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The Oscar statues are readied for March 4.

The Oscar statues are readied for March 4.

photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

photo via Wikimedia Commons under creative commons license

The Oscar statues are readied for March 4.

Brooke McCormick, Staff writer

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After the recent airing of the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and the Grammys, it is safe to say that award season is now in full swing. As the Oscars is still a couple months away, airing on March 4, the recent nominations announcement will help to keep some of those feelings of impatience and anticipation for the award show at bay. With that being said, here are the nominees for some of the most popular categories:

For the Oscar for Best Leading Actor, nominations were awarded to Timothée Chalamet for his role in Call Me By Your Name, Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Phantom Thread, Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out, Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour, and Denzel Washington for Roman J. Israel, Esq. Additionally, many impressive actors were nominated in the category of Actor in a Supporting Role. This includes William Dafoe for his work in The Florida Project, Woody Harrelson for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Richard Jenkins for The Shape of Water, Christopher Plummer for his role in All The Money in the World, and Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.

There are also many amazing actresses that are up for Oscars this year. In the category of Best Leading Actress, Sally Hawkins is nominated for her work in The Shape of Water, Frances Mcdormand for Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for her role in Lady Bird, and Meryl Streep for The Post. Additionally, many phenomenal actresses were nominated within the category of Best Supporting Actress. In this category, the women being recognized include Mary J. Blige for her role in Mudbound, Allison Janney for her portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread, Laurie Metcalf for her role in Lady Bird, and Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water.

Although there were many great acting performances this year, these would not be possible without their amazing directors. With that being said, those nominated for Best Director include Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread, and Guillermo Del Toro for The Shape of Water. It would be great for any of these directors to win, but it would be most notable for Gerwig to do so as she would be the second woman to ever win the Oscar in this category.

Lastly, with the contribution of the directors, actors, and everyone behind the scenes, great movies are created. To recognize the great movies created within the past year, The Academy has nominated them for Best Picture. The movies nominated in this year’s Best Picture category are Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

By comparing the list of nominees to those of prior award shows this year, it is clear that this year is no different than past years in the sense that the majority of the categories contain the same nominees. The question that everyone does not know the answer to is if the same winner from prior award shows this year will go home with the Oscar, or if things will be shaken up, and the underdog will win. Tune in to the Oscars on March 4 to find out!

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