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Oscar Nominations Break Tradition

Oscar Nominations Break Tradition

The 2018 Academy Award nominees came with some surprises.

Oscar Nominations Break Tradition

The Academy Awards is the biggest night of the year for film, and the 2018 nominations symbolise a change. While many of the nominees were expected and fall in line with past events, there were some new additions that broke with tradition.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, a fantasy romance between a mute woman and an amphibious creature, received 13 nominations, including Best Picture. A low-budget coming-of-age indie film landed three of the biggest nominations – Lady Bird was nominated for five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Greta Gerwig) and Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) – and Call Me By Your Name, a film about a romantic relationship between two teenage boys was nominated for four awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Timothee Chalamet).

And, perhaps most notably, a horror movie made the list. Jordan Peele’s hauntingly relevant film Get Out received nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Original Screenplay. The nomination success of Get Out is important not just because it is the first of its genre to be acknowledged in the three biggest award categories at the world’s most prominent film awards ceremony, but because of it’s content.

The film, which follows a young black man’s unsettling experience while visiting his white girlfriend’s parents in upstate New York, presents an important commentary on race in America today. Additionally, Jordan Peele is the fifth black director to ever be nominated and the first to land three nominations. Peele tweeted his gratitude, writing: “Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you.”

Read the list of 2018 Oscar nominations below:


Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

Jordan Peele – Get Out

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird 

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water


Timothy 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.


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


The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Call Me By Your Name

The Disaster Artist


Molly’s Game



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


Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Leslie Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Things


The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent


Abacus: Small Enough To Jail

Faces Places


Last Men In Aleppo

Strong Island


Might River – Mudbound

Mystery of Love – Call Me By Your Name

Remember Me – Coco

Stand Up For Something – Marshall

This Is Me – Greatest Showman

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 4th at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles.

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