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The 2018 Oscar nominations were actually full of good news for women in film

Women’s names turned up in categories where they have been seldom seen.

THE OSCAR NOMINATIONS were finally revealed today and our girl Saoirse got her third nod.

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The Shape of Water leads with the most nominations at thirteen, and overall, people were pretty happy with how things went.

We had great Irish representation with Saoirse, costume designer Consolata Boyle getting a nod for Victoria and Abdul, and The Breadwinner’s (directed by Irish woman Nora Twomey) nomination for best animated feature.

One of the most celebrated nominations, was Greta Gerwig’s

And with good reason.

She’s only the fifth woman to receive a nomination in the Oscar’s 90 year history, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow in 2010. Past nominees include Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jne Campion for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, and Kathryn Bigelow, who won for The Hurt Locker in 2009.

That’s a damn long gap.

People were naturally, delighted about it

Jordan Peele’s nomination for Get Out was also a relief.

Let’s not forget Greta’s screenplay nomination, too

Besides Greta’s feat, Mudbound’s Director of Photography Rachel Morrison made history by becoming the first female nominee in the Oscars’ Cinematography category.

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In other firsts, Mary J Blige is the first person ever nominated for acting and best song in the same year. She’s nominated as Supporting Actress for her role in Mudbound, and with her song Mighty River from the same movie.

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