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Oscars 2018: Here Are The Nominees For Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor And Actress, And Best Director

The nominees for the 90th Oscars have been announced!

This has been a remarkable year for movies. Actors, directors, producers, and writers have given the world films that not only entertain but, more importantly, challenge the viewers. This is a landmark year to honor their achievements.

After the epic Best Picture mix-up at last year’s Oscars—where La La Land was incorrectly announced by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty as the winner due to honest mistake, when it should be the Moonlight—we can say there’s been renewed interest in the show.

Though he wasn’t directly involved in the erroneous announcement, last year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, had a self-deprecating concluding statement on it at the awards show: “I knew I would screw this show up, I really did… I promise I’ll never come back.” But he will, because he was asked to host this year’s show again, happening on March 4. Along with the announcement of the nominees, a hilarious promo video was released by ABC, showing Jimmy having recurring nightmares about the Oscars and later seeking therapy with the help of Warren!

 

 

After a lot of personal reflection, I've decided to host the #Oscars again…@TheAcademy

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On a serious note, issues on sexual misconduct as well as biases against female directors have plagued Hollywood, so the list of the Oscars nominees this year has also noticeably been influenced by these factors. The Disaster Artist star James Franco was left out for the Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination, obviously because of the recent sexual misconduct accusations made against him. And, for the first time ever, a female cinematographer, Rachel Morrison (Mudbound), was nominated for an Oscar.

Now, who are in the running for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director at Oscars 2018? Here are the nominees:

 

Actor in a Leading Role

 

Timothée Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name

This 22-year-old actor started making his presence felt in the industry in 2014. That year, he had minor roles in Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children and Ralph Arend’s Worst Friends but also had a more significant role as the son of Matthew McConaughey’s character in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. His next projects thereafter include films One & Two, The Adderall Diaries (where he played the teenage version of James Franco’s character), and Love the Coopers. In 2016, he played the role of a troubled student in the independent film Miss Stevens, where his acting chops truly shone. Now, in Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name, Timothée plays the role of Elio who fell in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer). This portrayal has earned him a Breakthrough Actor award at Gotham Award and Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Award.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis for Phantom Thread

 

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In June of last year, Variety reported that Daniel will retire. The announcement read: “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” The 60-year-old actor also shared that he didn’t plan on quitting before embarking on the Phantom Thread. In 2012, Time magazine named him the world’s greatest actor. Last June 2014, he received knighthood from Prince William for services to drama at Buckingham Palace. As one of Britain’s most acclaimed actors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner, for his performances in My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2012); these nods from the Academy make him the only male actor in history to have three wins in the lead actor category. He plays Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread which, incidentally, according to him, is the last time you will see him in a superior screen performance. Many people were very surprised with his announcement to retire after his performance in Phantom Thread.
 
 

Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out

This young Londoner faces pretty strong competition in the Actor in a Leading Role category from more established Hollywood stars. Although, to be fair, Daniel has been acting since his teenage years, and is quite experienced already. But his performance in this American horror film as photographer Chris Washington, who goes to meet the family of his white girlfriend where he notices weird behavior from the black housekeeper and groundskeeper, is a must-see; this is his breakout role. He got due recognition for his performances on TV series Black Mirror’s Fifteen Million Merits episode, the BBC dark series Psychoville, and the BBC dark drama The Fades. In 2011, he played Agent Tucker in Johnny English Reborn. Daniel was also in 2013’s Kick Ass 2, and he is currently seen as W’Kabi in Marvel Studio’s Black Panther.

 

Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour

 

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Primed for another award, much buzz is given for the masterful performance of best actor frontrunner Gary Oldman as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. This English actor who has appeared on stage, film, and TV is known for his versatility and expressive acting style, gaining him a cult following. He is known for playing the villain in a number of popular motion pictures which has seen him referenced in popular culture. Many know him for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, Commissioner Gordon in the Dark Knight trilogy, as the voice of Lord Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2, and as the voice of Vikto Reznov in the Call of Duty video game series.

 

Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq.

