A look into the 90th Academy Awards

 Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

Awards season is officially upon us, which means the Academy Awards are right around the corner. The list of nominees was released early Tuesday morning, with “The Shape of Water” leading with 13 nominations. “Dunkirk,” received eight nominations, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” received seven. Actors nominated include Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington, Margot Robbie and Meryl Streep.

The awards, which will be taking place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, is being hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the event last year. The show will be broadcasted live on ABC on Sunday, March 4.

Nominations for best picture include “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “Phantom Thread,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Nominations for best director are Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele for “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread” and Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.”

Nominations for best actor include Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” Daniel Day-Lewis “Phantom Thread,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” Gary Oldman for “Darkest Hour” and Denzel Washington for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Nominations for best actress are Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,”  Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird” and Meryl Streep for “The Post.”

There are many first time nominees this year including Timothée Chalamet of “Call Me by Your Name,” Daniel Kaluuya and Jordan Peele of “Get Out,” Margot Robbie and Allison Janney of “I, Tonya” and Mary J. Blige of “Mudbound.”

Many of these actors shared their excitement on social media, such as Peele who tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel (Kaluuya). You know when you’re on the phone with trying disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.”

Kaluuya also shared his feelings, saying “I’m walking around in a daze. I’m so proud of Team Get Out.”

Ever since the criticism the Oscars received in 2016 and 2017, the inclusion of more black actors and actresses has been taken pretty seriously. Diversity is still lacking, but some improvements are slowly being made. This year best actor nominees Kaluuya and Washington, as well as supporting actress nominees Mary J. Blige for “Mudbound” and Octavia Spencer for “The Shape of Water” are all people of color who are being recognized for their work.

Women are also receiving more recognition in a variety of categories. For example, for the first time in its history, a woman, Rachel Morrison, was nominated for best cinematographer for her work on “Mudbound.”

The Academy is also including some films that dealt with social issues relevant to today’s society. “Get Out,” addresses racism and cultural appropriation, and “The Post,” which is centers around a female journalist making history and becoming a leader, are two examples of films that have been widely recognized for their portrayal of relevant issues.

Actors such as James Franco and Kevin Spacey, who were both involved in sexual harassment allegations, have been left out of the nominations.

The Academy Awards bring together some of the world’s most prominent leaders in film for a night of glamour, recognition and celebration. The Awards will begin at 8:30 p.m. eastern time, with red carpet coverage beginning earlier.


Melissa Scrivani is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at melissa.scrivani@uconn.edu.