The Shape Of Water is Oscar Front Runner

Greta Gerwig gets a Best Director nomination

by Jennie Kermode

The Shape Of Water has 13 nominations
The Shape Of Water has 13 nominations

The Shape Of Water came close to a record in today's Oscar nominatons, with 13 in total, while Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri also made a strong showing, with eight and seven nods respectively. Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman ever to be nominated as Best Director, for Lady Bird, which is also among the Best Picture nominees. Roger Deakins got his 14th nomination in the Cinematography category, for Blade Runner 2049 - he has yet to win - while Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever nominated in that category, for Mudbound. Meryl Streep got her 17th Best Actress nomination (her 21st altogether) for The Post.

It was a particularly strong year for genre film, not just because of The Shape Of Water's success but because Blade Runner 2049 - whose screenwriter, Hampton Fancher, recently spoke to us about it - got an impressive 5 nominations and Star Wars: The Last Jedi got 4. Get Out, orginally marketed as horror, joined Guillermo Del Toro's opus on the Best Picture list and also picked up nominations for Best Actor (for Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Original Screenplay.

Those nominations in full:-

Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Documentary

Best Short Film (Live Action)

Best Short Film (Animation)

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Best Short Film (Documentary)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production Design

Best Visual Effects

Best Costume Design

Best Make-up and Hairstyling

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Best Original Score

Best Original Song

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