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.
I want to congratulate my fellow nominees, both in the acting categories and across the board. To be in such company is deeply, genuinely, humbling. To have the chance to play an iconic leader like Winston Churchill at this point in my career was the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am so happy that my colleagues and partners on this wonderful film have also been honored with nominations. I am overjoyed to be nominated, and proud to be part of this wonderful thing known as movie making!
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Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul” is set in a slaughterhouse, where a business manager and a quality control worker discover they share the same dream every night. The mystical romance of their sleep slips into the waking world in an allegory that unfolds against the purity of a winter forest and the industrial precision of the killing floors. The Times caught up with the filmmaker Tuesday, shortly after she learned “On Body and Soul” was nominated for the foreign language film Oscar.
Your film is about lovers who meet in a dream so unlike the dreariness of their real lives. What are you saying with them, and what do their two worlds represent?
We’re tough on ourselves. There’s a hole in us. But somehow we are part of something bigger, part of the universe. Without that sort of realization, you feel very much alone. Our culture tries to fill this hole with efficiency and practicality; you just want to resolve the problems of your life. There is not much space for living through the moment. This is the way babies are born today, the way people are dying in hospitals. All these tubes and medical things, but the very thing that is happening – someone is saying goodbye to life and to their loved ones – there’s no space for that. You have to fight for it.
Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s “The Square,” a many-barbed satire of the art world, was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film. The ensemble comedy revolves around the impeccable curator of a museum who must control damage after his cellphone is stolen. He is nudged beyond his liberal-minded and financially secure cocoon in what is an exploration of humanity and Europe’s unsettled conscience. The Los Angels Times caught up with the filmmaker shortly after he got the nomination news Tuesday.
Congratulations. Are you in Stockholm?
No, I’m at the Sundance Film Festival. I’m super happy about my nomination. But what I’m most happy about is that I and all the people I’ve been working with on the film can be happy together. It’s really, really a beautiful thing. What you can tell is that Oscar has such a huge impact. Thirty seconds after the nomination was announced, I think I had 50 new text messages on my phone.
Laurie Metcalf, already a three-time Emmy winner and recent Tony winner, on Tuesday earned her first nomination for an Oscar — a supporting actress nod for “Lady Bird.” The mother-daughter comedy is up for five Academy Awards, including best director (Greta Gerwig) and leading actress (Saoirse Ronan). The Times caught up with Metcalf shortly after the nominations were announced.
Tell me what the Oscar nomination today means to you.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that the film itself got so much recognition. For Greta and Saoirse, everybody who worked on the film just poured their hearts into it and seemed so attached to it. For it to be recognized in this way is so thrilling to me, and really, it just feels really personal.
Alexandre Desplat is no stranger to the Academy Awards: The prolific film composer has now been nominated nine times. He previously won his only Oscar for his work on 2014’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Heading to the Sundance Film Festival, cinematographer Rachel Morrison took a moment to savor and consider her historic Oscar nomination for her work on Netflix’s “Mudbound.”
“Literally, it’s a dream come true,” she said of the nod that made her the first woman nominated in the cinematography category. “I really hope that it opens the door for more women to believe that they can do it and follow their dreams and become cinematographers. I think that once you see 50% of us [in the industry], you’ll see a lot more nominations this time of year.”