“NO OSCAR nominations list ever turns out exactly how you think it will — there will always be delighted gasps and audible shocks when names are and aren’t read out.
“This year was no different. Hot off a harassment scandal, James Franco got bumped from contention in favour of Denzel Washington.
“Phantom Thread and Mudbound came out with strong showings while indie favourite The Florida Project was virtually shut out from all but one category.
“Also, Mary J. Blige is now a double Oscar nominee, and deservedly so.
“This year’s nominee list also contains several record-breaking or significant milestones. Here’s our reaction to some of the bigger categories.”
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