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2018 Oscar nominations: 'Shape of Water' leads with 13, 'Dunkirk', 'Three Billboards' follow

Stills of movies: 'Dunkirk' (right), 'The Shape of Water' (centre) and 'Three Billboards' (left). Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team USA Jan 23, 2018, 02.59 PM (IST)

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards announced late Tuesday night (India time), revealing which movies of 2017 made it to the coveted list. 

Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" leads the nomination list with 13 nominations, including Best Picture. The mystical romantic film is just one short of making the record for the most in Academy Awards history. 

It is a low-budget fantasy about a mute janitor who falls in love with an imprisoned sea creature. 

Following the romantic film, is Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" on the historical battle on Dunkirk beach during World War time. Dunkirk received a total of eight nominations including Best Picture. 

Emerging strong as an Oscar contender, based on the real-life incident, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” got nominated in seven categories, including one for Best Picture. 

"Lady Bird" with its nuanced mother-daughter relationship and self-confident central character also found a place in the nominations. 

Among nominations for best performances, Frances McDormand, a four-time nominee and a winner for “Fargo” in 1997, was nominated for her lead performance in “Three Billboards.” She won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for the role.

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Completing the list were Saoirse Ronan for “Lady Bird,” Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water,” Margot Robbie for “I, Tonya” and Meryl Streep for “The Post”.

In Best Actor category, Gary Oldman’s performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour”, Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name”, Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out”, Daniel Day-Lewis in “Phantom Thread” and Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” were nominated.

It is interesting to note that James Franco from “The Disaster Artist” was left out. His inclusion would have started a debate around his accusations and the Academy made a smart move by not nominating him. 

For Best Director, the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water” made it along with Paul Thomas Anderson for “Phantom Thread” and Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”.