Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

Big Surprises From This Year's Oscar Nominations

While this year's list of nominations is still predominantly white, a handful of major nominations has made it clear that the slow progress in improving inclusivity - ever since the infamous #OscarsSoWhite backlash - is only just gaining momentum.

The full list of Oscar nominees is available here. However, he's since been embroiled in allegations of harrassment and innapropriate behaviour, and has now failed to score a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

Dee Rees became the first black woman nominated in the Adapted Screenplay category for Mudbound and only the second to be nominated in a screenwriting category at all.

McDormand - who won a best-actress Oscar for "Fargo" - and Oldman have already won Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and SAG Awards for their lead performances.

Just two years after the #Oscarssowhite controversy, a host of non-white faces are included in the acting categories, with best actor nods for Briton Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington and best supporting actress nominations for Octavia Spencer and Mary J Blige. He becomes the fifth black filmmaker nominated for best director, and third to helm a best picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins past year for Moonlight. Prior to today's Oscar nominations the movie had been named one of the American Film Institute's (AFI) top ten films of 2017.

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But it was one better than the number of nominations granted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, where it raked in 12, including best film and best director. The field for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, however, are both entirely white. The film received a third nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Summit native Meryl Streep continues to break her own record - this is her 21 nomination - and she's in good company here.

History was also written in cinematography, with Mudbound's Rachel Morrison becoming the first woman ever to be nominated in her category. Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Christopher Plummer (All The Money In The World) and Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) are the other nominees.

For his debut Get Out, Peele is up for best original screenplay, best director, and - as a producer - best picture.

This year's Academy Awards ceremony, the 90th year that the awards have been presented, will be broadcast on ABC on March 4.

The drama, which stars Sally Hawkins as a cleaner who falls in love with a sea creature, garnered a total of 13 nominations, including in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress categories.