Oscars 2018: "Shape of Water" leads with 13 nominations

Lawrence Kim
January 28, 2018

Peele got nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for his work in the critically acclaimed movie Get Out.

This year's Academy Awards will certainly be an interesting one, as the shadow of Harvey Weinstein will bear over the ceremony, as well as all of the other stars who were outed as sexual perverts as the Weinstein effect spread and all of those fearless men and women came forward with allegations against damn near all of them.

It's not unusual to see Meryl Streep and the words "Academy Award" in the same sentence, but the Hollywood veteran notably beat her own record for most acting nominations. If Gerwig wins, she'll become only the second woman in the history of the Academy to win an Oscar for Best Director.

"The Shape of Water", Guillermo del Toro's ode to sci-fi fantasies of years past, garnered the most nominations of the year with an astonishing 13 nominations, including that of Best Picture. "It is also quite a day for my son Alfie Oldman - having both parents nominated in the same year".

These topics appear to have had an impact on this year's nominations, which are largely free of embarrassing exclusions and the kind of all-white line-ups that led to the #OscarsSoWhite campaign on social media.

The dark drama is one of the favourites for best picture, and winning that without a best director nomination certainly isn't impossible - Ben Affleck managed it with Argo in 2013.

"Right now I'm just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to", Peele tweeted in response to his film's four nominations. The performance earned him a supporting actor nod, and at 88, Plummer is now the oldest actor to ever be nominated.

Also, Christopher Nolan's nomination for Best Director for "Dunkirk" is his first ever, which seems astounding, since he's everybody's favourite director at the moment and all of his films, from "Inception" to "The Dark Knight" to "Interstellar" to "Memento", have been ludicrously well-received. With Greta Gerwig's nomination for "Lady Bird" do you think there was a conscious or unconscious push by the academy to include a female in this category? The previous Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, went out of her way to recruit a more diverse new round of voters.

Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"; Allison Janney,"I, Tonya"; Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"; Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"; Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water".

The nine-time Grammy victor co-wrote Mighty River for the film, which is also recognised for its adapted screenplay.

James Franco won a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist but perhaps allegations of sexual misconduct derailed his chances for The Disaster Artist (Oscar voting closed just days after the story hit so it's tough to gauge how much of an impact it had). This year too, we may see him again feuding with his frenemy, Matt Damon. Sci-fi movie "Avatar", still the biggest box office movie of all time, received a best picture nomination in 2010 but lost out to "The Hurt Locker".

Get Out, the horror film starring British actor Daniel Kaluuya (pictured), performed better than some expected. Tom Hanks didn't make the cut for his turn in The Post, Jessica Chastain for Molly's Game, Jake Gyllenhaal for Stronger, Hong Chau for Downsizing, Tiffany Haddish for Girls Trip, Judi Dench for Victoria & Abdul, Jason Mitchell for Mudbound, Sebastian Stan for I, Tonya, and Emma Stone and Steve Carell for Battle of the Sexes.

Jimmy Kimmel will return to host this year's ceremony, to be held on 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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