Del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ lands a leading 13 Oscar nods

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” fished out a leading 13 nominations, Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director and “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman to earn a nod in that category in nominations announced Tuesday for the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Oscar voters put forward nine best-picture nominees: “The Shape of Water,” ”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” ”Lady Bird,” ”Get Out,” ”The Post,” ”Dunkirk,” ”Call Me By Your Name” and “Phantom Thread.”

The cascading fallout of sexual harassment scandals throughout Hollywood put particular focus on the best director category, which for many is a symbol of gender inequality in the film industry. Gerwig follows only Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow, the sole woman to win (for “The Hurt Locker”).

Also nominated for best director was “Get Out” director Jordan Peele. He becomes the fifth black filmmaker nominated for best director, and third to helm a best-picture nominee, following Barry Jenkins last year for “Moonlight.”

Though all of the front-runners — Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”) — landed their expected nominations, there were surprises.

Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) was nominated for best actor, likely eclipsing James Franco (“Disaster Artist”). Franco was accused of sexual misconduct, which he denied, just days before Oscar voting closed.

Last year’s Oscars broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, drew 32.9 million viewers for ABC, a four percent drop from the prior year. More worrisome, however, was a steeper slide in the key demographic of adults aged 18-49, whose viewership was down 14 percent from 2016.

Though the show ran especially long, at three hours and 49 minutes, it finished with a bang: the infamous envelope mix-up that led to “La La Land” being incorrectly announced as the best picture before “Moonlight” was crowned.

This year, the academy has prohibited the PwC accountants who handle the envelopes from using cellphones or social media during the show. The accounting firm on Monday also unveiled several reforms including the addition of a third balloting partner in the show’s control room. Neither of the PwC representatives involved in the mishap last year, Brian Cullinan or Martha Ruiz, will return to the show.

But the movie business has larger accounting problems. Movie attendance hit a 24-year low in 2017 despite the firepower of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Beauty and the Beast” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” An especially dismal summer movie season was 92 million admissions shy of summer 2016, according to the National Alliance of Theater Owners.

Still, the summer produced one best-picture favorite, “Dunkirk,” which grossed $525.6 million worldwide. Warner Bros.’ Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” released in June to $821.8 million in ticket sales, became the highest grossing movie ever directed by a woman, though it did not receive any Oscar nods.

But the box-office hit that carved the most unlikely path to the Oscars is “Get Out.” It opened back in February on Oscar weekend, and went on to pocket $254.7 million worldwide. Though “Get Out” and “Dunkirk” lend a blockbuster punch to the best-picture field — something that has historically helped ratings of the broadcast — the other films in the mix are smaller indies.

It was a dominant if bittersweet day for 20th Century Fox. Its specialty label, Fox Searchlight, is behind both “Three Billboards” and “The Shape of Water,” and Fox released The Post.” Yet those wins may soon count for the Walt Disney Co., which last month reached a deal to purchase Fox for $52.4 billion.

Both Amazon and Netflix failed to crack the best picture category but earned nominations elsewhere. Netflix’s “Mudbound” scored a best-supporting nod for Mary J. Blige and Amazon’s “The Big Sick” grabbed a nomination for Holly Hunter in the same category. “The Big Sick” also scored an original screenplay nod.

List of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:

Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name,” ″Darkest Hour,” ″Dunkirk,” ″Get Out,” ″Lady Bird,” ″Phantom Thread,” ″The Post,” ″The Shape of Water,“”Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Actor: Timothee 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.”

Actress: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”; Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya”; Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird”; Meryl Streep in “The Post.”

Supporting Actor: 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.”

Supporting Actress: Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”; Allison Janney,“I, Tonya”; Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”; Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”; Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water.”

Directing: “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan; “Get Out,” Jordan Peele; “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig; “Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson; “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro.

Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman,” Chile;“The Insult” Lebanon; “Loveless,” Russia;“On Body and Soul,” Hungary;“The Square” Sweden.

Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me By Your Name,” ″The Disaster Artist,” ″Logan,” Molly’s Game,” ″Mudbound.”

Original Screenplay: “The Big Sick,” ″Get Out,” ″Lady Bird,” ″The Shape of Water,” ″Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Animated Feature Film: “The Boss Baby,” ″The Breadwinner,” ″Coco,” ″Ferdinand”: “Loving Vincent.”

Production Design: “Beauty and the Beast,” ″Blade Runner 2049,” ″Darkest Hour,” ″Dunkirk, “The Shape of Water.”

Cinematography: “Blade Runner 2049,” ″Darkest Hour,” ″Dunkirk,” ″Mudbound,” ″The Shape of Water.”

Sound Mixing: “Baby Driver,” ″Blade Runner 2049,” ″Dunkirk,” ″The Shape of Water,” ″Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

Sound Editing: “Baby Driver,” ″Blade Runner 2049,” ″Dunkirk,” ″The Shape of Water,” ″Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

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.

Original Song: “Mighty River” from “Mudbound”;″Mystery Of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”; “Remember Me” from “Coco”; “Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall”; “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Documentary Feature: “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,“”Faces Places,” ″Icarus,” ″Last Men in Aleppo,” ″Strong Island”

Documentary (short subject): “Edith+Eddie,” ″Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” ″Heroin(e),” ″Knife Skills,” ″Traffic Stop”

Film Editing: “Baby Driver,” ″Dunkirk,” ″I, Tonya,” ″The Shape of Water,” ″Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Darkest Hour,” ″Victoria & Abdul,” ″Wonder.”

Animated Short Film: “Dear Basketball,” ″Garden Party,” ″Lou,” ″Negative Space,” ″Revolting Rhymes.”

Live Action Short Film: “DeKalb Elementary,” ″The Eleven O’Clock,” ″My Nephew Emmett,” ″The Silent Child,” ″Watu Wote/All of Us.”

Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049,” ″Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” ″Kong: Skull Island,” ″Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ″War for the Planet of the Apes.”

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.

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