Critics’ Choice Awards 2018: ‘The Shape of Water’ gets a big watery hug with leading 14 nominations

The Shape of Water” just got a big boost in the 2018 Oscar race thanks to the Critics’ Choice Awards. The romantic fairy tale from director Guillermo del Toro received a leading 14 nominations, far more than any other film. The contenders for these 23rd annual kudos were announced on Wednesday morning, December 6, and the winners will be presented on January 11 at a live telecast on the CW Network.

SEE 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards film nominations: Full list led by ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post’ …

The Critics’ Choice Awards for film are handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, an organization that comprises more than 300 film journalists working in TV, radio, and online media. They have a pretty good track record anticipating the Oscars. Seven of the last 10 Critics’ Choice winners for Best Picture repeated at the Academy Awards. And just last year eight out of 10 Critics’ Choice nominees for Best Picture ended up with Oscar noms in the top category. The previous year eight out of 11 Critics’ Choice nominees ended up with Oscar bids.

SEE See full list of Critics’ Choice TV Awards 2018 nominations

So it’s worth taking a close look at this year’s Best Picture race as a whole since it might be a preview of things to come. Joining “The Shape of Water” in that highest category are “The Big Sick,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Darkest Hour,” “Dunkirk,” “The Florida Project,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

None of those films come close to “Shape of Water’s” total nominations, but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Four of its Best Picture rivals received eight bids apiece: “Call Me,” “Dunkirk,” “The Post,” and “Lady Bird.” All of those films also received nominations for directing, and all received writing nominations except for “Dunkirk” with its limited dialogue. “Three Billboards” and “Get Out” also compete for their directing and writing. So the race may not be over just yet.

How do you think these nominations affect the Oscar race? Does this move “The Shape of Water” to the head of the pack for Best Picture? Comment below, and join the discussion on this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.

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