Today is the day. The 2018 Oscar nominees were announced bright and early Tuesday morning for the 90th annual ceremony.
Comedian-actor Tiffany Haddish and actor-director Andy Serkis announced this year’s list of nominees from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and if, like me, you’re just here to root for everybody black (I said what I said), we’ve got quite a few people to support.
Uncle Denzel (aka Denzel Washington) and Daniel Kaluuya will be contending for the award for best actor in a leading role. Washington was nominated for his role in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Kaluuya, of course, was nominated for his role in Get Out.
Queen Mary J. Blige—singer, actor, comeback goddess—showed up and showed out, rounding out an already outstanding award season with a double nomination from the Oscars.
The singer was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Mudbound. She was also nominated for best original song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and sang for the film.
The ever-talented Octavia Spencer was also nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Shape of Water.
The Root 100 honoree Jordan Peele is contending for directing and best original screenplay Oscars for Get Out (again, naturally, as it was one of the most-talked-about and well-received films of 2017, but I digress).
Dee Rees, another The Root 100 honoree (alongside Virgil Williams), is in the running for best adapted screenplay for Mudbound.
Strong Island (directed and produced by The Root 100 honoree Yance Ford) also received a nomination for best documentary feature.
And ... drumroll, please.
Get Out, in general, is in the coveted race for best picture.
Basically, Mudbound and Get Out seem in it to win it this year, and there is nothing to be mad about here.
Of course, being nominated is one thing, but I’m sure we’ll all be watching with bated breath on March 4 to see if any of our faves make it out with the golden statuette.
You can see the full list of nominees here.