Jordan Peele makes history with Oscar nominations for 'Get Out'

Oscars nominations 2018 Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis will be hosting while Priyanka Chopra is a special guest

Three years ago, the activist started the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, in response to an all-white slate of acting nominees. When watching a black man in a horror flick, Peele told the New York Times, he knows "It's just a matter of time until Tyrone walks away to smoke some weed or pee or something and gets macheted".

Incredibly profitable: Best picture nominees are not always known for being popular at the box office, but "Get Out" made for a paltry $4.5 million went on to gross $176 million domestically ($255 million worldwide). Oh, and it lost one Harvey Weinstein.

The first thing the Academy had to do was not make matters worse, which would have been the case had James Franco been nominated for The Disaster Artist. This means many deserving nominees were left out. There are still woefully underrepresented groups, among them Hispanics, as the Times highlighted this past weekend. "I wanted to make a provocative film that will not only wildly entertain people but also make them reflect - thank you for helping me to share this film with more audiences throughout the world".

"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", Streep said in a statement.

In a surprise nomination, Mary J Blige earned her maiden Oscar nod as she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for "Mudbound".

When approaching the final category, Tiffany asked Serkis if he "Wanted to do the big one", for Best Picture.

Get Out also has a best actor nod for Daniel Kaluuya, while The Shape of Water has acting bids for lead actress Sally Hawkins, supporting performers Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins, as well as nominations for original score, cinematography, editing, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, and production design. Gerwig is the fifth female director ever to be nominated, and only Kathryn Bigelow has won, for "The Hurt Locker".

Rumours first began swirling about Franco's alleged misconduct after actor Ally Sheedy blasted his Golden Globes win in since-deleted tweets.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri", helmed by British director Martin McDonagh, was nominated in the best film category, and star Frances McDormand was nominated for best leading actress, though McDonagh was not nominated for directing the critically acclaimed film.

Peele is also becomes only the fifth black filmmaker to be nominated in the best director category, preceded by John Singleton ("Boyz n the Hood"), Lee Daniels ("Precious") Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight").

World War Two drama "Dunkirk" received the second-most nominations overall, with eight including a directing nomination for Christopher Nolan, trailing Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water", which received 13. Reign is correct that, as long as we're counting on one hand, diversity pioneers are still exceptions to the rule.

In the past, "the stories that we have seen in general have been the stories of white men, and we are exhausted and done with it", said Melissa Silverstein, founder of the Women and Hollywood blog.

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