Artistry’s Guide to the 2018 Oscar Nominations

Artistry’s Guide to the 2018 Oscar Nominations

Written by Gianna Barberia, Managing Editor

The Oscars are the Super Bowl for film fanatics. Although Oscars predictions are often futile — who won last year? “Moonlight”? “La La Land”? — filmophiles and casual theatergoers alike anxiously await each year’s awards to see who will bring home the iconic golden trophy. Artistry Magazine weighed in and determined which movies, actors, and actresses need to be on your radar.

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“The Shape of Water”

This movie is much more than the one where the girl hooks up with that fish. Receiving a whopping 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, “The Shape of Water” follows a mute custodian who develops feelings for a human-amphibian hybrid at a government lab. Both the film as a whole and its director, Guillermo de Toro, are considered shoe-ins in their respective categories.

 

Daniel Kaluuya

Although many “Get Out” fans believed that Daniel Kaluuya, the star of the film, was snubbed at the Golden Globes after “The Disaster Artist” star James Franco won Best Actor, Kaluuya still has another chance for recognition and glory at the Oscars. However, his biggest competition this time is “Darkest Hour” actor Gary Oldman, who won at both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the British Academy Film Awards. Even if Kaluuya can’t get out of the Oscars with a win, “Get Out” is still nominated for three other awards including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

 

Meryl Streep

Is it even the Oscars is Meryl Streep isn’t there? Streep is nominated for Best Actress for “The Post,” and this is her 21st Oscar nomination overall — it should come at no surprise that Streep currently holds the record for most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Out of these 21 nominations, she has only taken home the gold three times, and many fans are hoping that this year will be the fourth. However, many film critics are predicting that Francis McDormand will win for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

 

“The Breadwinner”

Although Pixar’s “Coco” is the clear frontrunner in the Best Animated Feature category, “The Breadwinner” has received critical acclaim and its timely plot cannot be overlooked. Set in Afghanistan, the film follows a girl who dresses up as a boy to support her family after her father is unjustly arrested. “Coco” was much more popular and took home all of the large, pre-Oscars awards, but “The Breadwinner”’s overlying themes of feminism are surely fitting given Hollywood’s current social landscape.

 

“Faces Places”

The Best Documentary-nominated films are often overshadowed, but do not overlook them. This year’s projected winner is “Faces Places” directed by French filmmakers Agnès Varda and JR. The documentary follows Varda and JR as they create large portraits of individuals in small villages and towns in rural France, and it has received widespread critical acclaim.

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