominance with nomination #21, while Christopher Plummer becomes the oldest nominee ever at 88.
My man John Williams broke his own record by receiving his 51st Oscar Nomination for the score of The Last Jedi. Fifty-one. Let that sink in.
Even more noteworthy is Rachel Morrison’s Cinematography nomination for Mudbound. It makes her the first female to ever be recognized in that category.
Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele both earned well deserved Best Director nominations for Lady Bird and Get Out, making them stand out in a category that is usually overrun with white men. Interestingly, Martin McDonagh, who wrote and directed Three Billboards, was not nominated in the latter category despite earning 7 other nominations (including screenplay and picture).
The Academy also really seemed to love Phantom Thread, bestowing it with several nominations (including picture, director, and the mandatory actor for Daniel Day-Lewis). That and The Post are the only best picture titles I haven’t seen yet, so I need to track that one down.
I’m incredibly happy to see Loving Vincent earn an animated feature nomination, and to see lots of great technical recognition for Baby Driver and The Last Jedi. The screenplays for Logan and The Disaster Artist being recognized also fill my nerd heart with joy (nevermind all the incredible love for The Shape of Water!)
This is just a short reaction post- I’ll have more to say in the coming weeks as the additional guild and critic circle results come in. Plus, I have to get to work on my spreadsheet of viewership… which I’ll likely post here once it’s complete.