Nominees were announced yesterday for the 90th Academy Awards in a live broadcast from the Academy’s Beverley Hill headquarters. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s nominations…
Tell us about the leading nominations…
Fantasy romance The Shape of Water has received the most nominations, with a foot in 13 categories including best picture, best actress in a leading role for Sally Hawkins – for her touching performance as Elisa – and best actress in a supporting role for Octavia Spencer, who plays her tough companion Zelda.
Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour appears in seven categories, with Gary Oldman receiving an actor in a leading role nomination for his portrayal of the flawed but loveable and ultimately victorious Churchill in the early days of WWII.
Martin McDonagh's black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – a major winner at the Golden Globes earlier this month – has picked up six nominations, including best picture, an actress in a leading role nomination for Frances McDormand – for her role as the revenge-seeking Mildred Hayes – and a best original screenplay nomination for McDonagh.
And 2017 favourite Dunkirk hasn’t been forgotten, receiving six nominations including best picture and best director for Christopher Nolan, and best original music score for Hans Zimmer.
Anything in particular to be excited about?
Rachel Morrison has become the first female filmmaker ever to be nominated for a best cinematography Oscar, for her work on Netflix period drama Mudbound, and we’re pleased to see Greta Gerwig nominated as best director for Lady Bird, particularly after the lack of female representation in the best director category – called out by Natalie Portman – at the Golden Globes
It’s also looking good for us Brits this year; in the best actor category alone, Gary Oldman has been nominated for Darkest Hour, Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of a fashion designer in Phantom Thread, and Daniel Kaluuya for his role in horror film Get Out.
Who’s likely to win?
The million dollar question but initial odds released by betting company Betway suggest Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is tipped as the people’s choice to win best picture, while Frances McDormand is the favourite to scoop up best actress, and Gary Oldman best actor. The award for best director is currently more neck and neck, with the betting company suggesting The Shape of Water’s Guillermo Del Toro is just ahead of Dunkirk’s Christopher Nolan at present.
“Academy voters are still more than capable of moving in a different direction - especially as the Oscars doesn't use a first past the post system for picking the winner,” writes Lizo Mzimba, entertainment correspondent for the BBC. “Instead, it employs a preferential ballot, where voters' second and third choices can be vital in deciding which film will win,” he adds, pointing out that the system favours consensus over passion. Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see…
When’s the ceremony taking place?
The 2018 Oscars will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and awarded on Sunday 4th March in a ceremony at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Last year, the ceremony was broadcast live in the UK by Sky Cinema, but broadcast details for this year are yet been confirmed.
Anything else to know?
Awards are handed out in 24 categories, most of which contain five nominees – exceptions are the best picture category, which can have between five and ten nominees and has nine nominees this year, and makeup and hairstyling, which has three nominees.
Following the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, attempts have been made by the Academy to make its membership less old, white and male, and around 20% of the current voting membership have only joined in the last two years.
You can find the full list of nominations for the 2018 Oscars here.