2018 Oscar Nominations: ‘The Shape of Water’ Leads With 13

Also: ‘The Boss Baby’ is now an Academy Award nominee.
Shape Of Water
By  · Published on January 23rd, 2018

Also: ‘The Boss Baby’ is now an Academy Award nominee.

The nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards have been announced. As expected, The Shape of Water leads all films with 13 nominations. The other two pictures with significant total nods are Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MissouriThe Best Picture field is wide open with nine titles contending for the biggest prize of all.

There are some interesting achievements here to take note of:

Lady Bird helmer Greta Gerwig became the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director after being snubbed at the Golden Globes and did so with her solo feature debut.

Get Out‘s Jordan Peele, the fifth black director to be nominated in the same category, is also up for his first feature.

Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography for her work on Mudbound.

Agnes Varda, recognized for Best Documentary Feature with Faces Places, and James Ivory, up for Best Adapted Screenplay for Call Me By Your Name, both became the oldest Oscar nominees ever at age 89 — though Varda is the technical record holder by being just one week older than Ivory.

John Williams topped his own record for most nominations by a currently living person by earning his 51st nod with his score for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

The Shape of Water
Get Out
Lady Bird
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Phantom Thread
The Post
Darkest Hour
Call Me by Your Name

Best Director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Best Actor in a Leading Role

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.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep, The Post
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito
The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo
Coco, Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson
Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha
Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart

Documentary Feature

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman
Faces Places, Agnes Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda
Icarus, Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan
Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, and Soren Steen Jespersen
Strong Island, Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes

Documentary Short Subject

Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkaway and Thomas Lee Wright
Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel
Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon
Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon
Traffic Stop, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman, Chili
Loveless, Russia
The Insult, Lebanon
The Square, Sweden
On Body and Soul, Hungary

Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank and James Mangold and Michael Green, Story by James Mangold
Molly’s Game, Arron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

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

Original Song

Mighty River from Mudbound, Maru J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Mystery of Love from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens
Remember Me from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Stand Up for Something from Marshall, Diane Warren and Lonnie R. Lynn
This is Me from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

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


Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel
Dunkirk, Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mudbound, Rachel Morrison
The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Film Editing

Baby Driver
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul


Production Design

Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water

Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Live Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Sound Editing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049

The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

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