Oscar Awards: African-American Filmmaker, Jordan Peele, Bags Three Nominations

Greta Gerwig Meryl Streep Mary J. Blige

Greta Gerwig Meryl Streep Mary J. Blige

According to the Hollywood Reporter the 2018 Academy Awards nominations, for director especially, are much more diverse than recent years. Yes, there were a number of surprise entries.

Not so surprisingly snubbed by the Academy was James Franco, whose meta-comedy about one of the worst films in Hollywood history, "The Disaster Artist", was an early favorite in almost every eligible category.

Director Christopher Nolan finally earned his first nomination in the Best Director category for his work on "Dunkirk".

Laurie Metcalf spoke to Good Morning America immediately after her first-ever Oscar nomination for best supporting actress, for in Lady Bird.

Daniel Day Lewis' alleged final performance in "Phantom Thread" has finally helped the film join the awards race after being seemingly forgotten. Now, at the age of 88, Plummer has been nominated again for his role in All the Money in the World.

Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis has won the best actor award three times already - but he announced past year that he is retiring, so this might be our last chance to see the Jewish actor grace us with his presence at an awards night.

Greta Gerwig, recognised for "Lady Bird", is only the fifth female best director nominee, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow won for "The Hurt Locker" in 2010. Hugh Jackman's work in Logan was a lot better, but it's a super hero movie and the snobby Oscar voters can't make themselves go there. Another debut director on the list is Jordan Peele 20/1 for Get Out while Paul Thomas Anderson, who's been nominated before, brings up the rear at 33/1.

The film follows Kaluuya's character as the African-American man takes a trip with his white girlfriend, played by Allison Williams, to meet her parents. This year is quite different from the other years for Oscar ceremony and Hollywood.

While The Disaster Artist was previously expected to perform well at the awards, sexual harassment allegations against director James Franco appear to have led to his being locked out of nominations.

Actresses turned out dressed in black en masse for the Golden Globes this month to signal support for victims of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry and beyond. It's possible the allegations may have alienated the actors' branch, the ones who make the nominations.

Denzel Washington, perhaps a surprise best actor nominee for crime thriller "Roman J. Israel, Esq.", also beat his own record for the most-nominated black actor in Oscar history. While superhero movies are never a lock for Oscar nods, quite a few viewers were disappointed by the complete lack of attention, even in the technical categories.

Gal Gadot was praised for her portrayal of Diana Prince in Wonder Woman.

Since 1990, only the 2003 fantasy epic Lord of the Rings; The Return of the Kings snapped that trend to win the top Oscar honour.

For example, "Lady Bird" and "Get Out", written and directed by Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele respectfully, have been nominated for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Actress/Actor. Two-time-winning Spielberg also suffered the same fate with his earlier outings, War Horse and Bridge of Spies.

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