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Oscar nominations: Winners, losers, and 'Boss Babies'

24 January 2018, 11:32 | Ivan Casey

Del Toro's 'Shape of Water' poised to lead Oscar nominations

Sally Hawkins left and Octavia Spencer in a scene from the film

But the contentious revenge drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also emerged as a very strong contender, receiving nine Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.

The Gal Gadot superhero film, which became a lightning rod previous year for female empowerment, was completely left off the nomination list. For instance, the honest poster for Call Me By Your Name references to peach scene that had many people talking, while the poster for Three Billboards calls attention to the film's "dubious racial politics".

On the flip-side, of course, some films that were thought to be out of contention have racked up multiple awards. They're honored just to be nominated, it's such great recognition, what a fine group of actors to share this honor with, etc., etc.

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"For 25 years, I've been preaching that the dark poetry and emotion of my stories are fairytales for modern times", Mexican director del Toro told Reuters. Others say the crown should go to The Post, with its depiction of a woman coming into her own as a leader and taking a stand against the kind of attacks on journalists that resonate today.

Meanwhile, The Shape of Water, which won the Producers Guild award for Best Picture, is the biggest nominee this year, with 13 nods.

Hawkins and Ronan face The Post's Meryl Streep, I, Tonya's Margot Robbie and Three Billboard's Frances McDormand, who has already triumphed at the Globes and the SAGs with the role. It was nominated for best picture, while Kaluuya got a best actor nomination.

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Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) was nominated for best actor, likely eclipsing James Franco (Disaster Artist).

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.

Also, a history-making development occurred when out screenwriter/director Dee Rees became the first African-American woman ever to be nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for the movie Mudbound, which also saw singer/actress Mary J. Blige nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song. Peele and Gerwig were also nominated for original screenplay, while del Toro was nominated along with Vanessa Taylor for "The Shape of Water".

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The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 4. However, the Oscars treated the bleak romance particularly well, Phantom Thread achieving a best picture nomination, while Anderson managed best director and Lesley Manville a best supporting actress nomination.

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