The Oscar Nominees Are…


This year’s Oscar Award show will be the 90th in television history.

Cassiana Pozzi, editor-in-chief

First we had the Golden Globes, then the Grammy’s, and coming up on March 4 is the Oscars. Being similar to the Golden Globes, the Oscars award best picture, their director, best score, their visual FX, and 20 other categories. Most of the nominated films weren’t exactly huge breakouts in the box office but have been trending topics online since the nominations were revealed. So what or who may be awarded on the Oscars’ 90th show?

For best picture, one of the most important awards of the night, the nominations are: Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Next is the award for best leading actor. There were quite a few break out stars in this category going up against others for their first Oscar. The nominations include: Timothée Chalamet, from Call Me by Your Name, Daniel Day-Lewis, from Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya, from Get Out, Gary Oldman, from Darkest Hour, and Denzel Washington, from Roman J. Israel, Esq.

For best leading actress, we see a lot of familiar faces. The ladies who have been nominated include: Sally Hawkins, from The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand, from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie, from I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan, from Lady Bird, and Meryl Streep, from The Post.

After Guillermo Del Toro won best director at the Golden Globes, it will be interesting to see who takes home the award during this show. The nominations for best director are: Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread, and Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water.

Over the past few years, the category for cinematography has housed some stunning works. This year the category missed a few films such as Call Me By Your Name and The Florida Project but the nominations are hard enough to choose from. They include: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049, Bruno Delbonnel for Darkest Hour, Hoyte van Hoytema for Dunkirk, Rachel Morrison for Mudbound, and Dan Laustsen for The Shape of Water.

There is a lot of hard work that goes into creating the emotions of films through music. For sound editing the nominations are: Julian Slater for Baby Driver, Mark Mangini and Theo Green for Blade Runner 2049, Alex Gibson and Richard King for Dunkirk, Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape of Water, and Ren Klyce and Matthew Wood for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Away from the music that plays throughout the film, there’s always one song that stands out. Whether is be played during the credits or sang by the cast, one original song will bring home an Oscar. The nominations are: “Mighty River” from Mudbound by Mary J. Blige,

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

And lastly, the award for best visual effects. The nominees are all great contenders, with some of the most advanced effects seen in many years, and they include: John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, and Gerd Nefzer Blade Runner 2049,

Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, and Mike Meinardus for Kong: Skull Island, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, and Neal Scanlan for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, and Joel Whist for War for the Planet of the Apes.

There was quite a bit of competition this year for some categories, the media rolling out some “snubs” this year. For films this included The Greatest Showman only getting nominated in one category, I, Tonya not getting a nomination for best picture, The Florida Project only getting one nomination, Wonder Woman getting zero nominations, and The Disaster Artist being ignored in all but one category in light of allegations against star, James Franco. On top of that, I, Tonya’s Sebastian Stan was also ignored for his incredibly delivered role as Tonya’s ex husband. Call Me By Your Name’s Armie Hammer was also shy of a nomination, even after portraying one of the hardest roles to exist this year in film. The Post’s Tom Hanks did not receive a nomination again this year, and has been snubbed by the academy since 2001, even after films like Captain Phillips and Bridge of Spies. Jessica Chastain performance in Molly’s Game was also not enough for the academy to put her in one of the five slots for best actress.  The Post’s Steven Spielberg, Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins and and Call Me By Your Name’s Luca Guadagnino also did not receive nominations in the best director category, sparking some outrage among critics who disagreed with the academy’s choosings.

Despite who/what didn’t get nominations this year, it will be a noteworthy night. We can all expect to see some newcomers receive awards on the special night but there will be no surprise if a few fan favorites take home gold. There was a lot of talent being displayed upon the big screens, it’s definitely hard to pick a favorite out of any of the categories, but we will see who the academy truly loved this year,