Oscars nominations 2018: 'The Shape of Water' leads with 13, including best picture
The Academy Awards dove all in for The Shape of Water.
The 1960s-set supernatural fairy-tale romance received 13 Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, including best picture, lead actress (Sally Hawkins), supporting actor (Richard Jenkins), director (Guillermo del Toro) and a slew of technical honors. Behind it is Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk with eight nominations and the darkly comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, up for seven at the March 4 ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and airing live on ABC (8 p.m. ET/5 PT).
Three Billboards, Dunkirk and Shape of Water will tussle for the night's biggest prize in a wide-ranging best-picture slate that includes coming-of-age comedy Lady Bird, social thriller Get Out, dark horse Darkest Hour, Pentagon Papers drama The Post, fashion-world romance Phantom Thread and gay love story Call Me By Your Name.
Gary Oldman, transformed into Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, followed up Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award wins with an expected Oscar nomination for best actor. The British thespian will compete against newcomers Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), retiring three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread) and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.), earning his sixth nomination in the category.
Three Billboards' Frances McDormand also continued her successful awards streak with a nomination for best actress alongside Hawkins — it's McDormand's first in the category since winning in 1997 for Fargo. Rounding out this year's list are previous nominee Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Oscar rookie Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and all-time contender Meryl Streep (The Post), grabbing her 21st nomination, the most of any actor.
Allison Janney (I, Tonya) and Laurie Metcalf (Lady Bird) each snagged their first Oscar nominations for supporting actress. Joining them will be Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), previous winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) and surprise contender Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread).
Three Billboards scored two spots in the supporting-actor race, with Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both earning nominations. They'll compete against Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Christopher Plummer, who stepped in to replace Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World at the last minute. (Plummer is now also the oldest Oscar nominee at age 88.)
Dunkirk picked up nods in a variety of technical categories (among them, cinematography and production design), plus best director.
Nolan, del Toro, Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Jordan Peele (Get Out) all received their first director nominations, while Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread) picked up his second. Peele became the third person to receive best-picture, directing and writing nominations for his first feature film.
Peele's Get Out script received an original screenplay nod along with The Big Sick, Lady Bird, Shape of Water and Three Billboards. Adapted screenplay honors went to Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Logan, Molly’s Game and Mudbound.