"The Shape of Water" dominated the nominations announcement for the 90th Academy Awards on Tuesday morning. Guillermo del Toro's grown-up fairy tale romance between a mute woman and a misunderstood aquatic monster landed 13 nods, one shy of the record. The fantasy is up for best picture, best director for Guillermo del Toro, best screenplay and acting awards for Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins, in addition to a number of technical categories.
Not far behind was "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan's war epic, which landed eight noms, including best picture, director and cinematography, but no acting prizes.
"Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" has been gaining steam over the course of an awards season that has seen it win big prizes at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards. That movie, about a woman who takes on the police after the murder of her daughter, is up for seven prizes, including best picture, director, lead actress for Frances McDormand and two supporting actor nominations, for Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.
The Oscars made history Tuesday morning with the nomination of "Mudbound" cinematographer Rachel Morrison. She's the first woman to be nominated in that category.
Jimmy Kimmel will once again be hosting the ceremony - no doubt doing everything he can to make sure the correct winners are announced after last year's "La La Land"-"Moonlight" debacle. We'll see if he can pull it off March 4 on ABC.
Nominations (by movie):
"The Shape of Water" - 13
"Dunkirk" - 8
"Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri" - 7
"Darkest Hour" - 6
"Phantom Thread" - 6
"Blade Runner 2049″ - 5
"Lady Bird" - 5
"Call Me by Your Name" - 4
"Get Out" - 4
"Mudbound" - 4
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - 4
The list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
"The Shape of Water"
"Call Me By Your Name"
Immediate reaction: Despite some controversy, "Three Billboards" is coming into the Oscars race with major momentum, after sweeping the SAG Awards and taking home the Golden Globe for best drama. But it has stiff competition from "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro's fantastical romance, which is up for more awards.
Also notable: The nomination of Jordan Peele's "Get Out," which isn't your typical awards contender. The sleeper hit horror film was considered by some to be a genre movie, which may be how it ended up nominated as a comedy at the Golden Globes. This nomination is a testament to its impressive genre-bending and satirical brilliance.
Best actress in a leading role
Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Saoirse Ronan, "Lady Bird"
Sally Hawkins, "The Shape of Water"
Margot Robbie, "I, Tonya"
Meryl Streep, "The Post"
Immediate reaction: Like the best actor race, this competition seems pretty much locked with McDormand taking home the award for her role as an enraged mother trying to get to the bottom of her daughter's brutal murder. On Sunday, McDormand won the SAG Award for her portrayal just weeks after taking home the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama. If there's a long shot runner-up, it's Saoirse Ronan, who took home the equivalent prize for comedy.
Best actor in a leading role
Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Phantom Thread"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out"
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Immediate reaction: We can call this race right now. Oldman's portrayal of Winston Churchill - complete with major prosthetics and spot-on accent - is winning all the awards. The Oscar is all but guaranteed, and it will be Oldman's first.
Meanwhile, this is Day-Lewis's last shot at an Oscar supposedly. He has gone on record saying that "Phantom Thread" was his final film. This is his sixth nomination, and he's won three. Meanwhile there was no love for James Franco in "The Disaster Artist," despite the fact that he was a contender at just about every other awards show. Could this have something to do with the recent allegations of sexually exploitative behavior against him?
Christopher Nolan, "Dunkirk"
Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
Jordan Peele, "Get Out"
Greta Gerwig, "Lady Bird"
Paul Thomas Anderson, "Phantom Thread"
Immediate reaction: Shortly after Natalie Portman poked fun at the all-male director line-up at the Golden Globes, the Oscars has responded with a much more diverse field. Gerwig is now the fifth woman to be nominated for best director, and Peele is the fifth black director.
It may come as a shock that Nolan - the director of "Inception," "Memento" and the "Dark Knight" trilogy - has never won an Oscar. Could this be his year, with his nomination for the war epic "Dunkirk"? Meanwhile, McDonagh may not have the same name recognition as Nolan but the Irish writer-director has won an Oscar before - in 2006 for the brilliantly dark live-action short film "Six Shooter."
