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The Shape of Water Leads with 13 Oscar Nominations

23 January, 2018

The small-budget film The Shape of Water has earned 13 Oscar nominations, including one for best picture – the most of any 2017 film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the award nominations in Los Angeles, early Tuesday morning. Eight other films were nominated for best picture including small-budget projects Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Lady Bird.

Three Billboards received a total of nine nominations. The big-budget World War II movie Dunkirk came next with seven nominations, including best picture.

The other candidates for the top academy award are Get Out, The Post, Darkest Hour, Call Me By Your Name and Phantom Thread.

Greta Gerwig, who directed Lady Bird, became the fifth woman nominated for best director. Get Out director Jordan Peele was the fifth African-American director so honored.

Rachel Morrison, director of photography for the movie Mudbound, made history as the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar in cinematography.

Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination for her work in The Post. She plays former Washington Post newspaper publisher Katharine Graham. Streep has won three Oscars, one fewer than Katherine Hepburn.

Christopher Plummer received a best supporting actor nomination for his part in All the Money in the World. Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey who was removed from the movie after accusations of sexual wrongdoing. Plummer was added to the film in reshoots little more than a month before the film's release.

Filmmaker Rachel Morrison
Filmmaker Rachel Morrison

Winners will be named at the Academy Awards ceremony March 4 in Hollywood, California. More than 30 million people are expected to watch the live television broadcast of the event.

Last year, the broadcast ended with an envelope mix-up that led to La La Land being wrongly announced as the best picture winner. Officials quickly corrected the mistake and presented the award to makers of the film Moonlight.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has barred those who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show.

I'm Jonathan Evans.


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.

Daniel Kaluuya
Daniel Kaluuya


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

Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer


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

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan


Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer


Blade Runner 2049, Roger A. Deakins

Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound, Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen


Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Torro

Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig


A Fantasic Woman, Chile

The Insult, Lebanon

Loveless, Russia

On Body and Soul, Hungary

The Square, Sweden


Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Hai Do adapted this story for Learning English based on AP news reports. Caty Weaver was the editor.

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Words in This Story

cinematography - n. the art, process or job of filming movies