• Sally Hawkins in 'The Shape of Water'. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Australian Margot Robbie earned a nod for 'I, Tonya' but Guillermo del Toro's romantic ode to the horror films of his youth, dominated the 90th Academy Awards nominations on Tuesday, picking up 13 nominations.
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Dunkirk followed with eight nominations, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri bagged seven. All three films earned best picture nods. The rest of the category was rounded out by Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, and The Post.

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"This has been a remarkable year for the movies," Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President John Bailey said before nominations were announced.

Indeed, but as much for what happened behind-the-scenes as for the on-screen work on display. This year's Oscars are unfolding at a time of tumult for the movie business. In October, dozens of women stepped forward to accuse mogul and producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. Weinstein was a mainstay of awards season, credited with creating the modern Oscar campaign (a seemingly endless parade of celebrity grip-and-grins paired with a whisper network aimed at crippling the perceived frontrunners).

Since the allegations broke, Weinstein has been fired from his company and drummed out of the industry. But the issue has only widened. Scores of big names a group ranging from Oscar winners Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman to A-list director and film financier Brett Ratner - have all been accused of sexual misconduct or assault, often at the cost of their careers.

Spacey's fall ended up working to the advantage of one nominee. Christopher Plummer was nominated for best supporting actor after he became a last-minute replacement for Spacey in All the Money in the World, filming his part as oil baron J. Paul Getty in a matter of weeks after principal photography had been completed. At 88, he is the oldest Oscar acting nominee in history.

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Other performers were bruised by the scandal. James Franco had been viewed as a lead actor contender for his work in The Disaster Artist. But allegations of misconduct involving students at his acting school broke just before the end of Oscar voting, and last-minute ballots could have been affected. When best actor nominations were announced, Franco's name wasn't among them.

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But despite the scandal's shadow, it was a morning of barrier-breaking in some important categories. Rachel Morrison became the first woman nominated for a cinematography Oscar for her work in Mudbound. Greta Gerwig is only the fifth woman nominated in the best director category for bringing Lady Bird, a tender coming-of-age story, to the screen, while Get Out"s Jordan Peele became the fifth black man nominated in the best director category.

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And Meryl Streep extended her record streak of nominations, picking up a 21st nod for her performance as a newspaper publisher in The Post.

In addition to Streep, the best actress category is comprised of Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri), and Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird).

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McDormand has vacuumed up many of the early awards for her work as an ornery mother out to revenge her daughter's rape and murder, earning Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild statues for her work. The prickly star, a winner for 1996's "Fargo," has indicated that she could do without the recognition.

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Christopher Nolan, whose work in blockbusters such as The Dark Knight and Inception has earned him unparalleled box office clout, finally snagged his first best director nomination for Dunkirk. The other nominated directors include Peele, Gerwig, del Toro, and, in something of an upset, Phantom Thread's Paul Thomas Anderson.

With Franco out of the mix and Hanks overlooked, the leading actor category comes down to Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Timothee Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.).

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Oldman is viewed as the actor to beat for his chameleonic turn as Winston Churchill. It will also mark something of a send-off for Day Lewis, a three-time winner and six-time nominee. The mercurial actor announced his retirement last summer after completing his work as an obsessive dressmaker in Phantom Thread.

Often overlooked by the Academy, Netflix had a very good morning on Tuesday, earning seven nominations, including several key nods for Mudbound and the Russian doping documentary Icarus. At the same time, Amazon was nearly shut out, picking up a single nomination for Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's The Big Sick screenplay.

In recent years, Oscar voters tastes have diverged from the preferences of the wider public. Last year's best picture winner, Moonlight was a low-budget indie, for instance, and this year's crop of best picture nominees were primarily art house productions. Only Dunkirk and Get Out earned north of $100 million USD, for instance, while the likes of The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, and Lady Bird all hail from indie players or the specialty divisions of major studios.

The Oscars will be handed out on March 4, 2018.

The list of 2018 Oscar 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

Lead 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.'

Lead 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'

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'

Director:

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

Animated Feature:

"The Boss Baby," Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito
"The Breadwinner," Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo
"Coco," Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
"Ferdinand," Carlos Saldanha
"Loving Vincent," Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

"Dear Basketball," Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
"Garden Party," Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon
"Lou," Dave Mullins, Dana Murray
"Negative Space," Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
"Revolting Rhymes," Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

"Call Me by Your Name," James Ivory
"The Disaster Artist," Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
"Logan," Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green
"Molly's Game," Aaron Sorkin
"Mudbound," Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

"The Big Sick," Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
"Get Out," Jordan Peele
"Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig
"The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Martin McDonagh

Cinematography:

"Blade Runner 2049," Roger Deakins
"Darkest Hour," Bruno Delbonnel
"Dunkirk," Hoyte van Hoytema
"Mudbound," Rachel Morrison
"The Shape of Water," Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

"Abacus: Small Enough to Jail," Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman
"Faces Places," JR, Agnes Varda, Rosalie Varda
"Icarus," Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan
"Last Men in Aleppo," Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen
"Strong Island," Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

"Edith+Eddie," Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright
"Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405," Frank Stiefel
"Heroin(e)," Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon
"Knife Skills," Thomas Lennon
"Traffic Stop," Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

"DeKalb Elementary," Reed Van Dyk
"The Eleven O'Clock," Derin Seale, Josh Lawson
"My Nephew Emmett," Kevin Wilson, Jr.
"The Silent Child," Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton
"Watu Wote/All of Us," Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

"A Fantastic Woman" (Chile)
"The Insult" (Lebanon)
"Loveless" (Russia)
"On Body and Soul (Hungary)
"The Square" (Sweden)

Film Editing:

"Baby Driver," Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
"Dunkirk," Lee Smith
"I, Tonya," Tatiana S. Riegel
"The Shape of Water," Sidney Wolinsky
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

"Baby Driver," Julian Slater
"Blade Runner 2049," Mark Mangini, Theo Green
"Dunkirk," Alex Gibson, Richard King
"The Shape of Water," Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

"Baby Driver," Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin
"Blade Runner 2049," Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill
"Dunkirk," Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo
"The Shape of Water," Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

"Beauty and the Beast," Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer
"Blade Runner 2049," Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
"Darkest Hour," Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
"Dunkirk," Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
"The Shape of Water," Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau

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," Mary J. Blige
"Mystery of Love" from "Call Me by Your Name," Sufjan Stevens
"Remember Me" from "Coco," Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez
"Stand Up for Something" from "Marshall," Diane Warren, Common
"This Is Me" from "The Greatest Showman," Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

"Darkest Hour," Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick
"Victoria and Abdul," Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
"Wonder," Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

"Beauty and the Beast," Jacqueline Durran
"Darkest Hour," Jacqueline Durran
"Phantom Thread," Mark Bridges
"The Shape of Water," Luis Sequeira
"Victoria and Abdul," Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

"Blade Runner 2049," John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer
"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick
"Kong: Skull Island," Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan
"War for the Planet of the Apes," Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist