Deciphering the 2018 Oscar Nominations Kam Williams January 31, 2018 Buzz, Features The Shape of Water Leads Race with Lucky 13 Nominations: Weinstein, Spacey and Franco Conspicuously Absent The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s surreal, cross-species love story landed the most Academy Award nominations (13), including for Best Director, Picture and Original Screenplay, as well as trio of acting categories. Dunkirk (8) was next, followed by Three Billboards (7), Darkest Hour (6) and Phantom Thread (6). Up for Oscars are some familiar faces, like Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Jr.) and perennial-nominee Meryl Streep (The Post). Meanwhile, conspicuously absent from the roster are a number of disgraced Hollywood icons whose careers went up in flames in the wake of rape allegations. There’s Harvey Weinstein who, for years, had been a fixture on the aisle on Oscar night. But this go-round, The Weinstein Company’s entire slate was snubbed, most notably, the critically-acclaimed and strategically-released Wind River. Just a couple weeks ago, James Franco was the toast of Tinseltown after winning a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist. Since then, several women stepped forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Now, it’s his career that’s a disaster, suffering such a precipitous fall from grace that he didn’t even earn an Academy Award nomination. The voters showed little love to Baby Driver, this critic’s pick for No. 1 film of the year, giving it only a handful of nominations in technical categories. In this case, you can blame #MeToo casualty Kevin Spacey for torpedoing the summer sleeper’s Oscar chances right along with his own. At least that picture got released. The same can’t be said for Louis C.K.’s, I Love You, Daddy, whose premiere was postponed indefinitely after he admitted to some pretty bizarre, unwanted behavior in front of five different women. For those still in the running, the 90th Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, Mar. 4. The show will be staged at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. But don’t surprised if one or two nominees get knocked out of contention for sexual peccadilloes that come to the surface between now and Oscar night. Complete List of 2018 Academy Award Nominees 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 ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE 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. ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE 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 ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE 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 ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Allison Janney, I, Tonya, Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water BEST DIRECTOR 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 FILM The Boss Baby Breadwinner Coco Ferdinand Loving Vincent DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Abacus: Small Enough to Jail Faces, Places Icarus Last Men In Aleppo Strong Island DOCUMENTARY SHORT Edith+Eddie Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 Heroin(e) Knife Skills Traffic Stop FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM A Fantastic Woman, Chile The Insult, Lebanon Loveless, Russia On Body and Soul, Hungary The Square, Sweden WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) Call Me by Your Name The Disaster Artist Logan Molly‘s Game Mudbound WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) The Big Sick Get Out Ladybird The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ORIGINAL SONG “Mighty River,” Mudbound “Mystery of Love,” Call Me by Your Name “Remember Me,” Coco “Stand Up for Something,” Marshall “This is Me,” The Greatest Showman PRODUCTION DESIGN Beauty and the Beast Blade Runner 2049 The Darkest Hour Dunkirk The Shape of Water CINEMATOGRAPHY Blade Runner 2049 Darkest Hour Dunkirk Mudbound The Shape of Water COSTUME DESIGN Beauty and the Beast Darkest Hour Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Victoria & Abdul SOUND EDITING Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi SOUND MIXING Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049 Dunkirk The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) Dunkirk Phantom Thread The Shape of Water Star Wars: The Last Jedi Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) Dear Basketball Garden Party Negative Space Lou Revolting Rhymes SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) DeKalb Elementary The Eleven O‘Clock The Silent Child All of Us My Nephew Emmet 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 FILM EDITING Baby Driver Dunkirk I, Tonya The Shape of Water Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Darkest Hour Victoria & Abdul Wonder Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.