Oscar noms 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ leads with 13 nominations

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Michael Shannon confronts Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer in ‘The Shape of Water.’ Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight.

The 90th annual Academy Awards announced the nominations on Tuesday with “The Shape of Water” leading the pack with 13 nominations including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

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Screened Out – Mistress America

By : Stephen Miller
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Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke

The small-scale, metropolitan comedy Mistress America is a great idea done better in other films. Stilted execution and juvenile characters hinder it here. I quit caring for these people; I even started disliking them.

“Do you know what an autodidact is?” one character asks another.

“Yes.”

“Autodidact is one of the words I self-taught myself,” the first replies – the line is funny, but it sounds like it’s coming from a precocious eighth grader, not a 30-year-old. Actually, and eighth grader is more intelligent and aware than this lady.

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