Following the announcement of the nominees for 2018’s BAFTA film awards two weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced their nominees for the 90th Academy Awards on Tuesday (23/01/2018), with Guillermo Del Toro’s romantic fantasy The Shape Of Water leading the field with 13 nominations. Elsewhere, Christopher Nolan’s World War II drama Dunkirk was awarded with 8 nominations, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received 7.

In one of the more open races at the Oscars in recent years, a total of 9 films made the cut for the Best Picture award, with no clear favourite to be picked among them. Similarly, the Best Director award looks to be an incredibly tight affair, with Greta Gerwig’s nomination the most notable for being only the fifth woman ever to be nominated in the category. This will come as a welcome addition for many who criticised female omissions from the director categories at this years Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

With that said, the Best Actor and Best Actress awards look to be already wrapped up, with Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand both strong favourites in their respective categories. Oldman, who plays wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, faces competition from 3-time Best Actor winner Sir Daniel Day-Lewis who has been nominated again for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Other contenders include Timothee Chalamet for romantic drama Call Me By Your Name, Daniel Kaluuya for American horror film Get Out, and Denzel Washington for legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq. McDormand meanwhile is drawn against Meryl Streep (nominated for a record 21st time) who starred in Steven Spielberg’s political thriller The Post, Saoirse Ronan for comedy-drama Lady Bird, Margot Robbie for biographical feature I, Tonya, and Sally Hawkins for her role in The Shape Of Water.

The biggest snub this year is arguably the omission of Martin McDonagh in the Best Director category for his work on front-runner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, a category he has already picked up nominations for at the Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Only 4 films have won the Best Picture category without their directors being nominated, with the most recent being 2012’s Argo.

With the nominations now known, the writers at Bloggers Gamut have been wracking their brains to decide both who the outstanding candidates are in the main categories, and who we’d actually like to see win them. So, without further ado, here’s our picks from the Oscar nominees.

 

BEST PICTURE

Mike Nelson – The Post

Jack Press – Get Out

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Andy Smith – Get Out

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Mike Nelson – Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water

Jack Press – Jordan Peele for Get Out

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water

Andy Smith – Jordan Peele for Get Out

 

BEST ACTOR

Mike Nelson – Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

Jack Press – Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

Andy Smith – Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

 

BEST ACTRESS

Mike Nelson – Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jack Press – Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Andy Smith – Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mike Nelson – Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jack Press – Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Andy Smith – Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Mike Nelson – Allison Janney in I, Tonya

Jack Press – Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

Joe Berrisford-Thomas – Allison Janney in I, Tonya

Andy Smith – Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread

 

For a full list of nominations in all categories, visit https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2018.

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