My Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar Nominees

This morning saw the announcement of the nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards. There is lot that I can say about this year’s nominees, so I am going to get straight to it.

  • The leading nominee is The Shape of Water with 13 nominations, which makes me quite happy as a fan of Guillermo del Toro. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, my favourite film of last year, also has a decent turn out with 8 nominations.
  • I’ve already seen eight of the nine Best Picture nominees. I’ll try and catch up with Call Me By Your Name ASAP.
  • Does Meryl Streep truly need ANOTHER Best Actress nomination?
  • Christopher Plummer is now the oldest ever Oscar nominee, for a film he was a last minute replacement on.
  • The Netflix-produced Mudbound received four nominations, including Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. However, we have yet to see a film released to a streaming service get a Best Picture nomination
  • Get Out now has the distinction of being one of the few horror films to get a Best Picture nomination. Hopefully The Academy acknowledges this fact.
  • It is almost sad that the Best Make-Up Award has moved away from the creature effects it was founded for. As such, Victoria & Abdul got a nomination, while The Shape of Water never even made it to the shortlist
  • After gaining major momentum from its Golden Globes win, In the Fade ended up being completely snubbed in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It’s a shame, because it would’ve been my pick to win.
  • The Boss Baby really stands out among the nominations for Best Animated Film. Really?
  • I’ve only seen one of the Best Documentary nominees, so I have some catching up to do
The 90th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 4, 2018
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).