2018 Oscar nominations slugfest: ‘I jumped off the couch’ when great moment in Oscar history was made! [WATCH]

“I’m really happy that ‘Get Out’ is nominated, as that was the best film of 2017 by a mile,” declares senior editor Rob Licuria during our 2018 Oscar nominations slugfest. He is joined by contributing writers Andrew Carden, Tony Ruiz and Amanda Spears to dish the many highs and some lows in the wide open Best Picture race and the exciting below the line categories.

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Rachel Morrison making Oscar history,” Spears declares when asked to name her favorite nomination. Morrison is the first woman ever nominated in the Best Cinematography category for her acclaimed work in “Mudbound.” “I jumped off the couch when I saw that one,” Licuria agrees. “It has taken 90 years to get a woman nominated in that category, how ridiculous. But this is wonderful, what a great moment in Oscar history, and at an especially great time.”

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“As one of the few people that really enjoyed ‘Victoria and Abdul,’ I was pretty excited to see it get a pair of nominations,” Carden says. “I thought it was a very lush, well designed film, almost at Merchant Ivory level … so I am happy it got that pair of nominations even if the Dame didn’t make the cut,” Carden adds, noting that Judi Dench most likely just missed out in the Best Actress race.

“One of my favorite nominations was ‘Strong Island’ in the documentary feature category,” Ruiz says. “It’s an absolutely mesmerizing, heartbreaking, devastating film by a black trans filmmaker, and it just hits you in the gut.” Watch the video above to find out what else we loved, and of course our inevitable list of complaints.

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