Martin McDonagh has said he is "thrilled" to learn that his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has received seven Oscar nominations, praising the "beautiful work" of his cast and crew.

The London-Irish writer-director has been nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Motion Picture of the Year, with the film also shortlisted for Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Achievement for Music Written for Motion Pictures.

The film's stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell have also earned nominations for their performances.

Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand in Three Billboards

"I'm thrilled that our film has received seven nominations from the Academy, and that the beautiful work of our editor Jon Gregory, our composer Carter Burwell, my gentle brothers-in-arms Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and our fearless leader Frances McDormand, have all been recognised so wonderfully," McDonagh said.

"I can't wait to celebrate with them all come March 4th."

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Saoirse Ronan received her third Oscar nomination this year for her performance in Lady Bird, a role that has already seen her win a Golden Globe.

Ronan is shortlisted for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and said she is "incredibly grateful" to see the Academy recognise the film.

"To have been a part of a film like Lady Bird was a true privilege and I am incredibly grateful to the Academy for recognizing this wonderful story about the beauty and strength of women," Ronan said. 

"I am especially thrilled to share this moment with Laurie Metcalf and our leader and director Greta Gerwig, who, like Lady Bird, is an incredible woman and a dear friend."

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Lady Bird has been nominated for five Oscars in total, with writer-director Greta Gerwig earning nods for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and Ronan's co-star Laurie Metcalf scoring a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Gerwig said of her nominations, "This is an unbelievable honor and I am beside myself with joy and gratitude. The entire team who made Lady Bird poured their heart and soul into it, and I am so deeply grateful to the Academy for their recognition.

"I couldn’t be prouder of my brilliant women who led the cast, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, and I am so thrilled that they were nominated for their beautiful performances."

Nora Twomey, the Irish director of The Breadwinner, which has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature film, said she was "so proud of our whole team".

The Breadwinner is nominated alongside The Boss Baby, Coco and Loving Vincent.

The Breadwinner

Meryl Streep has said she is "honoured beyond belief" to have received her 21st Oscar nomination for her performance in The Post. The 68-year-old actress has won three Oscars, and is nominated for Best Actress for her role in the Steven Spielberg-directed film.

"I am honoured beyond measure by this nomination for a film I love, a film that stands in defence of press freedom, and inclusion of women’s voices in the movement of history - Proud of the film, and all her filmmakers. Thank you from a full heart," Streep said.

The nominees for Best Actress

Streep's fellow Best Actress nominee Sally Hawkins is "delighted" and "honoured" to be shortlisted.

"I am so delighted for us all. To be honoured by the acknowledgement of my colleagues of fellow actors, filmmakers, writers, crew members is truly humbling," Hawkins is quoted by Entertainment Weekly as saying.

"It is a privilege to tell such stories and to be able to make films that show there is a life beyond the life that people know – one that is not always seen. To be considered in this category alongside these exceptional women is a real honour and gift in itself. Thank you with eternal gratitude dear Academy!"

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Get Out director and creator Jordan Peele is nominated the Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay categories, with the film's star Daniel Kaluuya nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

"I just spoke to Daniel," Peele tweeted. "You know when you're on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that."

"Right now I'm just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you," he added.

Edgar Wright, who wrote and directed Baby Driver, expressed his joy on Twitter that the film received three nominations; Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

"Baby Driver isn't in a genre that often gets mentioned for awards, so to say that my amazing team and I are thrilled with our three nominations is a huge understatement," he wrote. "Am so happy the hard work by my crew has been recognized."


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