Oscars 2018 Lead Actress Nominations: Early Favorites Revealed

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

Following the huge breakthrough moment of "Moonlight" winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards, we've seen a record amount of diverse LGBT inclusion among this year's nominees. Jordan Peele's directorial debut Get Out is one of the most talked about films of 2017, and blew audiences away last February.

Daniel Kaluuya as Chris in Get Out.

2002 - Halle Berry becomes the first, and still the only black woman, to receive a best actress Oscar, dedicating her award to "every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened".

And that is the real issue.

With the #MeToo Movement and the take-down of many of Tinsel Town's biggest players, the tides have changed in Hollywood.

In June 2016, under pressure due to the dearth of diversity among nominees and within its ranks, the academy expanded its membership by roughly 10%, inviting 683 new members - with an emphasis on women and people of color - to join the historically insular club. The five nominees are Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread, and Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. And Jenkins is quietly wonderful in The Shape Of Water, but his work has a modesty that makes it go unnoticed.

Nominated for six awards, the biographical film about The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team's investigation into the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church picked up the award for best picture.

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More actors are picking studio tentpoles offering ambitious franchise roles. Only one film ("Braveheart") has overcome this, and that's probably because it was directed by an actor (Mel Gibson). Not a single vote is taken from the public which is why you won't see the number one box office film winning the coveted Best Picture.

Will win: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Should win: Three Billboards. They're well-written and well-performed, with recognizable stars aplenty, and they both touch on serious social issues - bigotry and abuse of authority, in both cases - without being entirely about their "message". "Citizen Kane" wasn't named best picture, and "The Searchers", "Vertigo" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" weren't even nominated. The documentary, "A Fantastic Woman" was incredible and will hopefully won the Foreign Film award.

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell has been on a streak of wins for his cop character Dixon in Three Billboards, and many expect the streak to continue.

Should win: Del Toro has been winning this prize all season, and he seems like a lock here too, given that The Shape Of Water racked up nearly twice the nominations of any other contender.

Gary Oldman is the popular frontrunner for best actor due to his inspiring and indistinguishable impression of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. It's especially important for best picture, because the category can have up to 10 nominees instead of just five.

The movie also earned the award for best makeup and hairstyling. Her opposition is Sally Hawkins from The Shape of Water, Margot Robbie for I, Tonya, Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird and Meryl Streep, with her 21st nomination, for The Post. Will he be a bridesmaid yet again or will the 14th nomination be the charm?

Where and When: The Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 4, at the the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and will air live at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PST on ABC.

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