One of the favorites to win this year, this two-time Academy Award winner was given the spotlight for his performances in the war drama film Glory in 1989 where he won Best Supporting Actor and as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day in 2001 where he won Best Actor. Denzel made his first big screen appearance in 1981’s Carbon Copy with George Segal. He worked both movies and TV and was chosen for the great role of Dr. Philip Chandler in NBC’s medical series St. Elsewhere, a role he would play for six years. In 2005, Denzel returned to the stage in the Shakespearean play Julius Caesar. His last Academy Award nomination was for Best Actor in 2012 as an alcoholic airline pilot in Flight . In 2014, he appeared in the action thriller The Equalizer. Now, in Roman J. Israel Esq, Denzel plays the role of a lawyer from a small firm in Los Angeles. The film may have mixed reviews but Denzel got the nod from the Academy with this nomination.


 

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins gets nominated this year for her role as mute janitor Elisa Esposito, who works at a secret government facility in Baltimore during the cold war, in this Guillermo del Toro fantasy drama. Sally is of English and Irish decent from Southeast London. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1998. Her notable screen performances include the the BBC adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Tipping the Velvet and Mike Leigh film All or Nothing both in 2002, and Layer Cake in 2004.

 

Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

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Frances McDormand’s versatile acting has been recognized by many critics and the Academy. She is a four-time nominee, for Mississippi Burning in 1988, Fargo in 1996 - for which she won the Best Actress Award, Almost Famous in 2000, and North Country in 2005. Many describe her as keenly intelligent, a quality that easily dissolves into the characters she plays. She has an adopted son, Pedro, who was born in Paraguay. They live in Manhattan, New York. Frances gets nominated for her role as Mildred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a mother who personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder case when the police force fails to capture the culprit.
 
 

Margot Robbie for I, Tonya

Margot Robbie comes from a family of four children. She graduated from Somerset College in Australia. She rose to fame as Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsece’s Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street in 2013. She starred as Jane Porter in The Legend of Tarzan, Tanya Vanderpoel in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and Joker’s bitter half Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, all in 2016. Margot portrayed the figure skater Tonya Harding in the bio pic I, Tonya last year, which received critical acclaim and nominations in the Golden Globes as well as the Oscars for Best Actress in a Motion Picture.

 

Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird

Saoirse Ronan made her first TV appearance on the TV series The Clinic way back in 2003. Her first film appearance was in the 2007 movie I Could Never Be Your Woman. She received international recognition and fame after appearing in the 2007 movie Atonement, which was directed by Joe Wright; the role earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then took on the role of a murdered girl seeking vengeance in The Lovely Bones in 2009, a teenage assassin in the 2011 movie Hanna, a vampire in the 2012 movie Byzantium, and a chef in the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel. In 2016, Saoirse moved from Dublin, Ireland to New York City to begin rehearsals for her debut appearance on Broadway in a revival of the Arthur Miller play The Crucible. In Lady Bird, a coming-of-age film by Greta Gerwig, Saoirse played the title role of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior who shares a tumultuous relationship with her mother.

 

Meryl Streep for The Post

 

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Without a doubt considered by many—critics and fans alike—to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been astonishingly nominated for an Academy Award for 21 times, and has won three times! Meryl’s early performing ambitions leaned towards the opera. She graduated in the Yale School of Drama. Though a beginner, in her first film role in the 1977 movie Julia, her performance was already memorable and commendable. The following year, she was nominated for her first Oscar for her role in the movie Deer Hunter. She went on to win the Academy Award for the 1979 movie Kramer Vs Kramer and in 1982 for Sophie’s Choice, where she gave a heart-wrenching portrayal of an inmate mother in a Nazi death camp. Although her 2017 movie The Post was released a little late, one cannot deny the fact that Meryl deserves this nomination for yet another fantastic performance. Here, she received praise for her role as the first female newspaper publisher in the US. This Steven Spielberg drama centers on The Washington Post’s publication of the 1971 Pentagon Papers.

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project

A Hollywood legend who is internationally respected for bringing boldness and versatility to some of the most iconic films of our time, Willem Dafoe has been recognized with two Academy Award nominations: Best Supporting Actor for the movies Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire. Willem is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, a New-York based experimental theatre collective; he created and performed in all of the group’s work from 1977 to 2005. He is nominated for the 2017 American drama film The Florida Project, directed by Sean Baker. It stars Willem Dafoe as Bobby Hicks, the manager of The Magic Castle Motel. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living in a motel with her rebellious mother in Greater Orlando, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet.

