Peele made history when the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and he's in good company.
Kevin Spacey's performance as John Paul Getty was erased from All the Money in the World after actor Anthony Rapp accused the Academy Award-winning actor of making sexual advances when he was 14 years old.
Historically, these have provided clues as to who and what will eventually win an Oscar. Still, Washington has hardly been at the forefront of the awards race this year, especially when compared with, say Tom Hanks, who wasn't nominated for playing Ben Bradlee in "The Post" (and hasn't been nominated in 17 years). Three Billboards looks to have been hurt by a surge of support for Phantom Thread, the supposed final film of Oscar favorite Daniel Day-Lewis, who got a best actor nod.
This is our most exciting category, with three contenders - Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"), Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird") and Sally Hawkins ("The Shape of Water") - all in the mix. 'Strong Island, ' Netflix's gripping police brutality documentary, was nominated for best doc.
One other Potter alum involved in a film receiving Oscar accolades was Harry Potter's Albus Dumbledore, Michael Gambon who played Prime Minister Lord Salisbury in last year's biopic about Queen Victoria and her Indian servant Abdul Karim, Victoria and Abdul.
This category is a snoozefest. "We share this nomination with our friend Gary Oldman and the entire DARKEST HOUR team".
It is customary, at this point, to expertly and decisively handicap the nominees and predict the winners. That was in keeping with a tradition of generally cool treatment of action and sci-fi movies at the Academy Awards.
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This category is wild. Currently, he holds the record for the most best picture nominations for an individual producer with 10. A "Coco" loss would be "Un Poco Loco".
The other nominees were Willem Dafoe ("The Florida Project"), Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell (both "Three Billboards").
It certainly helped to keep things interesting for the more technical nominations, and it's nice to see these ladies getting involved in a different way.
This projection means nothing until the Directors Guild of America Awards, so we wouldn't advise you pay too much attention to the ordering here yet.
It's not that surprising that the best director category, as well as most of the big award categories, have been traditionally dominated by men.
Roger Deakins has stoically clapped the best cinematographer victor 13 times now, after being nominated multiple times without a win.
"It's really attractive", The Shape of Water filmmaker says. But neither has a particularly decisive case to be called the front-runner. Daniel Kaluuya received a best actor nod for his portrayal of Chris, a young, black photographer meeting his white girlfriend's family in what becomes a nightmarish hellscape where racism is the central terror.