Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Greta Gerwig is the first woman to get an Oscar nomination for best director since 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Director Greta Gerwig attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)

-Guillermo del Toro's Shape Of Water leads nominations with 13 nods, including best picture, best  actress  and best original script.

-The 34-year-old actress made her directorial debut with the drama/comedy, which stars Irish  actress  Saoirse Ronan.

-The last female director to get a nod from the Academy was Kathryn Bigelow in 2010 with The  Hurt  Locker.

Bigelow took home the award, becoming the first woman ever to do so and leaving the ratio of female to male winners at 1 to 88.

Only three other female directors have been nominated by the Academy so far, Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for The Piano and Sofia Coppola for Lost In Translation.

Gerwig will go against Christopher Nolan, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and Paul Thomas Anderson.

In other categories, Del Toro's Shape Of Water leads nominations with 13 nods, including best picture, best actress and best original script.

Following closely with eight nominations is Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, which swept most technical categories alongside Blade Runner 2049 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Among the Brits shortlisted this year is Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill, Sally Hawkins, Daniel Day-Lewis and rising star Daniel Kaluuya.

History was also written in cinematography, with Mudbound's Rachel Morrison becoming the first woman ever to be nominated in her category.

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the ceremony on 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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