The Shape of Water leads the Oscars with 13 nominations this year.
It’s one of the biggest awards ceremonies of the year that in 2017, which saw the unbearable mix-up between La La Land and Moonlight go down in history; Ryan Gosling’s face says it all really, doesn’t it?
But all jokes aside, the Oscars celebrates some of the biggest actors, directors and screenplays, with Cinematographer Rachel Morrison also making Oscars history by becoming the only woman in its 90-year history to be nominated for Best Cinematography.
Today’s Oscar nom couldn’t have seemed further away not long ago so I hope it tells all the dreamers out there (especially the young girls with cameras in their hands) that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Thank you to Dee Rees and to the Academy for making my dream a reality. #oscarnoms
— Rachel Morrison (@morrisondp) January 23, 2018
Take a look at some of our favourites that are battling to get their hands on one of the prestigious golden trophies.
Call Me By Your Name
Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Song and Best Adapted Screenplay
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name was hailed by critics when it was released last October. With a total of four nominations, this romantic drama follows the life of 17-year-old Elio, who falls in love with Oliver, his father’s research assistant.
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Starring: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles
Director: Christopher Nolan
With a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Christopher Nolan’s adaptation of Dunkirk was one of the most talked about movies in 2017. Hailed by critics, it made an incredible £44.8million in the UK box office following its release and saw the acting debut of One Direction heart-throb, Harry Styles. With an outstanding score from Hans Zimmer, this compelling story of the evacuation of troops during World War II has bagged itself a total of eight nominations.
Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford
Director: Jordan Peele
Daniel Kaluuya has come a long way since his days of playing Posh Kenneth in teen drama Skins. His performance in thriller Get Out has seen him nominated for Best Actor, for his role as Chris, who makes a number of seriously disturbing discoveries after embarking on a weekend getaway with his girlfriend’s parents.
The Shape of Water
Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Leading the way at this year’s awards is The Shape of Water. With 13 nominations, this fantasy/sci-fi set in during the Cold War era has swept the board, with Variety describing it as “A ravishing, eccentric auteur’s imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore.” Directed by legendary Guillermo del Toro of Pan’s Labyrinth, it’s an absolute must-see that we can expect to see big things from this awards season.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Score
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell.
Director: Martin McDonagh
From the director that brought us In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a dark comedy that follows the story of Mildred Hayes, who paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police, after months have passed without a culprit being tracked for her daughter’s murder case. But when Willoughby’s second-in-command gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stann and Allison Janney
Director: Craig Gillespie
Margot Robbie stars in this drama based on the life of American figure skater, Tonya Harding. Harding sparked one of the most sensational scandals in sporting history when she carried out a poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.
Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm
Director: Edgar Wright
We couldn’t get enough of Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) brilliantly clever Baby Driver here at Style Birmingham HQ. Not only is it brilliantly shot and cast, but the soundtrack works in perfect sync with everything from wild car chases to Baby (Ansel Elgort) strolling down the street on his way to plot meetings.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Best Visual Effects
Starring: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel
Director: James Gunn (II)
After the success of the first instalment, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a lot to live up to, especially with how utterly incredible the soundtrack to the first movie was. We were impressed by what the follow-up had to offer, and it came as no surprise to see it amongst the nominations for Best Visual Effects. But we still can’t help but feel like DC’s Wonder Woman lost out by being completely snubbed from this year’s awards, despite being one of the most talked about superhero movies of the year, taking girl power to the next level.
Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Make-Up and Hair Styling
Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James
Director: Joe Wright
We hardly recognised Gary Oldman when photos of him taking on the role of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill emerged. Released in December 2017, Darkest Hour is set in the early days of World War II, when the country is preparing itself for its darkest time. Amongst troops being trapped on Dunkirk and the country facing invasion, newly appointed Churchill must confront the ultimate choice: negotiate with Hitler and save the British people at a terrible cost or rally the nation and fight on against incredible odds.
The Greatest Showman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Zak Effron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya
Director: Michael Gracey
Based on the life of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is the new masterpiece starring Hugh Jackman. The soundtrack has been on everyone’s lips since the movie came out last month, with This Is Me being nominated for Best Song. A musical movie that celebrates showmanship and the birth of show business, this feel-good film has got everyone talking for the right reasons.