The Shape of Water Leads the 2018 Oscar Nominees


G Del T must be a happy man right now as The Shape of Water continued its awards season surge this morning with the announcement of the 90th Annual Academy Award nominations. The movie leads the pack with a total of 13 nominations, followed by Dunkirk with eight and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with seven. Overall, there weren’t too many surprises, although some people seem shocked that James Franco did not get nominated for The Disaster Artist (Denzel got in for Roman J. Israel, Esq. instead). It was nice to see Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread getting a lot of love in several major categories, while Logan even managed to get a nod for Adapted Screenplay. Perhaps the biggest controversy is the fact that Martin McDonagh was left out of the Best Director category, but I think people will be mostly thrilled that both Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig did get nominated. What do you think of this year’s Oscar nominations? Check out the full list after the jump.

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,” Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
“The Breadwinner,” Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
“Coco,” Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
“Ferdinand,” Carlos Saldanha
“Loving Vincent,” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:
“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
“Garden Party,” Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
“Lou,” Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
“Negative Space,” Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

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,” Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
“Faces Places,” JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda
“Icarus,” Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
“Last Men in Aleppo,” Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
“Strong Island,” Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:
“Edith+Eddie,” Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” Frank Stiefel
“Heroin(e),” Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
“Knife Skills,” Thomas Lennon
“Traffic Stop,” Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:
“DeKalb Elementary,” Reed Van Dyk
“The Eleven O’Clock,” Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
“My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr.
“The Silent Child,” Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
“Watu Wote/All of Us,” Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

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, Nelson Ferreira
“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,” Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
“Blade Runner 2049,” Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
“Darkest Hour,” Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
“Dunkirk,” Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
“The Shape of Water,” Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

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,” Jacqueline Durran
“Darkest Hour,” Jacqueline Durran
“Phantom Thread,” Mark Bridges
“The Shape of Water,” Luis Sequeira
“Victoria and Abdul,” Consolata Boyle

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

Around the Web:

  • Samb

    Would have liked to see Tiffany Haddish get a supporting nomination instead of Janney, whose character was cartoonish in a bad way (she’ll probably win).

  • Jameson

    The Florida Project should’ve gotten more love, especially in the Best Pic category. Also hope Blade Runner 2049 wins everything it’s nominated for.

  • Corey Pierce

    The Boss Baby being nominated and Your Name *NOT* being nominated is the biggest snub by a country mile.

  • Dirk Gently

    No Best Picture nomination for Blade Runner. Very disappointed, but then how relevant are the Academy Awards anyway?

  • Sean

    I had a quick look and it seems like Your Name would have been up for last year’s Oscars because they had a qualifying run in L.A. in Dec. 2016.

  • DrewNugent

    It’s awesome to see Phantom Thread nominated for so much.

  • Jake

    And a bummer to see Three Billboards only get 4 noms. Although I’m sure it is still the front runner for best picture, would have been nice to see a director nom for McDonagh.

  • Jake

    Not sure why I said 4. It got 7. I feel better now.

  • Stanley Puberick

    did you happen to see her speech at the new york critic awards? it was epic. i think alison wilmore from filmspotting svu uploaded it to youtube.

  • Stanley Puberick

    they have the option of doing 10, why not just go for it? i’ll never understand the academy, even the cool, new one.

  • Stanley Puberick

    not very. people usually only win if they have a good campaign, which takes a lot of interviewing and ass-kissing, so usually people who have great agents and PR people tend to win unless the performance transcends having to campaign. frances mcdormand never campaigns, and i think she could very possibly win best actress because her performance in that is so beloved.

  • Jameson

    What I find most fascinating is Shape of Water and Three Billboards are looking like the two frontrunners for Best Picture, and both have something working against them. Three Billboards is actually more divisive than these various awards shows have lead on and Shape of Water is already appearing like the La La Land of this year with the number of votes which will inevitably lead to some backlash. I would love it if something like Get Out stole the victory, but the Academy seldom picks “genre” films.

  • Gary Oldman is probably a lock. Which is too bad because I think Timothée Chalamet and Daniel Day-Lewis put up more impressive performances.

  • Tommy

    There’s a backlash on Shape of Water?

  • Tommy

    No noms for Mother! is crazy bullshit.

  • Cinephallus

    Random thoughts on a pretty solid year:


    Best Director category is perfect. No SPIELBERG, no SCOTT and no MCDONAGH. Excellent choices.

    Glad to see PHANTOM THREAD and GET OUT get some love. They’ll get shutout; best shot is PT for it’s amazing score.

    DEAKINS is a lock.

    WONDER WOMAN was over-ratted. Entertaining flick, but let’s pump the breaks a bit, Twitter.

  • Nobody

    Although it’s nice to see one or two token nominations for lesser known animated films each year, there’s still something seriously wrong with that category when you know beforehand that The Boss Baby has a better shot at being nominated than something like A Silent Voice. Octavia Spencer from Shape of Water also baffles me. Oscars in general are trash and the show is extremely boring, but I pay attention to them anyways. There’s something wrong with me.

  • wosko

    Different topic but thought I’d share for those that haven’t seen this before (I only stumbled across this yesterday and it’s pretty funny!)

    This is apparently the exact moment when Harrison Ford accidentally hit ‘The Goz’ during their punch-up scene in BR2049.
    Look at their faces! haha

  • Brian.M

    I think the end of The Florida Project really could’ve been handled better. As it stands it sort of undermined everything that came before it.

  • Jameson

    Maybe not yet. I was more alluding to the fact that La La Land also had the most nominations last year and ended up not winning so this could follow a similar trajectory.

  • devolutionary

    That scene could’ve worked in “The Nice Guys”!

  • Dirk Gently

    I agree. Jlaw and ofsky at least. Cinema is dead.

    Also, i would rate Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky above some of the picks.

  • 9No

    Just popping in to say I’m in agreement with posters here saying remove Darkest Hour from Best Picture and add Blade Runner 2049 and The Florida Project.

  • Gerry

    Having fnally seen I Tonya, I found it much better than I was expecting, being very entertaining, funny, touching at times and making the flm’s events seem
    like a tragedy.

    Frances McDormand was great in Three Billboards but if Margot Robbie’s name was read out as best actress winner at the Oscars it wouldn’t seem out of place.

    Fingers crossed for Alison Janney and the wonderful editor too. I heard an interview with the director talking about the huge number of short scenes in the flm but I don’t think I’d even have registered this if I didn’t know about it in advance, as the flm flowed like water because of the great editing.

    Also, based on the flm, America seems to have a really venal class system.