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It’s a rare occurrence, but this year a genre film leads the pack for the Academy Awards– Guillermo del Toro‘s homage to ‘The Creature From the Black Lagoon’, ‘The Shape of Water’.  The film earned a total of 13 nominations; the most of any film this year.  This film earned nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, Best Supporting Actor for Richard Jenkins and Best Original Screenplay for del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, among others.

Jordan Peele’s topical horror movie ‘Get Out’ also garnered several prestigious nods, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Unfortunately, many will be disappointed that ‘Wonder Woman’ was completely snubbed, even in the technical categories, where genre films continue to dominate.  While Patty Jenkins was not recognized in the Best Director category, one female was– Greta Gerwig for her film ‘Lady Bird’.

However, another comic book movie, ‘Logan’ managed to earn a nomination in one of the bigger categories, Best Adapted Screenplay.  Also perhaps disappointing to many, Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ was relegated to the technical side, along with the likes of ‘Beauty & the Beast’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and even ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2’.

Del Toro has already taken home the Best Director award from the Golden Globes.  Can he repeat at the Oscars?  ‘The Shape of Water‘ also earned a Golden Globe for Best Score for Alexandre Desplat, who is once again nominated here.  Desplat has also won numerous regional awards as well, so it looks like his is the score to beat.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Best Picture

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

“The Post”

“Call Me by Your Name”

“Darkest Hour”


“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Shape of Water”

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 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.”

Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Octavia Spencer, “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 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 Original Screenplay

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

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

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

Best Adapted 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 Animated Feature

“The Boss Baby”

“The Breadwinner”



“Loving Vincent”

Best Animated Short Film

“Dear Basketball”

“Garden Party”


“Negative Space”

“Revolting Rhymes”

Best Live Action Short Film

“DeKalb Elementary”

“The Eleven O’Clock”

“My Nephew Emmett”

“The Silent Child”

“Watu Wote/All of Us”

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”


“Kayayo: The Living Shopping Baskets”

“Knife Skills”

“Traffic Stop”

Best Foreign Language Film

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile)

“The Insult” (Lebanon)

“Loveless” (Russia)

“On Body and Soul (Hungary)

“The Square” (Sweden)

Best Cinematography

“Blade Runner 2049”

“Darkest Hour”



“The Shape of Water”

Best Film Editing

“Baby Driver”


“I, Tonya”

“The Shape of Water”

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Sound Editing

“Baby Driver”

“Blade Runner 2049”


“The Shape of Water”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Best Sound Mixing

“Baby Driver”

“Blade Runner 2049”


“The Shape of Water”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

Best Production Design

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Blade Runner 2049”

“Darkest Hour”

“The Shape of Water”


Best 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

Best Original Song

“Mighty River” from “Mudbound”

“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”

“Remember Me” from “Coco”

“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

Best Costume Design

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Darkest Hour”

“Phantom Thread”

“The Shape of Water”

“Victoria and Abdul”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Darkest Hour”

“Victoria & Abdul”


Best 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”

The Academy Awards will be handed out on March 4 on ABC.  Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony.

Source: The Huffington Post