2018 Oscars Preview

With the Oscars looming less than a month away, many fans are anxiously waiting to see which movies, actors, actresses and directors will be taking home the awards. The 90th Oscars will be airing live from Hollywood on March 4, 2018 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who is returning for a second year. The nominations for this year’s Oscars were released on January 23, and many people were shocked by some of the results.

In the category for Best Picture, these nine films have been nominated: “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.” These five animated films have been nominated this year: “The Boss Baby,” “The Breadwinner,” “Coco,” “Ferdinand,” and “Loving Vincent.”

These five actors are in the running for Lead Actor: Timothée Chalament in “Call Me by Your Name,” Daniel Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out,” Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour,” and Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” These five actresses are in the running for Best Actress: Sally Hawkins in “The Shape of Water,” Frances McDormand in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya,” Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird,” and Meryl Streep in “The Post.”

For the Directors category, these five directors are in the running: Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” Jordan Peele for “Get Out,” Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread,” and Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.”

 For original score, there are five nominations: “Dunkirk” by Hans Zimmer, “Phantom Thread” by Jonny Greenwood, “The Shape of Water” by Alexandre Desplat, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” by John Williams, and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Carter Burwell. For costume design, there are five nominations: “Beauty and The Beast” from Jacqueline Durran, “Darkest Hour” from Jacqueline Durran, “Phantom Thread” from Mark Bridges, “The Shape of Water” from Luis Sequeira, and “Victoria and Abdul” from Consolata Boyle.

For Visual Effects, there are five nominations: “Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Kong: Skull Island,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

With these nominations came some confusion, debate and predictions among fans, which usually accompanies the yearly awards show. Despite it being a Guillermo del Toro film, there are many who were surprised to hear that “The Shape of Water” is in the lead this year with 13 nominations, followed by “Dunkirk” with eight and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with seven.

There is also much debate over whether or not “Boss Baby” should be on the list for best animated feature, the reason “Wonder Woman” didn’t appear in any categories, and other disagreements that usually follow the nominations for this awards show. Despite these arguments and speculations, fans are still eagerly waiting for the 90th Oscars in March to see which of their favorites will leave with these golden trophies.

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