Sexy Fish Monsters, Replicants, And Mutants Among Those Nominated For The 2018 Oscars

If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.

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During this morning's announcement of the 2018 Oscar nominees, it quickly became clear that Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water wasn't just going to be an Academy darling - it's a straight-up juggernaut. There's a particular kind of genre film that's always been able to transcend the boundaries around fantasy or science fiction to capture the hearts and minds of the Academy, and this year was no exception.

In addition to The Shape of Water, genre titles such as Blade Runner 2049, The Last Jedi, Get Out and Logan are all up for an impressive spread of categories that include more than the traditional collection of technical awards that more FX-heavy films tend to be nominated for. Solid as this year's genre lineup is, the films are all up against stiff competition from a roster of more traditional prestige films that just might shut the science fiction selection out. What didn't we see nominated this year? Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.

Here are the nominees for this year's major Oscar categories:

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 in a Leading Role

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.

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, The Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Ladybird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Actress in a Supporting Role

Mary J Blige

Allison Janney

Lesley Manville

Laurie Metcalf

Octavia Spencer

Animated Feature Film

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

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Directing

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Documentary Feature

Abacus

Faces, Places

Icarus

Last Man In Aleppo

Strong Island

Foreign Language Film

A Fantastic Woman

The Insult

Loveless

On Body And Soul

The Square

Original Song

"Mighty River," Mudbound

"Mystery of Love," Call Me By Your Name

"Remember Me," Coco

"Stand Up For Something," Marshall

"This Is Me," The Greatest Showman

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

Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Mudbound

The Shape of Water

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Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Victoria & Abdul

Film Editing

Baby Driver

Dunkirk

I, Tonya

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Makeup and Hairstyling

Darkest Hour

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

Original Score

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Production Design

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

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

Silent Child

Watu Wote (All Of Us)

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Sound Editing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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


Any glaring omissions for you this year? You can view the complete list of all the nominees on the Oscar website.