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Hollywood Sex Scandals Shape Oscars, as ‘Shape of Water’ Takes 13 Noms

Director Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is this year’s Oscar darling.

Director Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is this year’s Oscar darling with 13 nominations, but Hollywood’s sex scandals appear to have influenced this year’s picks, most notably in James Franco’s snub.

The nominations were announced this morning (Jan. 23) by Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis.

Mary J Blige’s nomination for best supporting actress in “Mudbound” was the biggest surprise.

Guillermo del Toro

But Hollywood veterans were left out of the running, including Angelina Jolie and Michelle Williams.

In other surprise omissions, Tom Hanks failed to snag a nomination for Lead Actor for “The Post” and Judi Dench was absent from the Lead Actress category for “Victoria & Abdul.”

Among this year’s pictures, “The Big Sick,” “I, Tonya” and “Wonder Woman” were passed over for best picture nominations.

Jolie had to be disappointed because her moving film, “First They Killed My Father” lost out in the best foreign film category.

Among directors, Steven Spielberg, who helmed “The Post,” Martin McDonagh, who helmed “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” and Ridley Scott, who directed “All The Money In The World” were also overlooked.

Franco won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a SAG award for his work in the “Disaster Artist,” but he was caught up in a sex scandal involving former students of his now defunct acting school.

Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Gail Getty in Scott’s J. Paul Getty drama.

She made tabloid headlines this year for switch hitting after coming out at last year’s Oscars. She’s now dating a man.

Among other surprise Oscar misses were Tiffany Haddish for Girl’s Trip,” Holly Hunter for the Big Sick, despite getting a SAG nomination and Armie Hammer for his role in “Call Me By Your Name” despite a Golden Globe nomination.

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Otherwise, there were no surprises among the nominees. del Toro’s romantic film was a heavy favorite and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Sally Hawkins and Best Supporting Actor Richard Jenkins.

Del Toro won a Golden Globe for Best Director.

Another Globe winner, Gary Oldman is an odds-on favorite in the Best Actor category for his role as World War II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour.’

Daniel Day-Lewis is the sentimental favorite for his final film “Phantom Thread,” while Denzel Washington is the darkhorse for “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Also contending are Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me By Your Name,” and Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out.”

Saoirse Ronan winner of the Golden Globe for “Lady Bird” is the leading contender for Best Actress, followed by Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Margot Robbie for her role as figure skater Tonya Harding and perennial contender Meryl Streep has been nominated for “The Post.” She’s the sentimental favorite.

Jimmy Kimmel returns as host this year. The awards will be handed out at the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood, Sunday, March 4.

The 2018 Academy Awards Nominations
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

Best Actor:
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

Best Actress:
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

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

Best 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

Best Director:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Fantastic Woman
The Insult
Loveless
On Body and Soul
The Square

Best Animated Film:
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Best Documentary:
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
Icarus
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island

Best Documentary Short:
Edith+Eddie
Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

Best Animated Short
Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

Best Live Action Short:
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett

The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Call Me by Your Name
The Disaster Artist
Logan
Molly’s Game
Mudbound

Best Original Screenplay:
The Big Sick
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Cinematography:
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

Best Editing:
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Makeup and Hair:
Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

Best Score:
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Song:
Mighty River, Mudbound
The Mystery of Love, Call Me by Your Name
Remember Me, Coco
Stand Up for Something, Marshall
This Is Me, The Greatest Showman

Best Production Design:
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water

Best Sound Editing:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Sound Mixing:
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best 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