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2018 Oscar Nominations Are Here

Roll out the red carpet, get the teary acceptance speeches ready, and for the love of god, somebody please check the envelopes. Hollywood’s biggest awards night, The Oscars, is on the horizon, and the nominations are now in for this year’s crop of top-tier films.

The 2018 ceremony is looking to be a good night for The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Guillermo Del Toro’s swooning inter-species romance has bagged 13 nods, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Richard Jenkins, and Original Screenplay. Christopher Nolan’s war survival film has snagged him eight nominations, including his first ever Best Director nod, with Dunkirk up for eight categories overall. Meanwhile Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards has seven nominations, with Best Picture and Best Actress for Frances McDormand in the mix.

Faring exceptionally well as a genre film, Jordan Peele’s satirical horror-thriller Get Out made an impact in all the major categories — Peele himself is up for Best Director, the film has got a Best Picture nod, and Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Actor. Blade Runner 2049 also came away with five awards, mostly in the technical categories, as did Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Greta Gerwig is in with a shot of Best Director this year, meaning it’s not a repeat of the Golden Globes’ “all-male nominees”, while Lady Bird is up for Best Picture as well as Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan. Darkest Hour has six nominations, including Best Actor for Gary Oldman, and one of three spots in the Make-up category for Oldman’s jaw-dropping transformation into Winston Churchill. Phantom Thread fared well with six nominations, including Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson, Best Actor for Daniel Day Lewis in his alleged final ever screen role, and Jonny Greenwood’s score.

Former Oscar hopefuls who failed to pick up much recognition include Wonder Woman, The Disaster Artist, Molly’s Game, and All the Money in the World — though Christopher Plummer’s final-hour re-shoot performance in Ridley Scott’s thriller has earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Otherwise notable is Logan’s appearance in Adapted Screenplay, The Boss Baby crawling into the Best Animated Feature category, and The Big Sick getting welcome recognition for its Original Screenplay.

Will The Shape of Water flood the deck and scoop all the biggest prizes? Or will Three Billboards continue its winning campaign and bag those shiny gold statues? Find out on Sunday March 4 when the ceremony takes place.

Have a look at the full list of nominees below.

Best Picture
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape Of Water
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 Actress
Sally Hawkins - The Shape Of Water
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Saorise 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
Leslie Manville - Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf - Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer - The 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 Original Screenplay
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly's Game
Mudbound

Best Film Editing
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Animated Feature
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

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

Best Make-Up and Hairstyling
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

Best Sound Mixing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Editing
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Best Original Score
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Song
Remember Me - Coco
Mystery of Love - Call Me By Your Name
This Is Me - The Greatest Showman
Mighty River - Mudbound
Stand Up For Something - Marshall

Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman (Chile)
On Body and Soul (Hungary)
The Insult (Lebanon)
Loveless (Russia)
The Square (Sweden)

Best Documentary Feature
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Documentary Short 
Edith & Eddie
Heaven is a Traffic Jam
Heroin(e)
Knifeskills
Traffic Stop

Best Live-Action Short
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O'Clock
My Nephew Emmett
The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Best Animated Short
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

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