Does it feel like morning in America? Somebody in Congress figured out how to unplug the government and then plug it back in again, and for the most part this year’s Oscar nominees are… good? They’re good! They actually include people of color and women and also fish-monsters that you can have sex with (I’m 70 percent sure this is the plot of The Shape of Water, will report back). The full list of nominees is here; read on for the highs, lows, and surprises.
The Shape of Water leads the pack with an almost, but not quite, record-tying 13 nominations
Finally, a title La La Land can actually hold onto for more than two seconds. Last year’s best-picture-that-wasn’t is still tied with All About Eve and Titanic for most nominations for a single film: 14.
Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman in history to be nominated for best director
Only one woman has ever won for best director: Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker, in 2010. The other three female nominees came in 1977 (Lina Wertmuller), 1994 (Jane Campion), and 2004 (Sofia Coppola).
Also making history is Rachel Morrison, Mudbound‘s director of photography, who is the first woman to ever receive an Oscar nomination for best cinematography.
Peaches beat grapefruits
Call Me By Your Name is up for four Oscars: best adapted screenplay (James Ivory), best picture, and a best actor nod for Timothée Chalamet, LaGuardia High’s hottest rapping alum this side of Ansel Elgort. Alas, though Girls Trip‘s breakout star Tiffany Haddish charmed the daylights out of everyone watching the nominations announcement Tuesday morning — can you win an Oscar for best pronunciation of “Missouri”? — her performance went unrecognized by the Academy. Does this qualify as a snub? Judge for yourself:
Jordan Peele, first-time director, earned three nominations
For his debut Get Out, Peele is up for best original screenplay, best director, and — as a producer — best picture. He’s only the third person in Academy history to garner all three nominations at once for his first feature as a director. (And Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out‘s star, is up for best actor.) If Peele’s Twitter account is any indication, his hat trick left him speechless:
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
Mary J. Blige is a double threat
For Mudbound, Blige is up for best supporting actress and best original song (with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, for “Mighty River”).
Would you look at this list of best original screenplay nominees?
Jordan Peele (Get Out), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water), and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
This will shock you, but Meryl Streep is nominated for best actress
Streep is the most-nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards. This year’s nomination, for her portrayal of Katharine Graham in The Post, is her 21st. And the New York Times is just thrilled about this whole thing, not bitter at all, whatever it takes to speak truth to power in this authoritarian-adjacent era.
Wonder Woman might change her mind about mankind being worth saving now that she didn’t get any Oscar nominations
A bit of a shock and almost certainly a snub: Zero nominations for one of the biggest movies of the year, a record-shattering box office smash directed by Patti Jenkins.
James Franco is going to have to be happy with that Golden Globe
James Franco wasn’t even done scooping up a Golden Globe for his starring role in The Disaster Artist (which he also directed) when women started tweeting allegations about his sexually inappropriate conduct. Days later — and only days before Oscar voting closed — the Los Angeles Times ran an investigation into Franco’s “sexually exploitative” behavior.
Though he kept a couple of scheduled appearances on late night talk shows (where he awkwardly tried to diffuse a situation that, it seems, was not so diffusible) Franco ultimately decided to skip the Critics Choice Awards, where he won best actor in a comedy.
One way of looking at this is that Academy voters, in this #MeToo moment, were loathe to give best actor to alleged sexual harasser Casey Affleck and Franco in back-to-back years. But that may be too moral a spin: The Oscars, as a general rule, rarely share their hardware with comedies.
As far as anyone knows, Casey Affleck is still going to present best actress
Per tradition, the previous year’s winner for best actor hands out the best actress trophy and vice versa. Affleck’s win for Manchester by the Sea was dogged, but not derailed, by allegations that he sexually harassed women on his film sets.
Fun fact: You know who was allowed to vote on the Oscar nominees? Bill Cosby!
He’s still in the Academy, along with convicted rapist Roman Polanski.
Kobe Bryant is nominated for an Oscar this year
Bryant is nominated alongside Glenn Keane for best animated short, Dear Basketball. For some Kobe trivia to make you extra-popular at your Oscar viewing party in March, here’s a breakdown of the legacy of his rape case — which hasn’t resulted in much scrutiny on him, even in our current #MeToo and #TimesUp moment.