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On March 4, the 90th Academy Awards will commence, celebrating the year’s best films, actors and actresses and people in production. The list of all Oscar nominees has been released, showcasing both foreseeable nominees as well as its fair share of surprises and snubs. As per usual, certain categories have clear front runners to win, while other categories have numerous contenders. Another Oscar highlight is the movies that got nominated a significant number of times, a testament to the movie’s excellence.

The Oscar nominations were headlined by certain movies being nominated for a seemingly myriad number of categories. The Shape of Water, a fantasy drama about a mute janitor falling in love with an imprisoned alien creature, led the way with thirteen nominations, including best picture and best director Guillermo del Toro. Dunkirk, a historical film based on the British forces trapped on French beaches during World War II, took second place on the leaderboard with eight nominations. Comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also achieved a notable seven nominations.

“I thought Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for [Dunkirk] was really effective,” junior Theo Lampel said. “It did a really good job increasing the tense atmosphere that [director Christopher Nolan] created, and it was a really enjoyable movie.”

The award for best picture, the last award to be presented and perhaps the most anticipated, featured movies from numerous different categories. Historical movies Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, and The Post, all received a nomination. Coming-of-age stories Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird were also nominated for the award. Horror movie Get Out, which received a score of 99 percent on Rotten Tomato, was also a nominee. The list was rounded out by drama Phantom Thread, and the aforementioned Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water.

“I thought [Get Out] was a great movie,” junior Max Tankersley said. “It had a lot of good rewatch value and made some good political points.”

The nomination lists for best actor and best actress featured a mix of both accomplished and break-out stars. Meryl Streep received her second consecutive nomination for best actress for her role as Washington Post CEO Katherine Graham in The Post, her previous nomination being for the film Florence Foster Jenkins. Other decorated nominees for best actor or actress include Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq., Margot Robbie in I, Tonya, Gary Oldman for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Previously unknown actors who jump-started their acting careers with nominations include Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird, Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out and Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name. All three break-out actors are under the age of 30.

Other notable nominees include Greta Gerwig, who was nominated for best director for Lady Bird. In doing this, she became the first woman director to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. Another notable nominee was Logan, which got nominated for best adapted screenplay. Logan became just the third superhero movie nominated for an Oscar that didn’t involve cinematography or visual effects.

While all Academy Awards feature many well-deserving nominees, there are always a few movies or people involved in production that were deserving of nomination but did not get recognized. A notable snub was I, Tonya, which despite being critically acclaimed, did not receive a nomination for best picture. And despite its 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomato, The Lego Batman Movie was not nominated for best animated feature. It’s Rotten Tomato score was superior to all the other nominees in the category except Coco, the frontrunner for the award, which received a 97 percent.

“It’s pathetic that [The Lego Batman Movie] didn’t get nominated,” junior Anthony Draghi said. “That’s all I have to say about it. It’s absolutely pathetic.”

The 90th Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, and the significance of it being the 90th will be recognized in some form. Now, the nominations are out, some predictions are registered, and snubs have been recognized. All there is to do now is sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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