Happy Moments That Actually Came Out of the Oscar Nominations This Year

Jenna Warner
January 24, 2018

The Academy embraced outsiders with the nominations it announced today for the 90th Oscars as it lavished 13 nominations on Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, a romantic fantasy in which a mute woman, a black cleaning lady and a gay man join forces to save a mysterious sea creature from ominous government forces. Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water were presumed Best Picture nominees - they are now confirmed Best Picture nominees - but they're also movies that will forever change the way you look at the peach and fish emojis.

For Best Director, "Lady Bird" filmmaker Greta Gerwig became the first female nominee since 2010, when Kathryn Bigelow won the award for "The Hurt Locker".

"Wonder Woman": Despite being one of the highest-grossing films of 2017, Patty Jenkins' acclaimed live-action superhero film was entirely left out of the nominations.

Christopher Plummer was nominated for supporting actor for his role in Sir Ridley Scott's All The Money In The World, in which he was an 11th-hour replacement to scrub disgraced actor Kevin Spacey from the finished film.

Also, the #metoo and #timesup campaigns against sexual harassment appears to have exerted some influence in voting patterns - one actor thought to have a shot has been shut out, following allegations of misconduct from several women during the voting period.

Despite being movie industry legends, both Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks failed to score nominations in the Best Director and Best Actor categories.

Jessica Chastain: The "Molly's Game" star was unexpectedly snubbed of a nomination despite Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nods. Rounding out this year's list are previous nominee Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Oscar rookie Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and all-time contender Meryl Streep (The Post), grabbing her 21st nomination, the most of any actor.

Del Toro shares Best Original Screenplay with Vanessa Taylor and also earned a spot in the Best Director race. Which still gives films like Get Out, Lady Bird, and even Dunkirk a real fighting chance at winning the top prize.

For many stars, this morning marked a once in a lifetime moment-their first Oscar nomination. Rachel Morrison, for her work in Mudbound, became the first woman ever nominated in the cinematography category.

European betting firm Betway made "Three Billboards" favorite on Tuesday to win best picture, closely followed by "The Shape of Water".

Gerwig faces Get Out's Jordan Peele, Phantom Thread's Paul Thomas Anderson, Nolan and Del Toro.

The Shape of Water landed just shy of tying the record of 14 nominations by All About Eve, Titanic and La La Land.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the awards ceremony for a second consecutive year.

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