“Dunkirk” and “The Shape of Water” lead the impressive 2018 Oscar field

Christopher Nolan’s film was on fire at the Oscar nominations.
Christopher Nolan’s film was on fire at the Oscar nominations.
Image: Warner Bros.
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It’s officially Oscar season. Girls Trip actress Tiffany Haddish and War for the Planet of the Apes actor Andy Serkis announced the Oscar nominees live today (Jan. 23) from the film academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California—and there were a few major surprises.

The Shape of Water led all films with 13 total nominations. It also received the rare honor of nominations in every single technical category:

Dunkirk and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also performed well, garnering eight and seven nominations, respectively.

The biggest surprise was Phantom Thread, which was nominated for best picture and best director (Paul Thomas Anderson) despite most awards pundits predicting it’d get left behind.

It was also a relatively good day for Netflix, as its World War II period drama Mudbound nabbed the streaming service its first-ever Oscar nominations outside the documentary categories. It was nominated for best cinematography—Rachel Morrison became the first woman in Oscar history to be nominated for the award—in addition to best supporting actress (Mary J. Blige), best adapted screenplay, and best original song.

Some other interesting trivia tidbits that emerged from nominations day: 88-year-old Christopher Plummer became the oldest person to receive an acting nomination, and Logan became the first superhero comic book movie in history to receive a screenplay nod.

Below are all the major categories. For the full list of nominations, go to

90th Academy Awards best picture nominees

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“The Shape of Water”
Image: Fox Searchlight
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape of Water
  • Lady Bird
  • Get Out
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Darkest Hour

90th Academy Awards best director nominees

“Lady Bird”
“Lady Bird”
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Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

90th Academy Awards best actress nominees

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Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”
Image: Neon

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

90th Academy Awards best actor nominees

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Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour”
Image: Focus Features

Daniel Day-Lewis, The Phantom Thread
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

90th Academy Awards best supporting actress nominees

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Mary J. Blige in “Mudbound”
Image: Netflix

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

90th Academy Awards best supporting actor nominees

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Sam Rockwell in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Image: Fox Searchlight

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