Singer Mary J. Blige is officially an Oscar contender.
On Tuesday (January 23) morning, the full list of Academy Award nominations was announced by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis. The Shape of Water, a low budget fantasy film, fell one short of tying the record for most nominations with 13 nods while Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri has nine and Dunkirk named in seven.
Blige is up for Best Supporting Actress and Original Song for the film Mudbound, two of the four nominations the film received. For acting, she is up against Allison Janney for I, Tanya, Lesley Manville for Phantom Thread, Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird and Octavia Spencer for The Shape of Water. Janney is the strong favorite in the category, sweeping awards already given this season.
In the Original Song category, Blige is nominated with fellow veteran artist Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson while Diane Warren is up for “Stand Up For Something” from the film Marshall which she wrote with Lonnie R. Lynn.
The nominees for Original Song:
“Mighty River” from Mudbound – Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq & Taura Stinson
“Mystery of Love” from Call Me By My Name – Sufjan Stevens
“Remember Me” from Coco – Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
“Stand Up For Something” from Marshall – Diane Warren & Lonnie R. Lynn
“This is Me” from The Greatest Showman – Benji Pasek & Justin Paul
In the category of Original Score, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood is up for his his first Oscar for Phantom Thread while John Williams has his 51st nod for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Of those, he has won five times for Fiddler on the Roof (1972), Jaws (1976), Star Wars (1977), E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1983) and Schindler’s List (1994).
The nominees for Original Score:
Dunkirk – Hanz Zimmer
Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood
The Shape of Water – Alexander Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Carter Burwell
The full nominations list can be seen at Oscars.org.