The nominations for the 2018 Oscars ceremony were just announced and, as usual, some films blew away the competition when it comes to recognition. While there are many notable award ceremonies that serve to honor the best of the big screen, the most revered continues to be the Oscars, despite their sometimes questionable choices for Best Picture.
The phrase "it's an honor just to be nominated" has become a cliche, but in many ways it's quite true. Whether a given nominee wins or not, they've still received a tip of the hat from their peers, and praise as one of the year's best efforts. Here's who's already been heavily honored by the Academy with the most nominations.
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The Shape of Water Got The Most Nominations At 13
Easily taking the prize for most nominations earned for the 2018 Oscars is Guillermo's Del Toro's genre-defying fantasy romance The Shape of Water, which scooped up a massive 13 nods total. In addition to a Best Picture nomination, The Shape of Water also received nominations for Del Toro as Best Director, Sally Hawkins as Best Actress, Octavia Spencer as Best Supporting Actress, Richard Jenkins as Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Whether or not The Shape of Water wins all of those awards, it's clearly being singled out as an amazing overall achievement in filmmaking.
Dunkirk Was A Surprising Second Place
Coming in second in the race for most 2018 Oscar nominations is Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk, which picked up 8 total, including Best Picture. Its other nominations include Nolan as Best Director (a first for the filmmaker), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.
Best Picture Favorite Three Billboards Came Third
Just behind Dunkirk in the nomination count is the complexly plotted, sometimes darkly comedic crime thriller Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It too picked up a nod for Best Picture, as part of its seven total nominations. The others were for Frances McDormand as Best Actress, both Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell as Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score.
Beyond the top three sits Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, which is set to serve as Daniel Day-Lewis' final film as an actor. Phantom Thread earned 6 nominations, including Best Picture, Anderson as Best Director, Day-Lewis as Best Actor, Lesley Manville as Best Supporting Actress, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. Also receiving 6 nominations is historical drama Darkest Hour, those being for Best Picture, Gary Oldman as Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Right behind Phantom Thread and Darkest Hour in the count is Denis Villeneuve's belated sci-fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 and Greta Gerwig's acclaimed dramedy Lady Bird with 5 nominations each. Rounding out the list of multiple nominees is Jordan Peele's racially-charged horror film Get Out, coming-of-age romantic drama Call Me By Your Name, and 1940s period drama Mudbound with 4 nominations each.