Discussion: Oscar Nominations

The 90th Academy Awards are almost upon us and this morning the Academy revealed their nominees. Together, Andres and Arianne have opinions and hope about these nominations and who they think will win and who they think should win. Here is their discussion.

Best Cinematography

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

Andres: Let’s start with cinematography, just because. I still haven’t gotten around to seeing Darkest Hour yet, but I plan on doing so before the actual ceremony. That being said, currently, I find this category tough to call. I think all the work that was done by these cinematographers definitely deserve their nominations. I hope that Rachel Morrison (who sadly is the first female to get a nomination in this category) wins, but also it’s hard to root for Deakins who’s now been nominated 14 times.

Arianne: Like Andres, Darkest Hour is the only movie I have yet to see in this category. My hope is that Rachel Morrison wins for Mudbound because that would be a historic moment, after all, she is the first woman to ever be nominated in this category. It is hard to call this category because all these movies are beautiful. I do believe it will go to either Deakins for Blade Runner 2049 or Laustsen for The Shape of Water but it could go to anyone at this point.

Andres: The “problem” is I really believe they all deserve it in their own way. I don’t know who to root for – which is an ongoing “problem” I have. Next up, writing.

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

Andres: Fuck. Okay, where do I start? The Big Sick is one of the best Romantic Comedies of all time, the way the married couple wrote about themselves, it was no doubt it would be nominated for this category. I don’t want to gush too much about these films too early, but I have a lot of positive things to say about all of them, but sort of burnt out from the past Three Billboards win, and am looking forward to other things.

Arianne: I feel exactly the same about The Big Sick but my heart goes for Lady Bird because I connected to this movie so much. I think that Three Billboards is very much a shoe-in with all the past wins but I think that the Academy could surprise us, or maybe I hope because as much as I loved Three Billboards I do think that a script like The Big Sick and Lady Bird both written by first time screenwriters would be something amazing.

Andres: Even though I think we’re both doing separate viewing parties (…I think? we should discuss this more), we need to make a betting system for an Oscar pool. I expect The Big Sick just because I expect Greta to win other things. Adapting time!

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

Andres: Unsure if I’m alone on this, but I’m keeping this real simple. Call Me By Your Name, Call Me By Your Name, Call Me By Your Name (must be read as “Elio, Elio, Elio”). As much as I’ve been fans of Neustadter and Weber, I think this belongs to James Ivory’s incredible take on a beautiful love story.

Arianne: As much as I would love to Call Me By Your Name to win, I think that the Academy loves Sorkin a lot. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we get an upset in this category with Molly’s Game winning over Call Me By Your Name. I don’t think this will go to The Disaster Artist with all the controversy over Franco and while I admire the Academy for nominating Logan (the first ever comic book movie to be nominated in this category) I think the real game will be between Call Me By Your Name and Molly’s Game.

Original Song

  • “Mighty River” — Mudbound, Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
  • “Mystery of Love” — Call Me By Your Name, Sufjan Stevens
  • “Remember Me” — Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
  • “Stand Up for Something” — Marshall, Diane Warren, Lonnie R. Lynn
  • “This is Me” — The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Andres: I’m sticking to my guns for this, while I wouldn’t be surprised at the idea of Coco or Greatest Showman (even though I haven’t seen either, yet) winning, but I’m rooting for Sufjan Stevens. A song that on my second viewing of the film had stopped my heart as it began to play. It perfectly captures the emotion and mood of the film.

Arianne: Having just seen The Greatest Showman and I have been listening to that soundtrack over and over again I do hope that they win. And after how much they loved La La Land last year I wouldn’t be surprised if Paul and Pasek win again. But Coco‘s Remember Me did make me cry on the second viewing and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Academy gives it to them.  I think that it will really be between these two songs and either could win.

Andres: It’s entirely between those two. Acting time.

Best Supporting Actress

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

Andres: As if all the previous awards shows didn’t already show it, but we both know the battle is between Janney and Metcalf. I have yet to see I, Tonya (I know, I know, I’m trying), but my heart needs to side with Metcalf as her realistic performance of a mother is one of the biggest reasons the film works.

Arianne: Look, as much as I want Metcalf to win, this is Janney’s category to lose. I, Tonya is one of the most poignant movies of the year and her performance as the abusive mother of one of the best skaters in the world is something that still haunts me. She really loses herself in this role and you can see why she has already won all these awards. Janney is a wonderful actress and it is shocking she has never won an Oscar (or even been nominated) and I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets a win on her very first nomination.

Best Supporting Actor

  • 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

Andres: Here we go, a few thoughts. So far, really? Plummer already with the nomination? I feel like this is all Sam Rockwell, as much as I would love for Richard Jenkins to win for The Shape of Water, this is Rockwell’s. Everyone is loving Three Billboards, and who doesn’t love Sam Rockwell? I mean, c’mon. But finally, no Stulhbarg? I’m saddened at the loss of Mr. Perlman.

