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The Oscars 2018: The Shape Of Water sweeps the board with 13 Academy Award nominations

Oscars 2018: The Shape of Water receives 13 nominations

  • Tying the record set by Titanic in 1998, fantasy film The Shape Of Water has won a total of 13 nods while Three Billboards followed with seven 
  • British wartime films Dunkirk and Darkest Hour were also recognised eight and six times, respectively
  • Elsewhere, Darkest Hour's leading actor Gary Oldman is nominated for Best Actor. This season, he has already won the Golden Globe award and the Screen Actors Guild for his role as Winston Churchill
  • Angelina Jolie was noticeably snubbed along with All The Money In The World star Michelle Williams and actor James Franco
  • Directors Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott were also missed when the 2018 nominations were announced live from Los Angeles on Tuesday, while Greta Gerwig is only the fifth female director nominated in history
  • Shock nominations went to US musician Mary J. Blige, who is the first person to be recognised in an acting category and a musical category in the same year
  • Actress Octavia Spencer also became the first black actress to get multiple follow-up Oscar nominations, following her win in 2012
  • Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is this year banned from the ceremony, after being dropped as a member of the Academy 
  • The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held live from the Dolby Theater in LA on March 4, 2018 and hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for the second time in a row 

The Shape Of Water led the 2018 Academy Awards nominations with 13 nods as this year's contenders were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday, closely followed by Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

In a morning of several surprise nominations and snubs, Christopher Plummer, 88, the actor who replaced disgraced Kevin Spacey at the very last minute, received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his part in All The Money In The World.

Other shock names included, musician Mary J. Blige who received her first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category, and Octavia Spencer who became the first black actress to receive multiple nods ahead of the 90th annual awards.

Angelina Jolie was noticeably snubbed along with All The Money In The World star Michelle Williams and actor James Franco, who has been the subject of multiple sexual harassment claims in Hollywood. 

Intriguing: Fantasy film The Shape Of Water (pictured actors Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer, right) has picked up the most nods at the 2018 Academy Awards, after nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Intriguing: Fantasy film The Shape Of Water (pictured actors Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer, right) has picked up the most nods at the 2018 Academy Awards, after nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis revealed the full list live from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, just under six weeks before the ceremony is due to take place.

The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held live from Los Angeles' Dolby Theater on March 4, 2018 and hosted by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel 

Angelina Jolie's Cambodian drama First They Killed My Father failed to make the list of nods in the Best Foreign Language Film category. 

Directors Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott were also missed when the 2018 nominations were announced.

Tying the record set by Titanic in 1998, 13 nominations for The Shape of Water means the fantasy drama has surpassed awards season buzz.  

The film was recognised in categories including Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, among others. 

Set in the 1950s, the film follows a strange and beautiful relationship between an amphibious creature and a local janitor. 

Tipped for succes: British wartime flick Dunkirk has been recognised in eight categories

Still no arrests: Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri and, pictured, actress Frances McDormand has received six nominations

Still no arrests: Three Billboards Outside Of Ebbing, Missouri and, pictured, actress Frances McDormand has received six nominations

Cinematic brilliance: British wartime flick Darkest Hour, along with its lead actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has been tipped for great things

Cinematic brilliance: British wartime flick Darkest Hour, along with its lead actor Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, has been tipped for great things

Octavia (who plays Zelda Fuller) and co-star Sally Hawkins (in the role of Elisa Esposito) are the standout stars from the production, earning Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress nods, respectively. 

In 2017, Octavia became the first black actress to get a follow-up Oscar nomination after winning in 2012, but on Tuesday she made history by becoming nominated on multiple times. 

As well as notable nods for Best Actor, which went to Gary Oldman, wartime film Darkest Hour got six nominations, compared to eight for fellow Brit flick Dunkirk. 

Biographical drama Darkest Hour follows the early days of Winston Churchill as the British Prime Minister in which he must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Considered one of the biggest and best-received films of the year, Darkest Hour is already the talk of awards season and as such, a strong six nominations went to the production.  

ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2018

BEST ACTOR

Timothee Chalamet - Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis - Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya - Get Out

Gary OIdman - Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington - Roman J. Israel, Esq

BEST 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 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Mary J Blige - Mudbound

Alison Janney - I, Tonya

Lesley Manville - Phanton Thread

Laurie Metcalf - Ladybird

Octavia Spencer - The Shape Of Water

BEST 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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult

Loveless

On Body and Soul

The Square

BEST DOCUMENTARY  SHORT

Edith + Eddie

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405

Heroin(e)

Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places

Icarus

Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 

Mighty River - Mudbound

Mystery Of Love - Call Me by Your Name

Remember Me - Coco 

Stand Up For Something - Marshall

This Is Me - The Greatest Showman 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

BEST ADAPTATED SCREENPLAY

Call Me By Your Name - James Ivory

The Disaster Artist - Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber

Logan - Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly's Game - Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound - Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Big Sick - Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out - Jordan Peele

Lady Bird - Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (story by Guillermo del Toro)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Martin McDonagh

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

BEST DIRECTOR  

Christopher Nolan - Dunkirk 

Jordan Peele - Get Out  

Greta Gerwig - Lady Bird  

Paul Thomas Anderson - Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro - The Shape of Water 

BEST PICTURE  

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

Bladerunner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

Shape of Water

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria and Abdul

BEST SOUND EDITING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Dear Basketball

Garden Party

Lou

Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O'Clock

My Nephew Emmet

The Silent Child

Watu Wota / All of Us 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Blade Runner 2049

Guardian of the Galaxy vol. 2

Kong: Skull Island

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

BEST FILM EDITING

Baby Driver

I,Tonya

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   

 BEST SOUND MIXING

Baby Driver

Blade Runner

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

BEST MAKE UP AND HAIR STYLING

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

With his second Oscars nomination, British lead actor Oldman is hotly-tipped to win the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Churchill.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was his first nomination for Best Actor in 2012, but he is hoping to go onto victory in 2018, following the run of critical acclaim.

Meanwhile, Dunkirk, which stars Tom Hardy, Harry Styles and Mark Rylance, is about the code-named 'Operation Dynamo' evacuation of allied soldiers from the beaches in France during World War II. 

The action film is nominated in the Film Editing, Director, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Best Picture categories, though the ensemble cast has not been recognised.

Crime drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was previously said to be 'steamrollering' through awards season. 

Nominated: Kevin Spacey's acting replacement Christopher Plummer (left, with co-star Mark Wahlberg) scored a Best Actor nod for his part in All The Money In The World

Nominated: Kevin Spacey's acting replacement Christopher Plummer (left, with co-star Mark Wahlberg) scored a Best Actor nod for his part in All The Money In The World

Replaced: Kevin Spacey (pictured right) was pulled from production of All The Money In The World at the very last minute

Replaced: Kevin Spacey (pictured right) was pulled from production of All The Money In The World at the very last minute

The film surrounds grieving mother Mildred Hayes (by actress Frances McDormand) who seeks justice for her daughter's rape and murder.

Dissatisfied with the work of the local police department, enraged Mildred constructs three unmissable billboards on the road leading out of Ebbing, designed to ask the major questions about the lacklustre investigation. 

Biopic I, Tonya, which premiered in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday is the much-talked about skating film starring Margot Robbie as competitive ice skater Tonya Harding.  

For the film, the Australian leading actress has received her first ever acting nomination, five years after the success of her breakout role in Wolf Of Wall Street.

Up against her, Ladybird's leading lady Saoirse Ronan is hoping it will be third time lucky, as she is named in the Best Actress category, against The Shape of Water's Hawkins, Three Billboards' Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep for The Post, which will be her 21st nomination in total.

There was triumph for Ladybird in the Best Director category, as Greta Gerwig became the first female to pick up a nomination in eight years, with her four-times nominated teen film. 

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