The Facts behind the 90th Academy Award Nominations

The year’s most nominated film, The Shape of Water, is the tenth film in Oscar history to earn thirteen nominations. The current record of fourteen nominations is held by three films, All about Eve (1950), Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016).

Jordan Peele (Get Out) is the third person to receive Best Picture, Directing and Writing nominations for his first feature film as a director. Warren Beatty did so with Heaven Can Wait (1978), followed by James L. Brooks with Terms of Endearment (1983). (Beatty shared the Directing and Writing nominations with Buck Henry.)

Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) is the fifth woman nominated for Directing. The other nominated directors are Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties (1976), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003), and Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker (2009).

Steven Spielberg (The Post) extends his record total of Best Picture nominations for an individual producer with 10. He has also directed 11 Best Picture-nominated films, the most of any living person, and second only to William Wyler’s total of 13.

Rachel Morrison, nominated for Mudbound, is the first woman to receive a nomination for Cinematography. Roger A. Deakins (Blade Runner 2049) has the most nominations for Cinematography of any living person. Charles B. Lang, Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

In the acting categories, eight individuals are first-time nominees (Timothée Chalamet, Daniel Kaluuya, Sam Rockwell, Margot Robbie, Mary J. Blige, Allison Janney, Lesley Manville and Laurie Metcalf). Six of the nominees are previous acting winners (Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Christopher Plummer, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer).

Three of this year’s acting nominees were also nominated last year: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer.

Meryl Streep (The Post) increases her lead as the most nominated performer with her 21st nomination.

At 88 years old, Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) becomes the oldest acting nominee to date. He remains the oldest acting winner, having won for his supporting role in Beginners (2011) at the age of 82.

Lady Bird is the 13th film directed by a woman to be nominated for Best Picture. It is the fourth film written and directed solely by women to receive nominations for Best Picture and Writing. The earlier films were The Piano (1993), Lost in Translation (2003) and Winter’s Bone (2010).

John Williams (Star Wars) adds to his record number of music scoring nominations with his 46th. His overall total of 51 nominations (including five for Original Song) is the most for any living person, and second only to Walt Disney at 59.

Mary H. Ellis, nominated for Baby Driver, is the sixth woman to be nominated for Sound Mixing. The others are Deb Adair (one nomination), Anna Behlmer (10 nominations), Pud Cusack (one nomination), Lora Hirschberg (two nominations, including one award) and Ai-Ling Lee (one nomination in the category).

Best Picture Release Dates in the US:

  • Get Out – February 23, 2017
  • Dunkirk – July 20, 2017
  • Lady Bird – November 2, 2017
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri – November 9, 2017
  • Darkest Hour – November 21, 2017
  • Call Me by Your Name – November 23, 2017
  • The Shape of Water – December 7, 2017
  • The Post – December 22, 2017
  • Phantom Thread – December 24, 2017