The Year Of The Women – all you need to know about the 2018 Oscar nominations

One does wonder whether we can be happy that we finally get to celebrate these historic firsts (and some well-deserved rarities) or grieve that it took us so long to see this day. In either case, Oscar Nominations 2018 has been a welcome change albeit a very small one at that – women have finally found their way to the nominations across categories. Here’s wishing that they carry on inspiring young girls who hope to someday become a filmmaker, young boys too, that this is the future we are walking into. Congratulations ladies, you make us immensely proud.

The first woman nominated for Best Cinematography

Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for Best Cinematography, after 90 years of all-male nominees. Earlier this year, Morrison already became the first woman to win the New York Film Critics Circle’s cinematography award, and she is also the first woman to shoot a major superhero movie with her next film, Marvel’s Black Panther, out next month.

The first black woman nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay

Dee Rees, the director, and writer of Mudbound, is the first black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, having adapted Mudbound from Hillary Jordan’s novel of the same name. Rees joins Suzanne de Passe, one of the screenwriters behind 1972’s Lady Sings the Blues, as only the second black woman to be nominated for screenwriting. She is also the first queer black woman to be nominated for a writing award.

It is a shame though, that “Mudbound” was not nominated for either Best Director or Best Picture.

The first person nominated for an acting performance and an original song on the same film

Double Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige was recognized twice for her contributions to Mudbound, nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song.

This year too, there are no women in the Original Score category. Three women have won in the scoring categories in all these years. Rachel Portman, who won for Emma, and Anne Dudley, who won for The Full Monty; the third, is Marilyn Bergman, who won for Yentl. In total, only five women have been nominated in Music Score categories: Rachel Portman, Anne Dudley, Marilyn Bergman, Angela Morley and Mica Levi.

A woman nominated for Best Director for the 5th time in 90 years

Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman to be nominated for a directing Oscar for ‘Lady Bird,’ following in the footsteps of 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). Lady Bird is the 13th film directed by a woman to be nominated for Best Picture, and the fourth movie written and directed by women to receive nominations both for best picture and writing.

Along with Greta, a special mention to Emily V. Gordon for her nomination in the Original Screenplay category for “The big sick,” and Vanessa Taylor for “The Shape of Water.”


Octavia Spencer forged a breakthrough for black actresses upon receiving her third Oscar nomination.

With the nomination for “The Shape of Water,” Octavia Spencer became the only black actress to follow up an Oscar victory with two nominations, having previously won for the 2011 hit “The Help”. She extends the record after last year becoming the first black woman to receive a post-win nomination — that one for her role in “Hidden Figures.”

Additionally, Spencer is now the first black actress to receive two consecutive nods from the Academy in back-to-back years. With three nominations to her name, the 47-year-old also ties last year’s supporting actress champion, Fences star Viola Davis, as the most nominated black actress in the Academy Awards’ 90-year history.

Agnès Varda has become the oldest Academy Award nominee in Hollywood history

The 89-year-old French director earned a place on the Oscars Documentary Feature line-up for her film Visages Villages (“Faces Places”).

Double nomination on Production design and Costume

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer secure double nominations for their work in “Beauty and the beast,” and “Darkest Hour.” Jacqueline Durran also has been nominated for “Beauty and the Beast” and “Darkest Hour.”

Sound mixing

Mary H. Ellis for “Baby Driver” is the sixth woman nominated for sound mixing. Some of her earlier films include “Prisoners,” “The reluctant fundamentalist,” and “October Sky.”


Tatiana S. Riegel on her first Oscar nomination for editing “I, Tonya.” Here’s a wonderful little interview of Tatiana where she deliberates on her experience of editing this film and the challenger of working on the famous triple Axel scene.

Animated Feature

This year’s nomination for the animated feature has 4 female co-directors. Nora Twomey, Darla K. Anderson Ann Naito and Dorota Kobiela, for “The Breadwinner,” “Coco,” “The boss baby,” and “Loving Vincent” respectively.

Here is the full list of THE 2018 Oscar nominations with women nominees highlighted in various categories. What is your favourite, and who are you rooting for? Let us know on our social media.

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson

“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha

“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant

“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh


“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan

“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel

“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon

“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk

“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.

“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Film Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

“Dunkirk,” Lee Smith

“I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel

“The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

“Baby Driver,” Julian Slater

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green

“Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King

“The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

“Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

“Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

“Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo

“The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

Original Score:

“Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer

“Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood

“The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

“Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick

“Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

“Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

“Beauty and the Beast,” Jacqueline Durran

“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran

“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges

“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira

“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

“Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

“Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi,”  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

“War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist