By Jordan Peterson @movieminsreviews
The 90th annual Academy Award nominations were announced this morning (see the complete list here) and, as always, heavy slews of criticism and praise were not far behind. Whether you’re enthralled or enraged by this year’s nods, there are plenty of crazy facts to walk away with. This includes a lot of first’s and record-breakers.
The Shape of Water
- The Shape of Water leads the 2018 Oscar race with 13 nominations. Only three other films in the Academy’s 90-year history have garnered more (All About Eve, Titanic & La La Land).
- Logan is the first film based on comic book source material to be nominated for a major writing award in Best Adapted Screenplay (something not even The Dark Knight accomplished).
Jordan Peele, Get Out
- Peele is only the 5th African American nominated for Best Director, behind John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Lee Daniels (Precious), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) & Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
- He’s only the 4th African American nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
- He’s only the 2nd African American nominated for both simultaneously, behind John Singleton.
- No African American has won either award.
- Get Out is the 10th Best Picture nominee directed by an African American.
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
- She’s only the 5th woman to be nominated for Best Director, behind Lina Wertmuller (Seven Beauties), Jane Campion (The Piano), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) & Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).
- Gerwig is the first woman nominated to receive a Best Director nod for her debut film.
Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
- Deakins has lit and framed over a dozen of the most beautiful films ever put to screen, including: Sicario, Skyfall, 2010’s True Grit remake, No Country for Old Men, A Beautiful Mind, Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption and many more.
- Including 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, he’s been nominated for the Best Cinematography a staggering 14 times yet never won.
Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
- As of today, Morrison is the first-ever woman nominated for Best Cinematography.
Meryl Streep, The Post
- The Post marks Streep’s 17th Best Lead Actress Oscar nomination.
- She’s been nominated an additional four times in the Best Supporting Actress category.
- In all, Streep boasts 21 Academy Award nods, the most of any performer in history.
John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Williams’s 46th Best Score nomination.
- In total, Williams has earned 51 Oscar nominations— the most of any living person.
Kobe Bryant, Dear Basketball
- Former Laker Kobe Bryant was nominated for his first Academy Award with last year’s short film Dear Basketball.
- Legendary composer John Williams composed the score for the film.