>> While the Oscars have been criticized in recent years for under-representing people of color and women.>> Eliza, come on.>> This year, most of the top contenders in the best movie category are dealing with different scandals. From accusations of plagiarism, to criticism from gay and African-American communities.
Reuters correspondent Jill Sargent, takes a look at the nominees that are provoking the loudest complaints.>> For Shape of Water, a lawsuit accusing the makers of plagiarizing a 1969 play. And it says that basically the plot was lifted from a play by a US playwright. The other big criticism is facing the movie, Three Billboards.
The claims revolve around the feeling that one of the police officers in this small town, who is a racist in the movie, that he finds some redemption at the end of the movie.>> Call me by your name and I'll call you->> And then there's Call Me By Your Name, hailed as a heartbreaking gay romance.
But some are puzzled that the filmmakers cast two straight actors to play the lead roles. There have also been complaints about the age discrepancy between the lovers and whether the relation borders on predatory. And that issue touches on yet another, the cloud hanging over Hollywood, the Me Too movement.
>> Jimmy Kimmel is hosting for a second time. People feel that he cannot ignore the Me Too movement in his monologue. Perhaps in the references, in the whole of the ceremony, but obviously it's not a laughing matter. And so it's gonna be very interesting to see how we kind of navigate such whole issue.
>> Sargent says the Me Too movement may have also helped to determine which movies rose to the top this year like The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, and a mother-daughter movie, Lady Bird, all featuring strong female characters.>> Strong personalities.