Though she wasn’t able to break into the highly competitive directing category, Dee Rees still managed to make history Tuesday.
Rees, who directed Netflix’s “Mudbound,” earned an Oscar nomination for her work adapting the film’s script alongside Virgil Williams. That makes Rees the first black woman to be nominated in for adapted screenplay category.
Suzanne de Passe was the first black woman nominated for an original screenplay Oscar in 1973, for co-writing “Lady Sings the Blues.”
I am absolutely thrilled to have received this nomination by the academy. It was quite unexpected but incredibly gratifying. Everything has happened so quickly of late that I am still a trifled stunned but excited by it all.
Christopher Plummer, supporting actor nominee
“All the Money in the World” star Christopher Plummer, the veteran actor who at the last minute stepped into the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty when Kevin Spacey was dropped from the completed film amid sexual misconduct allegations, is the oldest acting Oscar nominee to date.
The 88-year-old also remains the oldest acting winner, having won an Academy Award in 2011 at the age of 82 for his supporting role in “Beginners.”
See the complete list of 2018 Oscar nominees here.
I think this is a landmark year for the genre that I love.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi romance “The Shape of Water” led Tuesday’s Oscar nominations with 13 nods, including for best picture and best director.
The Mexican filmmaker, who wrote, directed and produced the fantastical drama, was previously nominated for 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” which won three awards.
His latest outing has long been an Oscar contender. Del Toro already scooped up the directing prize at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month and won the Producers Guild of America’s top honor on Saturday. The highly personal monster film was also recognized when the Directors Guild of America announced the DGA Award nominees earlier this month.
[Laughs] It’s great. We were just at the SAGs a couple of nights ago and had a fantastic time with all the gang there. It was great to get all the actors back together. And I just got back to New York and … just thrilled, thrilled. … I was very hopeful that Frances and Sam were going to get a nod, but I’m delighted that Woody’s in there too, so I can’t wait to have fun with them over the next month, but especially on March 4 [the day the winners are announced].
Giving a shout-out from the Sundance Film Festival, Octavia Spencer could barely contain her joy over being nominated Tuesday for a supporting actress Oscar. The role in “The Shape of Water” was one she was meant to play.
“My heart is bursting with pure elation for the cast and crew of ‘The Shape of Water,’” Spencer said in a statement. “Guillermo [del Toro] has given us all a dream job and to be recognized by the Academy is so deeply moving. I am jumping for joy from Park City for all of the nominees this morning! Congratulations everyone.”
The part was crafted by Del Toro with Spencer in mind, the 47-year-old Spencer told The Times in November. He’s nominated in the original screenplay and directing categories, and the movie notched 13 nominations total, including one for best picture.
James Ivory, screenwriter and co-producer of the drama “Call Me by Your Name,” is the oldest male Oscar nominee and Agnès Varda, writer-director of the documentary “Faces Places,” is the oldest female nominee. Either of the 89-year-olds could become the oldest winner..
However, if they both won, Varda would take the title — she’s eight days Ivory’s elder.
If either or both were to win, Ennio Morricone would be bumped as the oldest winner in a competitive category. He was 87 when he won the award for original score for “The Hateful Eight” in 2016.