It’s the day that countless people in the film industry hotly await the arrival off: the announcement of the this year’s Oscar nominations.
Leading up until today, most felt that the nominations were mostly wrapped up. Award show after award show came and went the past couple of months, featuring the same films. The Academy though clearly had a few tricks up its sleeves.
Chief among the surprise nominees was the fact that Mudbound secured 4 spots. A film that ended up on countless end of the year “Top 10” lists was constantly shut out of competition from other shows. Mary J. Blige herself locked up 2 of the nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song.
Probably happiest inclusion though goes to Greta Gerwig’s in the Best Director category. A point of contention had been made in the past couple of months, regarding a lack of diversity of those gaining recognition. Most recently Natalie Portman brought attention to this fact at the Golden Globes, earlier this month. By giving Gerwig the attention she rightfully deserves it also side steps the old joke “How can a film be nominated for Best Picture and not Best Director?”
There weren’t many big snubs this year, something that often gets ballyhooed a lot. Though two categories are sure to raise an eyebrow. In The Fade is strangely absent from the Best Foreign Film list, after winning a Golden Globe. Maybe the toughest race this year has been for Best Supporting Actress and now Lesley Manville’s 11th hour dark horse has also entered into the race. If anything that just gives more reason to tune in and see who wins.
Again, it isn’t too surprising of a list. The few additions that pepper categories should feel like progress, albeit stunted and slow progress. All in all this looks to be one of the best line-ups for the Oscars in years. A steady mix of critical and box office darlings going head to head for the most coveted prize in all of Hollywood.
What about you, dear readers of the internet, which categories are you hoping to see an upset in? Are there snubs that rankle your bones, making you want to shout from the mountain tops? Be sure to sound off in the comments below.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on March 4th on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will handle hosting duties.