‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Dunkirk’ lead Oscar nominations

Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaner in Oscar hot favourite "The Shape of Water."

The Shape of Water, a fantasy romance between a mute woman and an amphibious creature, has 13 nominations including best picture in this year’s Hollywood Oscars.

Its female star, Sally Hawkins, is among the best actress contenders while its Spanish director, Guillermo del Toro, is also in contention.

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, released in July, has eight nominations, including best picture and director, while crime thriller Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has seven.

In a first, cinematography Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated in her profession for the Netflix production Mudbound.

Greta Gerwig, director of Lady Bird, breaks a seven-year drought since a woman was nominated in that category.

Notably absent from the list of nominees is James Franco, the star and director of The Disaster Artist, who has been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of his Golden Globe win.

The Disaster Artist, based on the story of the world’s worst film-maker, scored just one Oscar nomination, for adapted screenplay.

In other nominations, best-actor contenders include Gary Oldman, for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Timothée Chalamet as a teenager in Call Me by My Name and Phantom Thread lead Daniel Day-Lewis, playing a 1950s London high-fashion designer.

Frances McDormand is also in the race for best actress for her role in Three Billboards, for which she has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

The sole New Zealand-connected nomination is Weta’s visual effects work on War for the Planet of the Apes.

The Oscars will be presented on March 5 (NZ time).

The full list of nominations:

Best motion picture of the year

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

Meryl Streep in The Post

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Timothée Chalamet in Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out

Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington in Roman J Israel, Esq

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Mary J Blige in Mudbound

Allison Janney in I, Tonya

Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Animated feature film

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner



Loving Vincent


Roger A Deakins, Blade Runner 2049

Bruno Delbonnel, Darkest Hour

Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk

Rachel Morrison, Mudbound

Dan Laustsen, The Shape of Water

Costume design

Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast

Jacqueline Durran, Darkest Hour

Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread

Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water

Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul


Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Documentary feature

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Faces Places


Last Men in Aleppo

Strong Island

Documentary short subject


Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405


Knife Skills

Traffic Stop

Film editing

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver

Lee Smith, Dunkirk

Tatiana S Riegel, I, Tonya

Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water

Jon Gregory, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Foreign language film of the year

A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

The Insult (Lebanon)

Loveless (Russia)

On Body and Soul (Hungary)

The Square (Sweden)

Makeup and hairstyling

Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, Darkest Hour

Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard, Victoria & Abdul

Arjen Tuiten, Wonder

Music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk

 Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread

Alexandre Desplat, The Shape of Water

John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Carter Burwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Mighty River” from Mudbound. Music and lyric by Mary J Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson

“Mystery Of Love” from Call Me by Your Name. Music and lyric by Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from Coco. Music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“Stand Up For Something” from Marshall. Music by Diane Warren Lyric by Lonnie R Lynn and Diane Warren

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. Music and lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Production design

Beauty and the Beast Production Design: Sarah Greenwood. Set decoration: Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049 Production design: Dennis Gassner. Set decoration: Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour Production design: Sarah Greenwood. Set decoration: Katie Spencer

Dunkirk Production design: Nathan Crowley. Set decoration: Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water Production design: Paul Denham Austerberry. Set decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin

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

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

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

Adapted screenplay

Call Me by Your Name

The Disaster Artist


Molly’s Game


Original screenplay

The Big Sick

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Dunkirk: A movie that assails the senses but offers little in the way of plot or character development. Forgettable

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I watched Dunkirk, and was very disappointed in it. Mainly, it did not show how massive an operation it was, and two of its main stars were a cowardly deserter who then tried to jump the queue to get back to Britain, and a fighter pilot who spent most of his time just flying around

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Yes it was a strange film. I think it was the way it was filmed. The director tried to make it look too realistic, and it failed because of that.

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My interest in Hollywood and its offerings is zero since the disgusting behaviors of some of its constituents have come to light and the equally disgusting witch hunt by high decibel victim engineers that followed.

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