‘Inxeba (The Wound)’ misses Oscar glory, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ gets four noms

Inxeba (The Wound)

South Africa’s Oscar hopes were dashed on Tuesday after Inxeba (The Wound), the country’s official submission, was snubbed by the Academy Awards.

Today, the final five Foreign Language Film contenders were announced live from Beverly Hills by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. Sadly, Inxeba was not included in the list.

The 2018 nominees are: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), Body and Soul (Hungary), and The Square (Sweden).

South Africa did score somewhat in the category of Animated Short Film for Revolting Rhymes. While listed officially as a UK production it was co-produced by Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.

Inxeba – which releases in South Africa on 2 February – is one of the most internationally acclaimed local films ever produced. According to entertainment blogger Phil Mphela, it has become the most awarded South African film of all time with 19 awards across the globe, edging out Tsotsi’s 17 wins.

Over the weekend, it was also nominated for a GLAAD LGBTQ Media Award for Outstanding Film – Limited Release.

Call Me by Your Name, another acclaimed gay-themed film, received four Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for Actor in a Leading Role (Timothée Chalamet), Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory) and Original Song (Mystery of Love, by Sufjan Stevens).

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age story about Elio, a teenager spending the summer in Italy (played by Chalamet), who falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American academic. The film will be released in South Africa on 23 February.

The Shape of Water, a fantasy romance by director Guillermo del Toro, is the clear front runner for this year’s event, with a whopping 13 nominations. Dunkirk received eight nominations, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received seven.

The 2018 Oscar winners will be announced on Sunday 4 March, in a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Below is the full list of nominees for the 90th Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Directing
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Actor in a Supporting Role
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Square (Sweden)

Documentary Feature
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces/Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Cinematography
Blade Runner: 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Film Editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner: 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Makeup and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

Original Score
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Original Song
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name
“Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up for Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote: All of Us

Documentary Short Subject
Edith and Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

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