‘Shape of Water’ Takes Top Lead In The Oscar Field With 13 Nominations

Shape Of Water Guillermo del Toro

Shape Of Water Guillermo del Toro

Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced in a two-part ceremony this morning.

“The Shape of Water” received the most nominations — 13 total — with the Cold War fantasy drama landing across-the-board accolades for best picture, best director for Guillermo del Toro, best screenplay, several technical noms, and three acting noms. Christopher Nolan’s war movie “Dunkirk” followed with eight nominations.

Two years after #oscarssowhite, in which artists and fans called out the Academy’s noticeable exclusion of nominees of color, Hollywood is now grappling with #metoo and Time’s Up.

The newer hashtag was largely sparked by a New York Times expose of major producer and Hollywood bigwig Harvey Weinstein, who was accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and assault, many of whom are famous themselves.

At the Golden Globe awards two weeks ago, women and men alike wore black in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, the legal defense fund which aims for equality in the workplace.

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille career achievement award, Oprah Winfrey said, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.” And Natalie Portman, in announcing the category for best director, pointedly referred to the “all male nominees.”

At the Golden Globes, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Minnesota,” starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell took home Best Motion Picture, Drama. The movie has not been without controversy though, with some criticizing the redemption of a racist character (others, like Sam Rockwell’s father, loved it).

The movie is up for seven Oscar awards, including including best picture, best director, a best actress nom for McDormand and twin supporting actor noms for Harrelson and Rockwell.

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut starring Saoirse Ronan, received five Oscar nominations, including best picture, best director for Gerwig and lead actress for Ronan. It previously won Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical at the Globes. Jordan Peele’s racially-charged horror comedy “Get Out” landed four nominations, including best picture and best director.

Below is the list of 2018 Oscar nominations:

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Post”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Meryl Streep, “The Post”

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”


“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

“The Boss Baby”

“The Breadwinner”



“Loving Vincent”

Animated Short:

“Dear Basketball,”

“Garden Party”


“Negative Space”

“Revolting Rhymes”

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees


Original Screenplay:


“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh




“Blade Runner 2049,” Roger Deakins

“Darkest Hour,” Bruno Delbonnel

“Dunkirk,” Hoyte van Hoytema

“Mudbound,” Rachel Morrison

“The Shape of Water,” Dan Laustsen


Best Documentary Feature:


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”

“Faces Places”


“Last Men in Aleppo”

“Strong Island”


Best Documentary Short Subject:



“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”


“Knife Skills”

“Traffic Stop”


Best Live Action Short Film:


“DeKalb Elementary”

“The Eleven O’Clock”

“My Nephew Emmett”

“The Silent Child”

“Watu Wote/All of Us”


Best Foreign Language Film:


“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)


Film Editing: “Baby Driver,” Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss “Dunkirk,” Lee Smith “I, Tonya,” Tatiana S. Riegel “The Shape of Water,” Sidney Wolinsky “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Jon Gregory Sound Editing: “Baby Driver,” Julian Slater “Blade Runner 2049,” Mark Mangini, Theo Green “Dunkirk,” Alex Gibson, Richard King “The Shape of Water,” Nathan Robitaille “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood Sound Mixing: “Baby Driver,” Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin “Blade Runner 2049,” Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill “Dunkirk,” Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo “The Shape of Water,” Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast” “Blade Runner 2049″ “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “The Shape of Water” Original Score: “Dunkirk,” Hans Zimmer “Phantom Thread,” Jonny Greenwood “The Shape of Water,” Alexandre Desplat “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” John Williams “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Carter Burwell Original Song: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” Mary J. Blige “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name,” Sufjan Stevens “Remember Me” from “Coco,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” Diane Warren, Common “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” Benj Pasek, Justin Paul Makeup and Hair: “Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick “Victoria and Abdul,” Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard “Wonder,” Arjen Tuiten Costume Design: “Beauty and the Beast” “Darkest Hour “Phantom Thread” “The Shape of Water” “Victoria and Abdul” Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049,” John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick “Kong: Skull Island,” Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlon “War for the Planet of the Apes,” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist