Viggo Mortensen Nominated For Oscar

Viggo Mortensen Nominated For Oscar

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Viggo Mortensen Nominated For Oscar

It’s not a surprise that Viggo Mortensen, Watertown High School Graduate received his third Oscar nomination this morning, when the Academy announced the nominations for the 91st Academy awards, for films released in 2018.  Viggo had already been nominated for several awards for his role of Tony Lip Vallelonga in Green Book, which is based on a true story. Mahershala Ali was also nominated, but in the supporting role category, as Don Shirley. The film was also nominated for best picture, best screenplay and best editing, for a total of five nominations. The film won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical film, for screenplay and Ali also won. Ali is a favorite going into the Oscars, but Mortensen, faces stiff competition from Christian Bale for his brilliant turn as Dick Cheney in Vice, and Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born.  Without a best director nomination for the talented Peter Farrelly, Green Book is a long shot for best picture-but anything is possible; see Argo’s 2012 best picture win.

I liked Green Book a great deal, check out my review here.

Roma, the Spanish language film produced by Netfilx is tied with the most nominations with the black comedy, The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lathimus both with 10 nominations.  The popular remake of a Star is Born received 8 nominations, but not one for its auteur, as best director, Bradley Cooper. Vice, a film that has seen lackluster box office also received 8 nominations.

A Star is Born review

Vice review

Other films receiving multiple nominations are BlacKkKlansman and Black Panther.

Beautiful and talented Emily Blunt was completely snubbed, not receiving nominations for either Mary Poppins Returns or A Quiet Place- She received SAG nominations for both.

Tune into the noon news tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23 when I do a live interview with Diane Rutherford on my thoughts about this year’s nominations.

Variety, complete list of nominations.

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