 

Woody Harrelson for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woody Harrelson grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. Woody received degrees in theatre arts and English from Hanover College and had a brief stint in the New York Theatre. He was cast soon thereafter as bartender Woody Boyd in the 1982 TV series Cheers, which was his breakout role and which earned him five Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 1989. In 1999, Woody directed his own play, “Furthest from the Sun,” at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis. He has been nominated for an Oscar three times: Best Actor for The People vs. Larry Flint, Best Supporting Actor for The Messenger, and now, for his role as Willoughby in the 2017 drama movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

 

Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water  

Richard Jenkins is an American actor who began his career in theatre at the Trinity Repertory Company. He made his first film in 1974 and had supporting roles on film and TV in the 80s. His first major role was when he portrayed Nathaniel Fisher in the HBO drama series Six Feet Under. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film The Visitor. Richard also starred in Dear John, as the father of the character of Channing Tatum, as well as in the 2012 Josh Whedon/Drew Goddard horror film The Cabin in the Woods and Eat Pray Love alongside Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. he plays next door neighbor Giles, a struggling gay advertisement illustrator in the 2017 American fantasy film The Shape of  Water.

 

Christopher Plummer for All the Money in the World

Christopher Plummer was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is of Scottish, English and Anglo-Irish descent. Plummer was raised in Senneville, Quebec. Christopher has an illustrious career that spans five decades. He is famously known for portraying Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie The Sound of Music. He also portrayed several historical figures including Athur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington in 1970’s Waterloo, and as Rudyard Kipling in the 1975 film The Man Who Would Be King. He got the Oscar nod this 2017 for his role as J. Paul Getty, Getty III’s grandfather in the crime thriller film All The Money in the World, which was directed by Ridley Scott, based on the 1995 John Pearson book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty.
 

Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sam Rockwell is well known for his supporting roles in the 1999 film The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest, as well as the 2007 motion picture Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the 2008 movie Frost/Nixon, the 2010 film Iron Man 2, and the 2013 movie The Way, Way Back. Sam has been a member of the Labyrinth Theatre Company since 1992. In 2005, Philip Seymour Hoffman directed him in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ hit play “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”. In 2009, he starred in the critically acclaimed science fiction film Moon directed by Duncan Jones. His portrayal in this 2017 black comedy film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has earned him praises.

 

Actress in a Supporting Role
 

Mary J. Blige for Mudbound

This singer/songwriter/rapper/record producer made her acting debut on the sitcom The Jaime Foxx Show, playing a Southern character. In 2001, Mary J. Blige starred opposite rapper Q-Tip in the independent film, Prison Song. Her dossier includes appearances on Ghost Whisperer,  Entourage, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Rock of Ages, Betty and Cretan, and The Wiz Live! Last year, she appears and gets nominated in the period-drama film Mudbound for her role as housekeeper Florence Jackson. Mudbound is a 2017 American period drama film written by Rees and Virgil Williams and directed by Dee Rees, based on the novel of the same name by Hillary Jordan.
 

Allison Janney for I, Tonya

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress, who has earned a strong reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles. She has become more prominent by portraying one the major characters on the TV series The West Wing, where she played the President’s press secretary who eventually gets promoted to the White House Chief of Staff. Early on in her career, Allison got comedic roles in soap operas, such as Guiding Light (1952) and As the World Turns (1956). Among her stage work, she has played in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” on Broadway. I, Tonya is an American biographical drama written by Steven Rogers and directed by Craig Gillespie. It is about the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and her connection to the 1994 attack to her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

 

Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread

 

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Lesley Manville is a multi-awarded stage and screen actress. She is known for her big screen performances in the Secrets and Lies (1996), Topsy-Turvy (1999), All or Nothing (2002), Another Year (2010), and Maleficent (2014). Lesley’s extensive stage career includes roles in As You Like It, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, His Dark Materials, The Alchemist, All About My Mother, and Six Degrees of Separation. She gets the Oscar nod for her portrayal of Cyril Woodcock, sister of Reynolds Woodcock and head of operations in the luxury fashion house in Phantom Thread, an American historical drama written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, set in London’s couture world in the 1950s.
 

Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird

 

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Laurie Metcalf began acting at the Steppenwolf Theatre company. Her TV and film career started off with a minor and uncredited role in the 1978 film A Wedding. In 1988, Laurie found a memorable role as Jackie in the TV series Roseanne. She has been part of numerous films, including Desperately Seeking Susan, Uncle Buck, Internal Affairs, Pacific Heights, JFK, Leaving Las Vegas, Scream 2, and Meet the Robinsons. In Lady Bird, the 62-year-old actress stars as Marion McPherson, the mother of Saoirse Ronan’s character.

 

Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water

In 1995, veteran director Joel Schumacher gave her a small part opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit film A Time to Kill. But her breakthrough performance came in 2011, when she starred as Minny Jackson in the period drama The Help, for which she won an Oscar. Octavia made her stage debut in Los Angeles and originated the role of LaSonia in The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife opposite veteran actors Beth Grant, Dale Dickey, and David Steen. She also co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the 2014 drama film Black or White and as Johanna Reyes in the 2015 film The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Octavia also voiced Mrs. Otterton in Disney’s Zootopia. In The Shape of Water, Octavia stars as Zelda Delilah Fuller, a cleaning lady in a Cold War U.S. bunker.

 

Directing

 

Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk

 

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Christopher Nolan is one of the most top-grossing directors in history, and is considered the most acclaimed and one of the most influential filmmakers in the 21st Century. He made his directorial debut in the 1998 movie Following, but Christopher gained much attention for his second feature, the 2000 movie Memento. He found further success with The Dark Knight Trilogy, as well as the 2010 movie Inception which received eight Academy Award nominations. His 2017 film Dunkirk is a British, American, French and Dutch co-production and was distributed by Warner Brothers; it is a war film written, directed and produced by Christopher, which depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II.
 

Jordan Peele for Get Out

 

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Jordan Peele is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He rose to fame starring in Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele and as a cast member of Mad TV. In 2010, Jordan co-starred in the FOX comedy pilot The Station and appeared with a recurring role in the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He had a supporting role in the David Wain comedy Wanderlust which was released in 2012. Getout serves as a career breakthrough for Jordan, because this is his solo directorial debut.

 

Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, screenwriter, director and playwright. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films and has worked with top directors such as Ti West, Whit Stilman, and Woody Allen. But success and international recognition for Greta did not come until the 2012 film Francis Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach, a film she also co-wrote. In 2011, Greta received an award for Acting from the Athena Film Festival for her artistry as one of Hollywood’s best screen actresses of her generation. In 2017, she wrote and directed the highly acclaimed, semi-autobiographical teen movie Lady Bird. Set in 2002-2003, it stars Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Timothy Chalamet.

 

Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread

 

Paul Thomas Anderson got into filmmaking at a young age, his most significant being the 1988 amateur film The Dirk Diggler Story. After enrolling in N.Y.U.’s film program for two days, Paul Thomas got his tuition back and made his own short film, Cigarettes & Coffee. He has been nominated for eight Oscars over the course of his career, while his works have earned 25 Acadamy Award nominations and two wins for cast and crew. His movie There Will Be Blood has been named by several critics a the best film of the 2000s. His latest Oscar nomination is for the 2017 movie Phantom Thread, an American historical drama which stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a dressmaker who falls in love with a young waitress played by Vicky Kriep.

 

Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water

At age 21, Guillermo del Toro executive produced his first 1986 feature, Dona Herlinda and Her Son. He spent almost 10 years as a makeup supervisor, and formed his own company, Necropia. He also produced and directed Mexican television programs at his time and taught film. He got his first big break when his 1993 movie Cronos won nine Academy Awards in Mexico, then went on the international Critics Week prize at Cannes. Following this success, Guillermo made his first Hollywood film in 1997, Mimic, with Mira Sorvino in the lead role. The Shape of Water is a 2017 American fantasy film written by Guillermo and Vanessa Taylor. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the plot follows a mute custodian at a high-security government laboratory who befriends  humanoid-amphibian creature.

 

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