What makes this year's nominations so special is that the Academy pretty much defied nearly everything from the messy Golden Globes a few weeks back, and highlighted snubbed talent that weren't previously recognized.
Also nominated for best director was Peele. And despite a groundswell of support for Tiffany Haddish's hilarious turn in "Girls Trip", Oscar continued its bias against comedy performance (and comedies in general); she wasn't nominated. James Franco (The Disaster Artist) was notably left out. Joining them are Denzel Washington for Roman J Israel Esq and Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out. Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay were all considered possible categories the movie could receive a nomination.More news: England Women are 'on the verge of something special,' says Phil Neville
One for the ladies! He becomes the fifth black filmmaker nominated for best director, and third to helm a best picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins past year for Moonlight. The much-maligned-by-anyone-except-five-year-olds-and-Alec-Baldwin tale scooped up a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category, besting the more deserving "The Lego Batman Movie". Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani rounded out the original screenplay category for penning "The Big Sick". Greta Gerwig, who directed and wrote Lady Bird, and Jordan Peele, the African-American director and writer behind Get Out, were each recognised in the director and original screenplay categories.
The Best Actress nominations offered no surprises.
Best Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige-Mudbound, Allison Janney-I, Tonya, Laurie Metcalf-Lady Bird, Octavia Spencer-The Shape of Water, Lesley Manville-Phantom Thread. Rachel Morrison, for her work in Mudbound, became the first woman ever nominated in the cinematography category.More news: Salem Investment Counselors Inc. Cuts Stake in Colgate-Palmolive (CL)
Despite the lack of surprise, fans of Meryl Streep applauded her 21st nomination for Best Actress for The Post. The Jalisco-born filmmaker's dark fantasy drama then went on to win two Golden Globes last month, including best director, out of seven nominations.
Academy Award victor Octavia Spencer got nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Shape of Water.
What's Ahead: Right now, with 13 nominations, including salutes to its director and three of its stars, the front runner has to be "The Shape of Water".More news: Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) Announces Earnings Results
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the awards ceremony for a second consecutive year.