A Look At The 2018 Oscar Nominees

Emmanuel Lebron, A&E Editor

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With one more week until the the 90th Academy Awards, let’s take a look at this year’s interesting contenders.

Dominating the competition is “The Shape of Water,” with 13 nominations. A bizarre yet heartwarming romance, director Guillermo Del Toro’s fairy tale with a twist is up for all of the big awards including best picture, best director, and best screenplay and acting awards. Not far behind was the war epic, “Dunkirk,” from Christopher Nolan which landed eight nominations, including best picture and director.

The nomination of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” is also important to note. It received nominations for best picture, director, and many of the other top categories. The sleeper hit horror film was considered by some to be a genre movie, something the Academy tends to overlook, and even ended up nominated as a comedy at the Golden Globes. This nomination is proof of its genre-bending and satirical brilliance.

Other notable nominees include best actress nominations for Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya” and Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird.” Greta Gerwig’s best director nomination for “Lady Bird” seems like a direct response to the jokes and comments about the “all male” directors category at the Golden Globes earlier this year. Gerwig is now the fifth woman to be nominated for best director, and Peele is the fifth black director. After facing criticism and controversy in the past over its lack of inclusion, it seems like the Academy has finally responded with a much more diverse list of nominees that hopefully will remain for award shows to come.