‘The Shape of Water’ leads 2018 Oscar nominations with 13, followed by ‘Dunkirk’ (8) & ‘Three Billboards’ (7)

The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, January 23, and “The Shape of Water” came away with a leading 13 nominations. It’s no surprise that the film is the biggest Oscar contender. It previously topped the Golden Globe nominations (seven), the Critics’ Choice nominations (14), and the BAFTA nominations (12) thanks to the combined strength of its acting, writing, and below-the-line crafts. But it falls just short of the record-tying 14 nominations we were predicting. Check out the complete list of nominations here.

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“The Shape of Water” is nominated for Best Picture as well as for its direction (Guillermo Del Toro) and original screenplay (Del Toro and co-writer Vanessa Taylor), its lead performance by Sally Hawkins, and its supporting turns by Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins. It was also recognized for its cinematography, costume design, film editing, production design, score, sound mixing, and sound editing.

Next in line with eight Oscar nominations is Christopher Nolan‘s World War II epic “Dunkirk.” The acclaimed drama about the historic rescue of Allied soldiers from the title beach in France is up for Best Picture, and after years of trying Nolan is finally up for Best Director for the first time. The rest of the film’s noms are in craft categories for its cinematography, film editing, production design, score, sound editing, and sound mixing.

The next most nominated film with seven nominations is the recent Screen Actors Guild Award winner for its ensemble cast: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” It’s nominated for Best Picture, Martin McDonagh‘s writing, Frances McDormand‘s lead performance, the supporting turns by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, and its film editing. Surprisingly, though, McDonagh wasn’t nominated for directing the film.

Next up with six bids is “Darkest Hour,” which explores the Dunkirk evacuation from the point of view of the new prime minister, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman). The film is up for Best Picture and Best Actor for Oldman, along with noms for its cinematography, costume design, makeup and hairstyling, and production design.

Greatly exceeding our expectations, also with six nominations, is “Phantom Thread.” It was expected to earn nominations for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and for its costumes and score. It received those noms, but it was also recognized for Best Picture, Best Director (Paul Thomas Anderson), and Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville).

Joining those five films on the list of Best Picture nominees are “Call Me by Your Name,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post,” bringing the total number of contenders in the top category to nine. Check out the complete list of nominations by film below. Which favorites of yours made the cut, and which were left out?

13 NOMINATIONS

“The Shape of Water”
Best Picture
Best Director — Guillermo del Toro
Best Actress — Sally Hawkins
Best Supporting Actor — Richard Jenkins
Best Supporting Actress — Octavia Spencer
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Production Design
Best Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing

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8 NOMINATIONS

“Dunkirk”
Best Picture
Best Director — Christopher Nolan
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Production Design
Best Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing

7 NOMINATIONS

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best Picture
Best Actress —  Frances McDormand
Best Supporting Actor — Woody Harrelson
Best Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell
Best Original Screenplay
Best Film Editing
Best Score

6 NOMINATIONS

“Darkest Hour”
Best Picture
Best Actor — Gary Oldman
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Production Design

“Phantom Thread”
Best Picture
Best Director — Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Supporting Actress — Lesley Manville
Best Costume Design
Best Original Score

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5 NOMINATIONS

“Blade Runner 2049”
Best Cinematography
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects

“Lady Bird”
Best Picture
Best Director — Greta Gerwig
Best Actress — Saoirse Ronan
Best Supporting Actress — Laurie Metcalf
Best Original Screenplay

4 NOMINATIONS

“Call Me By Your Name”
Best Picture
Best Actor — Timothee Chalamet
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Song — “The Mystery of Love”

“Get Out”
Best Picture
Best Director — Jordan Peele
Best Actor — Daniel Kaluuya
Best Original Screenplay

“Mudbound”
Best Supporting Actress — Mary J. Blige
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Song — “Mighty River”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
Best Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects

3 NOMINATIONS

“Baby Driver”
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing

“I, Tonya”
Best Actress — Margot Robbie
Best Supporting Actress — Allison Janney
Best Film Editing

2 NOMINATIONS

“Beauty and the Beast”
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

“The Post”
Best Picture
Best Actress — Meryl Streep

“Victoria and Abdul”
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling

1 NOMINATION

“All the Money in the World”
Christopher Plummer

“The Big Sick”
Best Original Screenplay

“The Disaster Artist”
Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Florida Project”
Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe

“The Greatest Showman”
Best Original Song

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Best Visual Effects

“Kong: Skull Island”
Best Visual Effects

“Logan”
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Marshall”
Best Original Song — “Stand Up for Something”

“Molly’s Game”
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Best Actor — Denzel Washington

“War for the Planet of the Apes”
Best Visual Effects

“Wonder”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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