Monday, April 22, 2024

Oscar Nominations Pit One Studio — Fox– Against Itself with “Shape of Water,” “3 Billboards,” “The Post” Fighting for Best Picture

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The Oscar nominations find one studio– Fox– fighting against itself with 3 of the 9 Best Picture nominations. Congrats to the filmmakers and to the publicists at Fox. Amazing. They have “Shape of Water,” “Three Billboards,” and “The Post.” The first two are from Fox Searchlight. Now that Disney has bought Fox, perhaps they will consider leaving all those people in place…

Diane Warren received her 9th nomination for Best Song– “Stand Up for Something”– it’s about time she won.

Two of the Best Actor nominations are first timers– Daniel Kaluuya from “Get Out” and Timothee Chalamet from “Call Me By Your Name.” Congrats. Those two guys will be back many times in years to come.

Denzel Washington got a nod for “Roman Israel.” I loved this performance, and I’m so glad it was acknowledged. DW is one of our finest actors.

But the real triumph is in Best Directing– Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele, two first timers whose movies are adored, are in. So is Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk,” a huge achievement. Paul Thomas Anderson’s glorious “Phantom Thread” made it, too, as did “Shape of Water.” But “Three Billboards” director Martin McDonagh did not. My guess: “Three Billboards” is Best Picture, Guillermo del Toro is Best Director.

BEST PICTURE

Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Ladybird, Phantom Thread,Shape of Water,The Post, Three Billboards

BEST ACTOR
Timothee Chalamet, Daniel Day Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep

BEST DIRECTING
Dunkirk. Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, Shape of Water

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Plummer, Sam Rockwell

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J Blige, Allison Janney, Lesley Manville, Laurie Metcalf, Octavia Spencer

EDITING
Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”
Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”
Tatiana S. Riegel, “I, Tonya”
John Gregory, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Sidney Wolinsky, “The Shape of Water”

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”
Bruno Delbonnel, “Darkest Hour”
Dan Laustsen, “The Shape of Water”
Rachel Morrison, “Mudbound”
Hoyte van Hoytema, “Dunkirk”

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
“Abacus: Small Enough To Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus”
“Strong Island“
“Last Man in Aleppo”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Fantastic Woman”
“On Body And Soul”
“Loveless”
“The Insult”
“The Square”

ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
John Williams, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”

PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Beauty And The Beast”

COSTUME
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”

VISUAL EFFECTS
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2“
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”

SOUND MIXING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

SOUND EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

MAKEUP AND HAIR
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria And Abdul”
“Wonder”

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”
Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, “The Disaster Artist”
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”
“Logan”
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees, “Mudbound”

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Breadwinner”
“Coco”
“The Boss Baby“
“Loving Vincent”
“Ferdinand”

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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