Alumni from two local universities nominated for Oscars

Posted January 24, 2018

But the contentious revenge drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also emerged as a very strong contender, receiving nine Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.

Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed best picture nominee "Lady Bird", a story about a teenage girl brimming with self assurance, got rare female directing and screenplay Oscar nominations.

Perhaps most unexpected was the broad success of Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, which scored not only nods for Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville, for best supporting actress, but also nominations for best picture, Anderson's direction, costume design and Johnny Greenwood's score.

Nearly a century after the Academy Awards began, Rachel Morrison made Hollywood history yesterday in becoming the first woman to be nominated as best cinematographer for the Mississippi-set drama, Mudbound. The acting categories are-phew!-not all-white, with Octavia Spencer ("The Shape of Water") and Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound") in Best Supporting Actress and Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and Denzel Washington ("Roman J. Israel, Esq.") in Best Actor. His latest film, already the victor of three big awards, has swept the Academy Awards nominations with a total of 13. "In a world that seems to be yearning for true statesmanship, to see Churchill's words and legacy resonate so strongly, not only with audiences worldwide, but now with our peers leaves us with full hearts today". The horror movie was his directorial debut and it also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay. This is Washington's sixth lead actor nomination (he's won twice).

That genre isn't typically known for scooping up Hollywood awards, which makes Peele's hilarious reaction all the more memorable and satisfying.

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The department has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking nominations for three open positions on the 12-member board. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended all outside committees in May of previous year to review their "charter and charge".

Though he won't be playing Wolverine again after the release of his Logan swan song, Logan star Hugh Jackman takes time to congratulate director James Mangold for the film's Oscar nod. He's also the first black filmmaker ever nominated for directing, writing and producing in the same year.

Several other films nominated in various categories featured actors familiar to Potter fans.

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 8pm EST hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast in the US on ABC. It's a moving, lovingly made film filled with great performances that easily should have locked down nominations for Best Picture and Best Director (for Dee Rees). The debutante director has been nominated for "Lady Bird". Movie attendance hit a 24-year low in 2017 despite the firepower of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Beauty and the Beast" and "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2".

This year's Oscar nominations, announced overnight, were a charged affair.

Andrew Rosen, a Toronto-based producer on the film, says he's hopeful the Oscar nomination will expose his film to new audiences. "The Shape of Water" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" - incidentally, both from Fox Searchlight - are the only movies that look like previous winners so far. The fact that it connected with audiences is exhilerating, and this nomination proves that our love is real.

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