And the Oscars Nominess Are…


Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from “Get Out.” Kaluuya was nominated for an Oscar for best actor on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.
  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

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”

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.”

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”

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 World”
  5. Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

DIRECTOR

  1. Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
  2. Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
  3. Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
  4. Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”
  5. Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  1. “A Fantastic Woman”
  2. “The Insult”
  3. “Loveless”
  4. “On Body and Soul”
  5. “The Square”

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

  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”

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,” “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

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  1. The Boss Baby
  2. The Breadman
  3. Coco
  4. Ferdinand
  5. Loving Vincent

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  1. Call Me by Your Name
  2. The Disaster Artist
  3. Logan
  4. Molly’s Game
  5. Mudbound

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  1. The Big Sick
  2. Get Out
  3. Lady Bird
  4. The Shape of Water
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Overall, I do not really have comments on the Oscars. But I think it is important to note that Dunkirk and Darkest Hour are both propaganda films.

There have been strong criticisms about why Dunkirk perpetuates a white washed narrative of WW2, while Darkest Hour is about Churchill who lead the United Kingdom through WW2 but also ordered massacres of Afghans and Greeks, and enabled the horrific Bengal famine of 1943.

I had never heard of Phantom Thread but it and The Post sound exactly like the historical films of hostile whiteness I expect to see nominated for the Oscars. By “hostile whiteness” I do not mean that these films are bad, I just mean that they are the types of films where, if a black person appears I expect them to be in servile position and thus likely to be beaten and/or killed.

As far as I can tell no one was really talking about Blade Runner 2049, or Darkest Hour, or Phantom Thread, which I suspect that says more about the kind of people in the academy. We already know their biases rule the Oscars anyway.

I am much more annoyed that Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri got so many nominations, considering that its pretty well trashed by black film critics.

Again, this conveys a lot about the members of the academy. I have read a few defences of this film by black people, and to be honest it often to amounts to “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri isn’t racist because it represents Hollywood and white American society which is racist.”

Finally, I was most annoyed at the slight against Mudbound and director Dee Rees. You might be aware that I labeled Mudbound the best film of 2017. I hope Dee never stops making films, no matter how much the industry ignores her.

Congratulations are in order, however, for Greta Gerwig, who becomes only the 5th woman nominated for Best Director for “Lady Bird”, and Jordan Peele who also got nominated for Best Director for “Get Out”, his first film as a director.

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