This is a transformative year for the Academy Awards. Not only are women seeing more nominations than ever before - in categories that have historically gone almost exclusively to men - but unconventional movies like Jordan Peele's Get Out and Guillermo del Torro's The Shape of Water are getting major nods from the Academy. With the Time's Up movement, which aims to fight on behalf of those marginalized by the movie industry, the Oscar ceremony is bound to be an exciting and humbling event.
On Tuesday (Jan. 23), the Academy released the official list of nominations and the talents behind the titles were floored. Take a look at the best reactions, from Jordan to Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), the fifth woman to ever receive a best director nomination.
Jordan Peele's horror film Get Out received four nominations, and his reaction was priceless
What’s the opposite of the Sunken Place?— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you. ✊— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
His wife also had something to celebrate...
AND OUR BABY SLEPT THRU THE NITE W NO MILK‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) January 23, 2018
Daniel Kaluuya is up for his first Oscar ever for Get Out
“It makes me happy that a film that empowers people that feel marginalized, people actually saw and wanted to see again and again. For it to be recognized is reflective of how people feel,” he told Deadline. “Jordan Peele is up there as one of the great voices of our generation. The fact that he’s been put in a position where he belongs makes me very happy. It’s an intangible thing in the air. This is just a special moment.”
Lady Bird was the recipient of four nominations and is up for best director, best actress, best supporting actress and best picture
Director Greta Gerwig remarked: "This is an unbelievable honor and I am beside myself with joy and gratitude. The entire team who made Lady Bird poured their heart and soul into it, and I am so deeply grateful to the Academy for their recognition. I couldn’t be prouder of my brilliant women who led the cast, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, and I am so thrilled that they were nominated for their beautiful performances. I am struggling to find the words to express how much the nomination for best director and best screenplay means to me — in a year where there are so many brilliant films by so many of my heroes of cinema — all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Saoirse Ronan (who stars as Lady Bird) said: “To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women. I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend.”
The iconic Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination for The Post, keeping the record in her name
In a statement she released to the Los Angeles Times, the actress said: “I am honored beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defense of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history. Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart."
TheDisaster Artist, about the making of cult-favourite The Room, received a nomination for best adapted screenplay - and the legendary Tommy Wiseau had something to say about it
Guillermo del Toro was ecstatic about the 13 nominations his film The Shape of Water received
Thank You to the academy and my peers for this moment of joy in a 25 year journey as a storyteller. pic.twitter.com/vDOTfs0CiX— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 23, 2018
Octavia Spencer received a nod for best supporting actress for the science fiction movie, too
This. Team. Right. Here!!!! https://t.co/jY2Gbi63Xk— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) January 23, 2018
And Mary J Blige just 'can't stop crying' over her two nominations!
Speaking to The LA Times, the singer-turned-actress said, "This feels awesome. It feels so good. I can't tell you… I feel so overjoyed. I can't stop crying all these happy tears. Just so grateful and thankful. God is the absolute greatest."