Other Nominations: Best Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Supporting Actress (Lesley Manville), Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Director
Billed as Daniel Day-Lewis' final performance, the latest from Paul Thomas Anderson is set in 1950s London. It chronicles the life of dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock, who develops a relationship with muse and lover Alma. Reynolds' way of life is challenged by this dynamic, as Alma will not allow him to just dismiss their affair when Reynolds suggests he's ready to move on.
Phantom Thread is now playing in 651 theaters nationwide. It is available for preorder on iTunes. The physical Blu-ray won't hit shelves until April 10, so cinephiles should seek this one out at the multiplex.
Other Nominations: Best Lead Actress (Meryl Streep)
Fast-tracked into production to capitalize on the current state of U.S. politics/media relations, Steven Spielberg's historical drama tells the true story of the Washington Post's decision to publish the "Pentagon Papers," which detailed the unsavory aspects of America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Post publisher Kay Graham faced mounting pressure from company investors, as well as the threat of U.S. President Richard Nixon while debating the best course of action.
The Post is now in 795 theaters. It is also available for preorder on iTunes and the Blu-ray is coming in the spring.
The Shape of Water
Other Nominations: Best Director, Best Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design
The leader of the pack with a whopping 13 nominations, Guillermo del Toro's ode to outsiders is one of this year's prohibitive favorites after taking home the top prize at the PGA Awards. It revolves around mute janitor Elisa Esposito, who works at a government facility that receives an amphibious man to examine. Elisa forms a connection with "The Asset" and helps it escape captivity with the aid of her friends. Del Toro drew inspiration from classic monster movies such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon when crafting this fairy tale.
The Shape of Water is now in 721 theaters. The film will be released on digital February 27, with the Blu-ray following on March 13.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Other Nominations: Best Lead Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson), Best Original Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing
Perhaps the year's most divisive contender, Martin McDonagh's dark comedy tells the story of grieving mother Mildred Hayes, who lost her daughter in a gruesome attack the police have yet to solve. She fights back against local law enforcement by calling them out on three billboards just outside of town, landing herself in hot water with Chief Willoughby and racist cop Jason Dixon. The film swept this year's SAG Awards, including a big win in the Outstanding Ensemble category.
Three Billboards is currently playing in 621 theaters. It is now available on iTunes. The Blu-ray will hit shelves on February 27.
We will continuously update this post between now and the Oscar ceremony to reflect theater count changes and home media release dates. In the meantime, let us know what you thought of this crop of nominees and which ones you intend on watching in the comments!