Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

Shape of Water leads Oscar nominations

Darren Sullivan
January 24, 2018

"It's a landmark year", del Toro told EW. (That's what's going on in the chart above.) This year, the front-runner is easy to spot: With a major win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and more cumulative points than six of the previous 10 winners (at this point in the Oscars race), 1997 best actress victor McDormand is a clear favorite.

Following months of headlines about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond, and campaigns for female empowerment, women and their stories resonated with the 8,000 voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Anderson likely displaced not only Steven Spielberg ("The Post") but Martin McDonagh, the director of the film many have tapped to win best picture, "Three Billboards". Oldman is already the victor of the 75th Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Drama Award and the Outstanding Male Actor in a Motion Picture of the 24th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards in this Hollywood awards season for his stunning portrayal of Winston Churchill in the British biographical war picture "Darkest Hour".

The fantasy romance "The Shape of Water" led the way at Tuesday's Academy Award nominations with 13, including Best Picture, Best Director for Guillermo Del Toro, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins and Best Supporting Actor for Richard Jenkins.

The film hit Mexican cinemas two weekends ago, rising to the top of the domestic box office and earning 61.2 million pesos (just under USA $3.5 million) on its opening weekend.

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You can root against them at this year's Oscar ceremony, at 6:30 p.m. EST on March 4 on ABC. The Best Picture nominations might also have included "The Florida Project", Sean Baker's stunning portrait of poverty in America, which will be represented only by Willem Dafoe, who received a Supporting Actor nomination. Bigelow is the only woman to take home the honor in the show's 89-year history. The horror movie was his directorial debut and it also received nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Original Screenplay. Should she win, she'd have four awards.

Elsewhere, in what was quietly the biggest news to come from the nomination announcement, Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated in the Best Cinematography category for her work on Mudbound.

This year's Oscar nominations, announced overnight, were a charged affair. Which still gives films like Get Out, Lady Bird, and even Dunkirk a real fighting chance at winning the top prize.

■Woody Harrelson earned his third Oscar nomination (following previous noms for "The People Vs. Larry Flynt" and "The Messenger") for his role in "Three Billboards", taking a Best Supporting Actor slot that was thought to be going to either Armie Hammer or Michael Stuhlbarg for "Call Me By Your Name". With a movie that combines so many genres emotionally, none of these things were easy or safe.

Best Actor nominees are: Timothee 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". Having Haddish mispronounce "Luca Guadagnino", then mispronounce it again, while Serkis looks on in amusement helped make up for the fact that nobody's gotten enough sleep.