Just when you thought awards shows were becoming boring (with the wildly entertaining exception of last year’s Oscars gaffe), 2017 comes along. With our general political atmosphere, the #MeToo movement unleashed by the Weinstein allegations, and other assorted events, this year’s awards season has been both entertaining and powerful. On Tuesday, the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced.

The leader of the nominations by far was “The Shape of Water,” nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including best picture. Other notable noms: Jordan Peele earned a best director nomination for “Get Out,” his social-justice thriller (not a comedy), which makes him the fifth African-American director nominated in the category. In other “fifth” achievements, Greta Gerwig’s nomination for best director for her coming-of-age story “Lady Bird” makes her the fifth woman ever to be nominated for a best director Oscar.

Octavia Spencer, nominated for best supporting actress for “The Shape of Water,” makes history has the first African-American actress to receive multiple nominations after a win. Spencer won best supporting actress for “The Help” in 2012 and in 2017 was nominated for “Hidden Figures”.

This is a very big year for diversity not just in Oscar nominations but in Hollywood, in general, and discussion around that and around sexual harassment and gender inequality will be the genesis of many discussions leading up to and after the ceremony. Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will host the awards airing on Sunday, March 4, 2018, on ABC.

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