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posted Friday, February 23, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 08
Oscars 2018 nominations announced:

Call Me By Your Name nets 4, Chilean trans movie A Fantastic Woman up for Best Foreign Language Film
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Oscars 2018 nominations announced:

Call Me By Your Name nets 4, Chilean trans movie A Fantastic Woman up for Best Foreign Language Film

Screen Actors Guild awards given out last weekend

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Few surprises were unveiled when nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced in the early morning hours of January 23. Many of the major nominees mirrored those who contended for Golden Globes, SAGs and Critics Choice Awards in the past weeks with a few exceptions.

The gay coming-of-age film Call Me by Your Name earned four nods, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Best Original Song ('Mystery of Love', written by Sufjan Stevens). Additionally, Timothée Chalamet will contend for Best Actor, receiving his first Oscar nomination for portraying precocious teenager Elio, who falls for an older graduate student while vacationing with his family in Italy. Stiff competition from a overflowing pool of fine performances prevented Armie Hammer from squeezing into the Best Supporting Actor category, besides the fact that co-star Michael Stulbarg may have siphoned votes from him.

The transgender-themed movie A Fantastic Woman is in the running for Best Foreign Language Film. The Chilean drama features Daniela Vega in the role of trans woman Marina Vidal, who is mistreated by the family of her lover when he passes away suddenly. It went through an extensive process to garner a nomination, first having to be selected by the South American country (only one entry is allowed per nation); a record number of 92 entries were submitted this year. Then, a special committee narrowed the list to 9 semi-finalists and finally the last five are chosen. On Body and Soul from Hungary, The Insult from Lebanon, Loveless from Russia and The Square from Sweden are also in the race.

Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele became the fifth woman and fifth black person in history to be nominated for Best Director, respectively. For Gerwig, it ended an eight year-streak by the Academy's director branch of nominating all men; the only female to ever win the award is Kathryn Bigelow, who accepted the Best Director prize in 2010 for The Hurt Locker. For Peele, he scored a rare triple by also collecting nods for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for his critically acclaimed thriller Get Out.

The nine films selected for Best Picture, besides Call Me by Your Name and Get Out, are The Shape of Water, The Post, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

For Best Actor, Chalamet will face off with Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Daniel Day Lewis (Phantom Thread), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.). For Best Director, Gerwig and Peele are going up against Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread).

Meryl Streep landed her 21st nomination for playing newspaper heiress Katherine Graham in The Post, but the Best Actress frontrunner is Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The category also includes Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Margot Robbie (I, Tonya).

Lesley Manville, who hadn't been nominated in any other major awards leading up to the Oscars, was a surprise pick for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Phantom Thread. But the battle is between Allison Janney in I, Tonya and Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird, two multiple Emmy winners who each received their first Oscar nod on Tuesday morning; Metcalf also has a Tony Award to her credit.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, who both appear in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, are up for Best Supporting Actor together, marking the first time since 1992 that the Academy has double-dipped for this category; Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley competed for this award nearly three decades ago for the movie Bugsy. Rockwell and Harrelson are joined by Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) and Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water).

Openly gay songwriter Benj Pasek and his professional partner Justin Paul are nominated for the second consecutive year for Best Original Song. They won in 2017 for 'City of Stars' from La La Land; they're in the running this time for 'This Is Me' from The Greatest Showman. The talented duo are also Grammy nominees for scoring the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

The Academy Awards will be presented on March 4, delayed this year because of the upcoming Winter Olympics.



Last weekend, the Screen Actors Guild Awards were given out to recipients from film and television. Oldman, McDormand, Rockwell and Janney repeated their acting wins from the Golden Globes earlier this month, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri captured the all-important statue for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, considered the equivalent of the Best Picture Oscar award.

On the TV side, Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard won more hardware for their roles in Big Little Lies, David Harbour emerged as Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for Stranger Things and Claire Foy (The Crown) scored a rare upset over The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

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