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‘The Shape Of Water’

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been announced in Los Angeles, with The Shape Of Water leading the way with 13 nods.

The romantic drama is nominated for best picture, best director (Guillermo del Toro) and best actress (Sally Hawkins). This is one fewer than La La Land’s record haul of 14 last year.

Read more: Full list of Oscars 2018 nominations

It is one of nine films in the best picture category and is competing against Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Greta Gerwig becomes only the fifth woman to be nominated for best director, for Lady Bird. She is joined by del Toro, Jordan Peele (Get Out), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread). The best director lists for the Baftas and the Golden Globes were all male. 

Nominations by numbers

  • 13 - The Shape Of Water 
  • 8 - Dunkirk
  • 7 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • 6 - Phantom Thread
  • 6 - Darkest Hour
  • 5 - Blade Runner 2049
  • 5 - Lady Bird
  • 4 - Get Out
  • 4 - Mudbound
  • 4 - Call Me By Your Name
  • 4 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Nominations by distributor

  • 20 - Fox Searchlight
  • 14 - Focus Features
  • 14 - Warner Bros
  • 10 - Walt Disney
  • 8 - Netflix
  • 7 - 20th Century Fox
  • 7 - A24

Actor nominations

Gary Oldman will be the man to beat in the best actor category after his performance as Winston Churchill was honoured at the Golden Globes. He will compete against Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.).

The two frontrunners for best actress appear to be Sally Hawkins  (The Shape Of Water) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). They are up against Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) and Meryl Streep (The Post).

Mary J. Blige’s best supporting actress nomination for Mudbound is Netflix’s first ever acting nod. The film was also nominated for best adapted screenplay and best original song (also for Blige), meaning that Netflix scored its first ever Oscar nominations outside the documentary categories.

Blige will compete against Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread), Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape Of Water).

Christopher Plummer makes the supporting actor list, after replacing Kevin Spacy at the last minute in All The Money In The World.

Two actors from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri are also on the list: Sam Rockwell (perhaps the favourite) and Woody Harrelson, alongside Richard Jenkins (The Shape Of Water) and Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project).

Foreign language

Cannes winner The Square is included in a competitive foreign language category. Fellow Cannes competition title Loveless also makes the list, alongside Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body And Soul, Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult and A Fantastic Woman, starring transgender Chilean actress Daniela Vega. 

The 2018 Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on March 4. Jimmy Kimmel is once again hosting this year’s ceremony.

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