The Shape of Water and Dunkirk top the 90th Academy Awards nominations; Margot Robbie leads the Aussie charge

After months of speculation, the 90th Academy Awards finally have their nominees – with The Shape of Water dominating the tally, sitting with an impressive 13 nominations. And no film even comes close to matching its domination.

Sitting behind it, with eight nominations, the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk has some out swinging with a Best Picture and Best Director nod, alongside its run of anticipated technical nominations. Expect it to walk away with a couple before of trophies the night is over – and don’t count out Nolan for Director! Aussie editor Lee Smith also managed a nomination for his work on the film.

Another Aussie to accept a nomination – while she was in Sydney for the film’s premiere – was Margot Robbie, who alongside Alison Janney has been nominated for her work on I, Tonya. The film also picked up a nod for Best Editing. And we can expect Hugh Jackman to sing at the March 4th award ceremony as The Greatest Showman has a nomination for Best Original Song. We also have Aussies in for Best Short Film – Derin Seale and Josh Lawson’s The Eleven O’ Clock.

The Churchill biopic Darkest Hour enjoys five nominations, including Best Picture and a nod for Gary Oldman, who is favourite to win his first ever Academy Award. Three Billboards… which is expected to take home awards for Best Actress Frances McDormand, and Best Supporting Actor in Sam Rockwell – has seven nominations.

Lady Bird fans will be thrilled to see the film picked up five nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, Greta Gerwig. The first time Director was widely tipped for a nomination after her critically acclaimed debut, though missed out at the Golden Globes, where she won a Best Picture trophy. She’s only the fifth female director ever to be nominated in the category, and the first after an eight year drought. Also sitting in that category, in what is a huge surprise for many, is the inclusion of Jordan Peele, the director of Get Out. Similarly, he’s only the fifth African American to be nominated in the category. His film captured four nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya.

Indie musician Sufjan Stevens can add “Oscar Nominee” to his CV after being nominated for Best Original Song for Call Me By Your Name. The film has four nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor – though many were surprised that Arnie Hammer didn’t receive a nomination. Speaking of musicians, Mary J. Blige has been nominated TWICE for her work in Mudbound, as an actor and songwriter, and Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood has been nominated for his score of Phantom Thread, which among its six nominations has Best Picture, Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson (yet another surprise in a category which is anyone’s to win) and Best Actor Daniel-Day Lewis.

A few surprises can be found as you delve deeper into the list. There’s Logan‘s unexpected Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, The Big Sick‘s much lauded Original Screenplay nod and Woody Harrelson‘s inclusion in Best Supporting Actor for his work in Three Billboards – seeing him going up against category favourite Sam Rockwell. Molly’s Game also managed one nomination for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin – though star Jessica Chastain missed out on a Best Actress nod.

Though it missed out on a Best Picture nomination, Netflix film Mudbound still made history, with Rachel Morrison becoming the first female to be nominated for Best Cinematography, among the film’s four nominations. That’s right. The first, ever. As great as this is, we’re hoping Roger Deakins finally gets his Cinematography Oscar, for Blade Runner 2049. With this, his 14th nomination, is this year finally his for the taking? There may be riots in the streets if not. Some had anticipated a 2049 Best Picture nomination, though the film still managed five nods across the technical categories.

Of the most noticeable exclusions, Wonder Woman was expected to make an appearance – an underdog for Director, but predominately in the technical categories. However it missed out entirely. Baby Driver and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, meanwhile, received three and four technical nominations, respectively.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best Picture
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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

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

Actor in a Leading Role
Timothee 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.

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

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

Animated Feature Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Original Screenplay
The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)
Get Out (Jordan Peele)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

Adapted Screenplay
Call Me by Your Name (James Ivory)
The Disaster Artist (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber)
Logan (Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green)
Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin)
Mudbound (Dee Rees & Virgil Williams)

Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
On Body and Soul
The Square

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

Original Song
“Mighty River” (Mudbound)
“The Mystery of Love” (Call Me by Your Name)
“Remember Me” (Coco)
“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)
“This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

Documentary Short Subject
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

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

Blade Runner 2049 (Roger Deakins)
Darkest Hour (Bruno Delbonnel)
Dunkirk (Hoyte van Hoytema)
Mudbound (Rachel Morrison)
The Shape of Water (Dan Laustsen)

Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast (Jacqueline Durran)
Darkest Hour (Jacqueline Durran)
Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)
The Shape of Water (Luis Sequeira)
Victoria & Abdul (Consolata Boyle)

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

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

Film Editing
Baby Driver (Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss)
Dunkirk (Lee Smith)
I, Tonya (Tatiana S. Riegel)
The Shape of Water (Sidney Wolinsky)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Jon Gregory)

Animated Short Film
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

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

Original Score
Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)
Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood)
The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

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

The Oscars will be announced in Los Angeles with returning host Jimmy Kimmel on March 4th (March 5th Australian time). More details are available at


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