Actress in a supporting role
Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Laurie Metcalf, "Lady Bird"
Octavia Spencer, "The Shape of Water"
Mary J. Blige, "Mudbound"
Lesley Manville, "Phantom Thread"
Actor in a supporting role
Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Willem Dafoe, "The Florida Project"
Richard Jenkins, "The Shape of Water"
Christopher Plummer, "All the Money in the World"
Woody Harrelson, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Best animated feature film
Best original song
"Remember Me," "Coco"
"Mighty River," "Mudbound"
"This Is Me," "The Greatest Showman"
"Mystery of Love," "Call Me By Your Name"
"Stand Up for Something," "Marshall"
Best adapted screenplay
"Call Me By Your Name," James Ivory
"Mudbound," Virgil Williams and Dee Rees
"Molly's Game," Aaron Sorkin
"The Disaster Artist," Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
"Logan," Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
Best original screenplay
"Get Out," Jordan Peele
"Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Martin McDonagh
"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
"The Big Sick," Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Best foreign language film
"A Fantastic Woman"
"On Body and Soul"
"Last Men in Aleppo"
"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"
Best documentary short subject
"Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405"
"Blade Runner 2049," Roger Deakins
"The Shape of Water," Dan Laustsen
"Dunkirk," Hoyte Van Hoytema
"Mudbound," Rachel Morrison
"Darkest Hour," Bruno Delbonnel
Immediate reaction: There are two headlines in this category. The first is the fact that Morrison's presence marks the first time a woman has been nominated for cinematography. The second is Deakins, who is up for his 14th Academy Award and has never won. Will this be his year? It's certainly possible. His work on "Blade Runner" was stunning, plus it would be a long time coming.
Best production design
"The Shape of Water," Paul D. Austerberry
"Blade Runner 2049," Dennis Gassner
"Dunkirk," Nathan Crowley
"Darkest Hour," Sarah Greenwood
"Beauty and the Beast," Sarah Greenwood
Immediate reaction: It's hard to find much fault in this category where production designers created some memorable visual worlds. This is Austerberry's first nomination, but he has a good shot for his work on "The Shape of Water," recreating a mid-century America punctuated by fantastical elements. His big competition is from Gassner who has won once before, decades ago for "Bugsy," and conjured up a stunning futuristic world with cities filled with fluorescent sensory overload alongside post-apocalyptic desertscapes.
Best film editing
"Dunkirk," Lee Smith
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," John Gregory
"The Shape of Water," Sidney Wolinsky
"Baby Driver," Jonathan Amos and Paul Machliss
"I, Tonya," Tatiana S. Riegel
Best original score
"The Shape of Water," Alexandre Desplat
"Dunkirk," Hans Zimmer
"Phantom Thread," Jonny Greenwood
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Carter Burwell
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," John Williams
Best visual effects
"War for the Planet of the Apes," Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist
"Blade Runner 2049," John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
"Kong: Skull Island," Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Best costume design
"Phantom Thread," Mark Bridges
"Beauty and the Beast," Jacqueline Durran
"The Shape of Water," Luis Sequeira
"Darkest Hour," Jacqueline Durran
"Victoria and Abdul," Consolata Boyle
Immediate reaction: Of course "Phantom Thread" would make the list. The movie follows a fastidious fashion designer who dreams up gorgeously lush dresses. Still, it's sad to see that Katharine Graham's caftan in "The Post" didn't get a mention.
Best sound editing
"Baby Driver," Julian Slater
"Dunkirk," Richard King and Alex Gibson
"Blade Runner 2049," Mark Mangini and Theo Green
"The Shape of Water," Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce
Best sound mixing
"The Shape of Water"
"Blade Runner 2049"
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
Best animated short film
Best live action short film
"My Nephew Emmett"
"The Silent Child"
"Watu Wote / All of Us"
"The Eleven O'Clock"
Best makeup and hair styling
"Wonder," Arjen Tuiten
"Darkest Hour," Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick
"Victoria and Abdul," Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard