9 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Oscar Nominations

9 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning (Jan. 23), and there's a lot to process.

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this morning (Jan. 23), and there's a lot to process.

Text: Megan Armstrong

1. Meryl Streep has broken the record, previously held by herself, for most total Academy Award nominations. This year, she is nominated for Best Actress for her performance as Katherine Graham in The Post — about the first publishers of a major American newspaper challenging major government cover-ups concerning Vietnam — which gives her 21 total nominations in her career. She is the most nominated performer of all-time. About this nominated, she said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, "I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women's voices in the movement of history. Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart."

2. Greta Gerwig is the only woman nominated for Best Director, and becomes just the fifth woman to be nominated for directing in Oscars history. She helmed Lady Bird, a film about a young girl's turbulent senior year of high school. Kathryn Bigelow, who directed the 2008 war drama The Hurt Locker, is the only woman to have won for directing. Lady Bird earned five nominations.

3. Breakout star Timothée Chalamet is now the youngest best actor Oscars nominee in over 75 years. Chalamet grew to worldwide acclaim for his role in Call Me by Your Name, which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song.

4. Jordan Peele couldn't have asked for a better directorial debut, as his film Get Out is making history. Get Out could become one of few horror films in history to win Best Picture. The film hit theaters almost a full year ago (Feb. 2017) but hasn't lost acclaim or relevance. Peele becomes the third person in history to earn nominations in a directorial debut for Best Picture, and the directing and writing categories.

5. Two bonafide stars in other industries have now invaded film: Kobe Bryant and Mary J. Blige. Bryant, a retired Los Angeles Laker and five-time NBA champion, sees his short animated film Dear Basketball nominated. Upon hearing the news, Bryant tweeted, "What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention. Thanks to the genius of @GlennKeanePrd & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It's an honor to be on this team. #OscarNoms." As for Mary J., she received her first Oscar nominations and made some history in the process.

6. Mary J. Blige is the first person to be nominated in both an acting and music category, receiving nods for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song for her work on Netflix's Mudbound.  The music icon and nine-time Grammy winner said she "can't stop crying" upon hearing the news.

7. Mudbound gave another woman her first shot at an Oscar, too, as Rachel Morrison becomes the first woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars. "Women are so qualified they should just go for it. It’s not just about cinematography, it about believing in yourself and that anything’s possible," Morrison told The Hollywood Reporter. “I believe the job of the cinematographer is to visualize emotion — things we as women are inherently good at."

8. Films originally shown at Sundance collectively are nominated 16 times.

9. As always, there were plenty of notable snubs. The revolutionary Wonder Woman was sadly not recognized in any category.  Tom Hanks, who starred opposite Streep in The Post, surprisingly did not receive a nomination, and neither did James Franco for his work in The Disaster Artist (although that may be for the better). On the other end, The Shape of Water leads all nominees with 13 nods.

Credits: Photo from Mudbound official trailer.

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