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andy serkis & tiffany haddish*If you missed it, earlier this morning, Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards otherwise known as “The Oscars.”Additionally, Haddish and Serkis were joined by Rosario Dawson, Michelle Rodriguez and Zoe Saldana, among other celebs to do the honors which were broadcast live LA’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.


If you’re wonder how African American filmmakers and actors fared, know that Jordan Peele is nominated for Best Director and his film “Get Out” will contend for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Daniel Kaluuya, who was the film’s lead character, is nominated for Best Actor. If Peele wins for best director, he will be the first black director to take home the Academy Award in that category.

Denzel Washington is nominated for his leading role in “Roman Isreal, Esq.” Congrats also go out to Mary J. Blige(“Mudbound”). She will go up against Octavia Spencer in the Best Supporting Actress category (“The Shape of Water”).

Mary J. Blige in ‘Mudbound’ (Photo credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)

Besides MJB’s nom, “Mudbound” is nominated for awards in several categories. That would be for Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay, and best Original Song for Blige’s “Mighty River.” She’ll be taking on Common & Diane Warren for their song, “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall.”

Oh, and we can’t forget about Kobe Bryant. The former NBAer’s film “Dear Basketball,” is up for Best Animated Short.

Meanwhile, activist Najee Ali has chimed in with his thoughts on how African American actors and crafts-people fared in this year’s Oscar nominations. In a statement to EURweb, he had this to say:

Our coalition of leaders and civil rights groups are pleased with the high number of African -American talent who have been selected for Oscar nominations this year. This is proof that our advocacy which began when director Ava DuVernay was snubbed for her brilliant work with “Selma” and continued with protests and boycotts of the Oscars in later years.

“Our calls for more diversity in voting members were heard by then Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs and with the behind the scenes work by Reginald Hudlin and other Academy members true lasting change was made by the Academy leadership to have more diversity in voting members.

“So we salute our African-American nominees but also the black talent that included Jada Pinkett Smith Spike Lee and many others who supported our Oscar boycotts and also the black civil rights groups that include Project Islamic Hope, Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson CEO of The L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable, The NAACP and all the black activists who showed up for our Oscar protests which helped make today possible.”  – Najee Ali, Director Project Islamic Hope

Here’s the complete list of 2018 Oscar nominees:

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

Best Actor:

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Isreal, Esq.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:

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

Best 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

Best Supporting Actress: 

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Best Animated Feature:

The Breadwinner
The Boss Baby
Loving Vincent

Best Director: 

Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Best Documentary Feature:

Faces Places
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best 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

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Molly’s Game

Best Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography:

Bladerunner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Best Animated Short Film:

“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Negative Space
“Revolting Rhymes”

The 90th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 4 on ABC.

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