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Oscars 2018: The Imaginative, Thoughtful, and Timely Nominated Films

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and it’s an electrifying list. The breadth and depth of stories this year was stunning, and the talent on and off screen gets better every year. As it did at the Golden Globes, The Shape of Water leads the nominations with a total of 13. Black Panther cinematographer, Rachel Morrison, became the first female nominated for Cinematography for her work on the powerful Mudbound. Get Out received the rare Best Picture nomination for a horror film. It also scooped up a nod for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The only horror film to ever take home the statue was The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird earned her top nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The only female director to win Best director was Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty in 2012, but Gerwig stands a good chance of being number 2.

Here’s the full list of nominees. We’ll be breaking down all the categories as we approach the ceremony on March 4.

BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers

DARKEST HOUR, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers

DUNKIRK, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

GET OUT, Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers

LADY BIRD, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, Producers

PHANTOM THREAD, JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers

THE POST, Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

TIMOTHÉE 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.

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

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

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

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

THE BOSS BABY, Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito

THE BREADWINNER, Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo

COCO, Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson

FERDINAND, Carlos Saldanha

LOVING VINCENT, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BLADE RUNNER 2049, Roger A. 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

DIRECTING

DUNKIRK, Christopher Nolan

GET OUT, Jordan Peele

LADY BIRD, Greta Gerwig

PHANTOM THREAD, Paul Thomas Anderson

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo del Toro 

DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, Steve James, Mark Mitten and Julie Goldman

FACES PLACES, Agnès Varda, JR and Rosalie Varda

ICARUS, Bryan Fogel and Dan Cogan

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen

STRONG ISLAND, Yance Ford and Joslyn Barnes

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

EDITH+EDDIE, Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright

HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405, Frank Stiefel

HEROIN(E), Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon

KNIFE SKILLS, Thomas Lennon

TRAFFIC STOP, Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

FILM EDITING

BABY DRIVER

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos

DUNKIRK, Lee Smith

I, TONYA, Tatiana S. Riegel

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Sidney Wolinsky

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, Jon Gregory

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A FANTASTIC WOMAN, Chile

THE INSULT, Lebanon

LOVELESS, Russia

ON BODY AND SOUL, Hungary

THE SQUARE, Sweden 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

DARKEST HOUR, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick

VICTORIA & ABDUL, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

WONDER, Arjen Tuiten

MUSIC (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

MUSIC (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

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

DEAR BASKETBALL, Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant

GARDEN PARTY, Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon

LOU, Dave Mullins and Dana Murray

NEGATIVE SPACE, Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

REVOLTING RHYMES, Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DEKALB ELEMENTARY, Reed Van Dyk

THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK, Derin Seale and Josh Lawson

MY NEPHEW EMMETT, Kevin Wilson, Jr.

THE SILENT CHILD, Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

WATU WOTE/ALL OF US, Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen

SOUND EDITING

BABY DRIVER, Julian Slater

BLADE RUNNER 2049, Mark Mangini and Theo Green

DUNKIRK, Richard King and Alex Gibson

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce

SOUND MIXING

BABY DRIVER, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin and Mary H. Ellis

BLADE RUNNER 2049, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill and Mac Ruth

DUNKIRK, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker and Gary A. Rizzo

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern and Glen Gauthier

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Stuart Wilson

VISUAL EFFECTS

BLADE RUNNER 2049, John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert and Richard R. Hoover

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

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon and Joel Whist

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, Screenplay by James Ivory

THE DISASTER ARTIST, Screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

LOGAN, Screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green; Story by James Mangold

MOLLY’S GAME, Written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin

MUDBOUND, Screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

THE BIG SICK, Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

GET OUT, Written by Jordan Peele

LADY BIRD, Written by Greta Gerwig

THE SHAPE OF WATER, Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, Written by Martin McDonagh

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