As the Academy Awards prepare for their 90th year of presentations, they have announced the nominations for all of the 2018 Oscars. Leading the nominations is “The Shape of Water,” with 13 nods, according to ABC.
The nine films nominated for Best Picture consist of “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and, of course, “The Shape of Water.” A similar list fell under the same category for the Golden Globes, which were presented earlier this January.
Meryl Streep’s nomination for Best Actress in a Lead Role for “The Post” should come as no surprise, and also included in that category are Margot Robbie for “I, Tanya,” and Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water.” As for the leading men, Daniel Day-Lewis of “Phantom Thread” and Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” have graced the list of Best Actor. “Beauty and the Beast” has also been nominated for two awards, including Best Costuming.
Familiar faces from around Hollywood such as Octavia Spencer and Same Rockwell fall into other categories, and directors such as Christopher Nolan Greta Gerwig also made list of nominees.
CNN has noted that the Oscars seem to be moving away from an area that they have been criticized for in the past, which is that of failing to recognize actors, actresses, and directors of color. This year, 20% of the nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress are African-American, including Daniel Kaluuya, Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, and Octavia Spencer. Director of “Get Out,” Jodan Peele, is also nominated for an award. Mexican and Indian writers also numbered among the nominated individuals of color.
The Academy Awards have also recognized their fifth female director, Greta Gerwig, and their first female nominee for the category of Best Cinematography, Rachel Morrison for “Mudbound.”
As we continue in our struggle regarding equality for women and people of color in Hollywood, let us hope that the 2018 Oscar nominations help to pave the way for these changes.