90th Academy Awards: 'Shape of Water' surges with 13 nods


Therein often lies the difficulty. Important steps were taken with the #OscarsSoWhite campaign in 2015. This view has become all the more problematic, in light of the increasing number of individuals who have come forth to accuse men like Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Just past year a whopping 774 new members were inducted, 39 percent female and 30 percent people of color.

How else to explain "Boss Baby" in the best animated ranks? Maybe. That's for another day (there is a school of thought that Get Out might have a shot at best picture).

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On the directing front, Martin McDonagh, the man behind Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was seen as a shoo-in for the Academy Awards.

The film has been nominated for best picture, star Daniel Kaluuya picked up a nod for best actor, and Peele received nods for both best director and best screenplay. I say this because Jordan Peele and myself, through different alchemies, have taken the genre and each brought a very different, very personal take. She managed to break free of that role, though, and I'm happy for her.

No black woman has ever been nominated for the category of Best Director. The rest of the category was rounded out by "Call Me By Your Name", "Darkest Hour", "Get Out", "Lady Bird", "Phantom Thread", and "The Post". Roger Deakins has got his 14th nomination in cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 which makes him the most nominated cinematographer of all time but not one single even. Meryl Streep has been nominated for 19th time now for her performance in The Post directed by Steven Spielberg and the film has also got a best picture nomination. Yance Ford, co-director of documentary "Strong Island", is Oscar's first transgender nominee.

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Awards Won Outside The Academy Awards: 2004 Malaysia Film Festival (Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Music Score), 50th Asia Pacific Film Festival (Best Actress - Tiara Jacquelina), the inaugural Asian Festival of First Films (Best Producer - Tiara Jacquelina). The first: Suzanne de Pass for 1971's "Lady Sings the Blues".

Mudbound star Mary J Blige has also rewritten the record books. I also like seeing Jordan Peele, along with Greta Gerwig, getting nominated.

I haven't seen that movie, nor The Florida Project or The Shape of Water, for which Willem Dafoe and Richard Jenkins are nominated for, respectively. One is obvious: Since the rule change, Oscar voters have become more open to nominating movies outside the serious drama genre.

Frances McDormand is tipped to be this year's victor for her role as a grieving mother in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Yes, that Kobe Bryant is nominated for producing and writing animated short "Dear Basketball". Nolan bagged his first-ever Oscar nomination for the Best Director for World War II drama "Dunkirk", told from the perspectives of three elements - air, land and sea. Before this, Warren Beatty in 1978 and James L. Brooks in 1983, got nominated for all the three categories at once. Not bad for his first movie. The last woman nominee was Kathryn Bigelow when she won in 2009, so could Gerwig go all the way? That was in keeping with a tradition of generally cool treatment of action and sci-fi movies at the Academy Awards. The nominees in virtually every category - and certainly in the major categories - instantly diversified: not just in terms of color or gender, but in terms of the kinds of stories that were being considered and privileged. James McAvoy (January's "Split") and Jeremy Renner ("Wind River") impressed, but who would they replace? Again, in my opinion, this list is missing Holly Hunter, who was so good in "The Big Sick". It was shown no Oscar love whatsoever?