Arianne: I can’t believe Plummer got a nomination. I wasn’t expecting him to get one, I do think that is remarkable what was done for the reshoots but a nomination wasn’t something I expected. I do hope that this will go to Rockwell who was more then stellar in Three Billboards and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does win it. But Dafoe was also an early favourite during the Festival circuit. What I think might also happen is the Three Billboards vote being divided by Harrelson and Rockwell being nominated and that might be a shame because both deserve this award.

Andres: I love what Dafoe does in The Florida Project, but I don’t see it happening. Sadly.

Best Actress

  • 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

Andres: How do you decide? I think we both loved The Post, but Meryl Streep is nominated because, well it’s Streep but, everyone else deserves that award, 100%. My heart goes towards Sally Hawkins for winning everyone’s heart even though she barely spoke or Saoirse Ronan who became a Sacramento native who is slowly finding out who she is. Do you think McDormand can win this award as well?

Arianne: Yes I totally agree that Streep is nominated because she is Meryl. This category is the hardest to call honestly. I don’t think Robbie will win as much as I would love for her too. I think that this category goes to either Ronan or McDormand. They have been winning everything in their categories and so I think it could go either way. As much as I love Sally Hawkins, she doesn’t speak almost the entire movie and yet I felt every single emotion, I think that she is the underdog of the three.

Andres: Any of those three, and I’ll be happy, and it’s only three not four, because I haven’t seen I, Tonya yet. And one last acting…

Best Actor

  • 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.

Andres: I wish Chalamet would win. I wish Kaluuya would win. But, this is Oldman’s award. He’s winning it everywhere, this is his. The only person who might take it from him is DDL just because it’s currently supposed to be his retirement.

Arianne: I agree 100% with this. I wish Chalamet or Kaluuya would win. But let’s be real Oldman will win this and I don’t even believe Day-Lewis could win this even if the Academy loves him and if this is supposedly his last role.


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

Andres: Call it a gut feeling, but I truly believe this is Gerwig’s award. I don’t see Lady Bird getting best picture, but Gerwig is winning director. But can we also talk about how amazing these nominations are? I have so much love for all of them, I can’t even be angry on who wins.

Arianne: Oh I want Gerwig to win. I really want her to win this because she deserves it so much. This is her first picture and she delivered one of the best movies of all time. But at the same time, I want Peele and Get Out to win something.  I wouldn’t be surprised also if del Toro finds himself winning this, The Shape of Water has emerged as one of the favourites this season but I also see the movie winning best picture.

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

Andres: Which perfectly leads into the last one we’re talking about for the night, Best Picture. Because you’re right. In my eyes, as much as I want many other films to win, the only one I can see winning ends up being The Shape of Water. The Academy loves Del Toro, but this is the year I think he finally finds out how much they do. Finding beauty in love in places that are not where we expected, it’s a beautiful statement of the world we wished we could live in.

Arianne: Yes, I do hope that The Shape of Water wins. Del Toro has been long waiting to win an Oscar and the fact that he never won for Pan’s Labyrinth still makes me mad. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie wins best picture but I don’t think we can underestimate Three Billboards it has been winning a lot over the last few awards shows.


Arianne: I think the nominations this year are a show of the Academy trying to change. The fact that so many first happened this year is great but that doesn’t mean there’s still a lot that needs to happen. I think it is fair to talk also about the snubbing. The fact that Wonder Woman got no love at all is shocking, Franco not getting nominated for best actor is surprising after his win at the Golden Globes. Haddish not being nominated for the amazing Girls Trip is such a shame.

Andres: I really need to see Girls Trip. I’m happy with a lot of these, but I’m upset at the fact that there is nothing at all from A Ghost Story, Good Time, Lost City of Z and The Beguiled represented here. Outside of A Ghost Story, I was positive that most of the time would at least get one nomination somewhere. Also, Andy Serkis. Give that man an Oscar already. His work in the Apes saga is outstanding.

Anyway, that wraps up our quick reactions to some of the categories. We are looking forward to the ceremony, and you might see us return for a similar article once it’s over. Stay tuned, and tell us how you felt about some of these nominations (or lack of).


3 thoughts on “Discussion: Oscar Nominations

  1. Awesome article. I agree with most of your picks too. I wish Dafoe actually had a shot at Best Supporting because I think his performance was the best of the year (but it is probably too understated and subtle to earn a statuette). And nobody deserves to win Best Cinematography more than Deakins. “Blade Runner 2049” was a beautiful, flawless piece of visual art. — Louisa

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  2. I’d have to give best Cinematography to Blade Runner 2049. Watching that movie in the theater was an experience I wont ever forget. Thanks for doing a run through through all the categories 🙂


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