The 2018 Oscar nominations have been announced and there have been more than just a few surprises.

 

The allegations against James Franco have appeared to scupper his chances of following up his Golden Globe with an Academy Award, while Armie Hammer was another who was left off the Best Actor list, despite an incredible performance in Call Me By Your Name.

Here are the nominations for all the major categories and our predictions for each one.

BEST PICTURE

Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The surprise here is Get Out, a horror movie, getting the nomination. It's is rare to see a movie from that genre get the nod. That being said, it is unlikely it will win. We fancy either Phantom Thread, or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to take home the gong.

DIRECTING

Christopher Nolan — Dunkirk, Jordan Peele — Get Out, Greta Gerwig — Lady Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson — Phantom Thread, Guillermo del Toro — The Shape of Water

It was somewhat of a surprise to see Gerwig overlooked for the Golden Globe, but we think she will be happy enough to take the Oscar instead.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

For us, this is a toss-up between Martin McDonagh and Greta Gerwig. If a gun was put to our heads, we would pick Gerwig.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name — James Ivory, The Disaster Artist — Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Logan — Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green, Molly’s Game — Aaron Sorkin, Mudbound — Virgil Williams, Dee Rees

It is fantastic to see Logan, which is probably the most mature super-hero movie out there, getting recognition. However, this one should go to James Ivory. Call Me By Your Name was nothing short of beautiful.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothée Chalamet — Call Me By Your Name, Daniel Day Lewis — Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya — Get Out, Gary Oldman — Darkest Hour, Denzel Washington — Roman J. Israel, Esq.

This is Daniel Day Lewis' Oscar and there is very little doubt in our minds regarding that.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins — The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie — I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan — Lady Bird, Meryl Streep — The Post

Sally Hawkins is an absolutely amazing actress, but we cannot see her defeating her closest rival, Frances McDormand.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Willem Dafoe — The Florida Project, Woody Harrelson — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Richard Jenkins — The Shape of Water, Christopher Plummer — All the Money in the World, Sam Rockwell — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dafoe's performance in The Florida Project was terrific and he deserves this award.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige — Mudbound, Allison Janney — I, Tonya, Lesley Manville — Phantom Thread, Laurie Metcalf — Lady Bird, Octavia Spencer — The Shape of Water

Laurie Metclaf stole the screen in her performance as the mother in Lady Bird.

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail — Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman, Faces Places — Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda, Icarus — Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan, Last Men in Aleppo — Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Søren Steen Jespersen, Strong Island — Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Last Men In Aleppo is as necessary as it is startling. A winner.


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Boss Baby — Tom McGrath, Ramsey Naito, The Breadwinner — Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo, Coco — Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson, Ferdinand — Carlos Saldanha, Loving Vincent — Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart

Coco will probably win this, although The Breadwinner should be the victor.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman — Sebastián Lelio, Chile, The Insult — Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon, Loveless — Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, On Body and Soul — Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary, The Square — Ruben Östlund, Sweden

The Square and Loveless are our two picks here, although it is an open race this year.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Blade Runner 2049 — Roger A. Deakins, Darkest Hour — Bruno Delbonnel, Dunkirk — Hoyte van Hoytema, Mudbound — Rachel Morrison, The Shape of Water — Dan Laustsen

Blade Runner and Dunkirk are neck and neck, but the epicness of the World War II movie should win through.