The 2018 Academy Awards Part 1:

Nominees and What To Look Forward To

By Cheyenne Sykes

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:11 PM PDT

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It’s that time of year again. Academy Awards season is here and there’s a lot of buzz already. The nominees were announced on the January 23rd, and the ceremony itself will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 8pm eastern / 5pm pacific time at the Dolby Theatre. Or for me, held in the living room, on the couch, with popcorn and a soft drink. Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced last september that  Jimmy Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will return as host for a second time, making what he said last year, “The way you people go through hosts, it’s probably my last time here…” irrelevant.

There will be a little bit of Oscar history this year. From young to old actors, Marvel news and African American achievements, here are a few things to be excited for:

  1. Actor Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name,”) at 22, is the youngest man to ever be nominated for Actor In A Leading Role.

  2. Singer, songwriter and actress Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound,”) is the first woman to be nominated for Actress In A Supporting Role and Best Original Song (“Mighty River”) in the same year.

  3. Get Out” director Jordan Peele, who is best known for his comedy show alongside Keegan-Michael Key, is the first African-American male to earn nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

  4. Actor Christopher Plummer (“All The Money In The World,”) who is best known for his iconic role in “Sound Of Music,” and Academy Award winning role in “Beginners,” is the oldest actor to be nominated for Best Actor In A Leading Role, and also the oldest actor to win an Oscar.

  5. Marvel’s “Logan,” starring the incomparable Hugh Jackman, is the “first live-action comic movie to get a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay,” according to Kendall Fisher of E!News.

Here are the nominees this season. Best of luck to all of them and may the best man/woman win.

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

  1. Blade Runner 2049

  2. Darkest Hour

  3. Dunkirk

  4. Mudbound

  5. The Shape of Water

COSTUME DESIGN:

  1. Beauty and the Beast

  2. Darkest Hour

  3. Phantom Thread

  4. The Shape of Water

  5. Victoria & Abdul

ORIGINAL SONG:

  1. “Mighty River,” Mudbound

  2. “Mystery Of Love,” Call Me by Your Name

  3. “Remember Me,” Coco

  4. “Stand Up For Something,” Marshall

  5. “This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman                    

ORIGINAL SCORE:

  1. Dunkirk

  2. Phantom Thread

  3. The Shape of Water

  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:

  1. Darkest Hour

  2. Victoria & Abdul

  3. Wonder

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

  1. A Fantastic Woman

  2. The Insult

  3. Loveless

  4. On Body and Soul

  5. The Square

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

  1. Edith+Eddie

  2. Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405

  3. Heroin(e)

  4. Knife Skills

  5. Traffic Stop

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

  1. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

  2. Faces Places

  3. Icarus

  4. Last Men in Aleppo

  5. Strong Island

VISUAL EFFECTS:

  1. Blade Runner 2049

  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  3. Kong: Skull Island

  4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

  5. War for the Planet of the Apes

SOUND MIXING:

  1. Baby Driver

  2. Blade Runner 2049

  3. Dunkirk

  4. The Shape of Water

  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SOUND EDITING:

  1. Baby Driver

  2. Blade Runner 2049

  3. Dunkirk

  4. The Shape of Water

  5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:

  1. DeKalb Elementary

  2. The Eleven O'Clock

  3. My Nephew Emmett

  4. The Silent Child

  5. Watu Wote/All of Us

BEST PICTURE:

  1. Call Me by Your Name

  2. Darkest Hour

  3. Dunkirk

  4. Get Out

  5. Lady Bird

  6. Phantom Thread

  7. The Post

  8. The Shape of Water

  9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

DIRECTING:

  1. Dunkirk

  2. Get Out

  3. Lady Bird

  4. Phantom Thread

  5. The Shape of Water

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

  1. The Big Sick

  2. Get Out

  3. Lady Bird

  4. The Shape of Water

  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

  1. Call Me by Your Name

  2. The Disaster Artist

  3. Logan

  4. Molly's Game

  5. Mudbound

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

  1. Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

  2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

  3. Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

  4. Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

  5. Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

  1. Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

  2. Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  3. Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

  4. Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the

  5. World

  6. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

  1. Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

  2. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  3. Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

  4. Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

  5. Meryl Streep, The Post

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

  1. Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

  2. Allison Janney, I, Tonya

  3. Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

  4. Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

  5. Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

  1. The Boss Baby

  2. The Breadwinner

  3. Coco

  4. Ferdinand

  5. Loving Vincent

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:

  1. Dear Basketball

  2. Garden Party

  3. Lou

  4. Negative Space

  5. Revolting Rhymes

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

  1. Beauty and the Beast

  2. Blade Runner 2049

  3. Darkest Hour

  4. Dunkirk

  5. The Shape of Water