Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on March 4. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep, The Post

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Filme

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Cinematography

  • Roger A. Deakins, Blade Funner 2019
  • Bruno Delbonnel, The Darkest Hour
  • Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
  • Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
  • Don Laustsen, The Shape of Water

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
  • Jacqueline Durran, The Darkest Hour
  • Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
  • Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water
  • Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul

Directing

  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Film Editing

  • Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
  • Lee Smith, Dunkirk
  • Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya
  • Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water
  • Jon Gregory, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music (Original Score)

  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
  • Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • Alexandre Desplay, The Shape of Water
  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Carter Burwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music (Original Song)

  • “Mighty River,” Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson, from Mudbound
  • “Mystery of Love,” Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens, from Call Me by Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Coco
  • “Stand Up for Something,” Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Dianne Warren, from Marshall
  • “This Is Me,” Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, from The Greatest Showman

Production Design

  • Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer, Beauty and the Beast
  • Production Design: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola, Blade Runner 2049
  • Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer, Darkest Hour
  • Production Design: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis Dunkirk
  • Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Sound Editing

  • Julian Slater, Baby Driver
  • Mark Mangini and Theo Green, Blade Runner 2049
  • Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk
  • Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira, The Shape of Water
  • Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

  • Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis, Baby Driver
  • Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, and Mac Ruth, Blade Runner 2049
  • Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo, Dunkirk
  • Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier, The Shape of Water
  • David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

  • John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049
  • Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Joanathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, and Mike Meinardus, Kong: Skull Island
  • Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist, War for the Planet of the Apes

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Call My by Your Name, screenplay by James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist, screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • Logan, screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green, story by James Mangold
  • Molly’s Game, written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
  • Mudbound, screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Big Sick, written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird, written by Greta Gerwig
  • The Shape of Water, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, story by Guillermo del Toro
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, written by Martin McDonagh

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Razzie Nominations Announced

The 38th annual Razzie Award nominations have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. The nominations are announced the day before the Oscar nominations are announced and the awards are presented the night before the Oscars are presented. Below is a complete listing of nominees.

Worst Picture

  • Baywatch
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actor

  • Tom Cruise in The Mummy
  • Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Zac Efron in Baywatch
  • Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actress

  • Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable
  • Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Jennifer Lawrence in mother!
  • Tyler Perry in Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
  • Emma Watson in The Circle

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Javier Bardem in mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Russell Crowe in The Mummy
  • Josh Duhamel in Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Mel Gibson in Daddy’s Home 2
  • Anthony Hopkins in Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Sofia Boutella in The Mummy
  • Laura Haddock in Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Goldie Hawn in Snatched
  • Susan Sarandon in A Bad Moms Christmas

Worst Screen Combo

  • Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosionsin Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Any Two Obnoxious Emojis in The Emoji Movie
  • Johnny Depp and His Worn Out Drunk Routine in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig in Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween

Worst Director

  • Darren Aronofsky for mother!
  • Michael Bay for Transformers: The Last Knight
  • James Foley for Fifty Shades Darker
  • Alex Kurtzman for The Mummy
  • Anthony (Tony) Leonidis for The Emoji Movie

Worst Screenplay

  • Damian Shannon & Mark Swift for Baywatch
  • Tony Leonidis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White for The Emoji Movie
  • Niall Leonard for Fifty Shades Darker
  • David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman for The Mummy
  • Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan for Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

  • Baywatch
  • Boo2!: A Madea Halloween
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

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Obituary: Bradford Dillman

Actor Bradford Dillman (b.1930) died on January 16. Dillman appeared in episodes of The Wild Wild West, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Night Gallery. His film work included Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Piranha, and The Swarm

Obituary: Bella Emberg

British actress Bella Emberg (b.Sybil Dyke, 1937) died on January 12. Emberg appeared in the Doctor Who serials “The Time Warrior” and “Doctor Who and the Silurians” with Jon Pertwee and the episode “Love & Monsters” with David Tennant. She also appeared in episodes of Doomwatch and The Tomorrow People. Emberg also appeared on The Benyn Hill Show and in the French Revolution sequence in History of the World, Part I.

Critics Choice Award

The Critics’ Choice Award winners were announced on January 11 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. In addition to the categories listed below, Gal Gadot received a previously announced #SeeHer Award presented by the Association of National Advertisers. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below

Film

  • Best Picture: The Shape of Water
  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Cinematrography: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
  • Best Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin for The Shape of Water
  • Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Best Animated Feature: Coco
  • Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
  • Best Song: “Remember Me” from Coco
  • Best Score: Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water

Television

  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Ted Danson in The Good Place
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory
  • Best Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: David Harbour in Stranger Things
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd in The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Animated Series:Rick and Morty

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Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globe Awards were presented on January 7 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes honor both film and television. This year’s winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Alexander Desplat for The Shape of Water
  • Best Animated Film: Coco
  • Best TV Series – Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Performance by an Actress is a TV Series – Drama: Elisabeth Moss for June Osborne in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Obituary: Jerry van Dyke

Actor Jerry van Dyke (b.1931) died on January 5. Van Dyke starred in the sitcom My Mother the Car and later appeared on Teen Angel. He was also Dick van Dyke’s younger brother and made appearances on his brother’s show. He may be best known for his non-genre role on Coach.

Obituary: Darlanne Fluegel

Actress Darlanne Fleugel (b.1953) died on December 15. Fluegel appeared in Battle Beyond the Stars, Pet Sematary II, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, and an episode of The Twilight Zone. Her mainstream films included To Live and Die in L.A. and Running Scared.

Obituary: Frank Buxton

Director and actor Frank Buxton (b.1930) died on January 2. Buxton did quite a bit of voicework for animation, including creating the character Batfink. He wrote several episodes of The Odd Couple and Happy Days and directed both of those shows as well as episodes of Mork and Mindy.

Obituary: Jon Paul Steuer

Actor Jon Paul Steuer (b.1984) died on January 2. Steuer began acting when he was 4, appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Alexander Rozhenko. He retired from acting when he was 12 after starring in Grace Under Fire and as an adult performed with bands Soda Pop Kids and P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. using the name Jonny P. Jewels.